Sophomores steal streets


By Wyatt Boyle

Illustration by Wyatt Boyle

The driver’s test, one of the biggest moments of most student’s sophomore year. It’s a big deal for most students because they get their driver’s licenses. Junior year can be an even bigger deal, because that’s the year their parents finally save up to buy them a car they’re going to flex everywhere like they were the ones who worked for it.

Just think, there are people out on the road who don’t really know how to drive, and here students are, proud they used a whopping three percent of their brains to pass the test. Did they stop behind the white line and kiss-up their instructor? Yay! They passed a test that’s been around for years! They don’t even need to do the “fancy” maneuvers right to pass the test. Between a daily five hours worth of homework, faking driving logs and sitting on the internet during online drivers ed, students don’t even need to pretend to put in effort anymore. This has made for some cocky sophomores, who think that since they have their license, the speed limit no longer applies to them. 

Now, everyone knows that one kid, who, the second they got their license, everyone knew. It was on the kid’s Snapchat, Instagram, grandma’s Myspace page, everywhere. Even if these kids don’t actually have cars of their own to drive around yet, be safe and stay off the roads. They will drive simply for the sake of driving, taking their parents’ cars without permission and ignoring their chores and younger siblings who need to be chauffeured. On average, this phase lasts for about the first two weeks of having their license. Then these kinds of kids finally calm down, as they realize all their friends have licenses of their own, and they were more than likely the last one in their little clique.

It’s even worse when kids get a new car. Block them on all forms of social media, but it doesn’t stop there. Everytime these kids are seen walking through the halls, they’re swinging a lanyard around with brand new car keys. If they hit someone while carelessly flailing around their brand new car keys, try to ignore them announcing their apologies to the entire hall because it was an “accident.” Flexing a new car can be anything from revving their engine when they pull out of the parking lot, blasting really loud music, trying to start a moshpit in the school parking lot jumping up and down on their hood, or simply bringing out their keys and spinning them around while talking.

Now it’s important to acknowledge, despite how annoying these kids can be, they’re still doing some good. They spend their gas money on students who don’t have rides home from athletics. They do nice things, even if it’s only after getting screamed and grounded by their parents. So, contrary to popular opinion and belief, student drivers do contribute to society.

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Wyatt Boyle is a senior, and it’s his second year writing for “The Roar” staff. He mainly enjoys writing Opinion and News, but writes whatever he has to. Outside of journalism, Wyatt likes to run track, play video games, and hang out with his friends.