National Driving and Traffic School is proud to announce their 2020 scholarship opportunity, entitled “In the Driver’s Seat.” The company is seeking to reward essay applicants $3,000 in scholarships- for students entering college or already enrolled in a higher education institution – on the topic of being a safer driver.
Driver Education Initiative 2020: In the Driver’s Seat
The Topic of this year’s essay submissions deals with the serious implications of being a driver. In America, an average of 34,000 people die each year as a result of driving. This is more people who have died in one year as a result of driving, than the total number of American soldiers who have died from war in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. The total number of Americans who die within the span of two years as a result of driving is more than the total number of American deaths from the Vietnam war. This is to say, driving is more dangerous and deadly for our nation than being involved in combat, and highlights the serious consequences of being negligent on the road.
courtesy: NHTSA, Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_military_casualties_of_war
Many drivers are not aware of these startling and very scary facts, especially newer drivers. The essay contest “In The Driver’s Seat” seeks to have applicants highlight the importance of being a safe and educated driver. This scholarship seeks to reward six students for his or her submission dealing with the importance of being a safe and educated driver. The application is handled in essay format. To apply, submit an essay of less than 500 words in Microsoft Word format addressing the following questions:
QUESTIONS TO BE ANSWERED IN YOUR ESSAY / APPLICATION:
- What is the importance of driver education in reducing the number deaths as a result of driving?
- What steps can be taken to reduce the number of deaths related to driving?
- Have you ever had an experience of being in car accident or have seen your friends or family members driving irresponsibly?
- What steps can you take to be a better and safer driver as well as help others become safer on the road?
This is an annual scholarship program.
Winners selected for 2019 Fall Contest
Previous Contest Winner Announcements.
Applicants must be currently enrolled in either High School, University or College as a full-time student (2020-2021 school year). Employees and relatives of National Driving and Traffic School are ineligible. There will be three contest submission dates. To be eligible for the contest submit your essay by one the submission dates.
- Round 1: January 6th 2020 – March 31st Winners: Announced May 1st
- Round 2: Accepting entries May 1st – August 1st. Announced September 1st
- Round 3: Accepting entries September 1st – November 30th. Winners announced 1/01/21
Along with your submission please include a picture of yourself which we can post on our site to go along with your essay
The winner will be required to provide proof of successful acceptance to a Higher Institute of Learning, College or University. Payment will be made directly to the applicant’s college. If you have additional questions, please contact us.
Apply for the 2020 Driver Ed Online Contest here
2020 Driver Education Essays Gallery
by Macy Shivalec
Explains the importance of driver education and knowing the rules of the road.
by Carsyn Earl Jacobsen
My essay points out the importance of each individual prioritizing law and safety over convenience and haste. Additionally, I issue a challenge to each reader.
by Patricia Golden
This essay touches briefly on the importance drivers education.
by Abigail Koester
With more regulations in place for student driver education, the roads and mother's hearts can be a lot safer.
by Austin W. Conner
A discussion of the problems we face on the road and ways to improve on them.
by Jean Paul Fuentes
This essay is to inform people on my personal perspective on distrcated driving. It is based on personal experiences and advice from my parents. I've included a special example that is not as typical as one may encounter.
by Chase Rudders
Driving can be a dangerous time in a young teenagers life and its important to realize the dangers. Driving safe and getting home safe to your family should be your number 1 priority. In this essay I will discuss common dangers on the road and things to take in consideration when you are driving.
by Meredith Rosenberg
This essay depicts the importance of driving knowledge for all ages, the practice of non-distracted driving, and the value of being a cautious, alert, and most importantly, safe driver. In addition to alerting audiences of the dire need to educate proper driving tips and rules, the essay elaborates on various methods as to how we can implement this particular idea. Therefore, everyone who shares the road will encounter an intentional, dependable, and harmonious experience on the road.
by Andrea Rodriguez
It's important to reduce the number of deaths while is to be safe on the road that's why they advertise the no drinking and driving since they want to protect all people at all times and also the texting and driving so by that they want to get rid of all the distractions out of the way. One of family members recently got into a car accident due to being under the influence of alcohol and that was mistake to be driving while being drunk but thankfully he is fine and in better health. The way people can be safer on the road is to make sure that they find a ride home when under the influence of alcohol or getting distracted by the phones.
by Brett Dildy
Driving holds freedoms and dangers. This explains the importance of smart driving decisions and steps to take in order to become a more responsible driver. Driving for teens brings along lots of new freedoms and experiences yet also drags along the dangers of the roads. Many kids having still gone through the drivers ed program make idiotic choices behind the wheel resulting in roughly 1.25 million deaths each year. Drivers of all ages, not just young need to understand the consequences that come along with making bad decisions while driving. Driver education holds huge importance in reducing the number of deaths on roads because the more people are educated, the lower the chance of them making a mistake. The more in depth the programs get, the more educated new drivers will be when learning and beginning to drive and the less deaths there will be. If every new driver was able to get the message across of no drinking and driving and not to text and drive, the roads would be a much safer place. I think the steps needed to be taken is more in depth lessons about the real consequences of poor choices behind the wheel. There should be lots of lessons getting the message across about how dangerous these choices can be. With this, I believe the punishments should be more severe where once someone does something that gets them into trouble, they learn not to do it again. I was in a minor accident, more of a fender bender where an older adult had hit me. Whether or not she didn't see me or was on her phone, I'll never know but still the fact that it occurred was because of her unawareness or distractions from some outside source. These type of accidents happen all the time and are sometimes a lot worse. I have also seen some friends driving poorly and told them not to make those choices because in the end, losing your life over speeding or sending that text is not worth it. The steps I can take to be a better driver is to be smart behind the wheel. Eliminate all distractions and focus on where you are driving and what is going on around you. If you stay attentive to the roads and recognize situations faster, the better you are at avoiding those accidents. To help other drivers, like I do now and will continue to do, is to remind them of the dangers and making dumb choices behind the wheel as well as explaining the consequences of the poor choices made. With these in affect the roads will be much more safer and result in less deaths every year.
by Julia Cooke
I will describe my experience as a new driver and pose possible solutions to driving safer.
by Cassandra Ortega Cedeno
"The Driver And The Road" broadly describes some of the several dangers involved with driving, example sitiuations are provided aswell as how to handle these situations. Moreover the importance of attending drivers education and taking the time necessary to fully prepare for the road are stressed.
by Wasihun K Gema
According to a census conducted by Hedges & Company, as of 2019, there are roughly 284 registered cars in the United States. While this seems like pointless stats I am just throwing around, it is to put into perspective the likely chances of you having a car accident. I never really took it to heart when my mom or family friends told me to drive safely. I thought of myself as a superior driver to them and unfortunately, that was my first mistake. I could still see the airbag deploying, I could still hear the crashing of metal on metal, and I could still taste the smoke in the air till this day. I didn't understand what just had happened, never in a million years did I think I was going to get in an actual car accident. After I checked myself and the other driver to make sure there were no injuries, I looked back at my car and it just astounded me that I was able to walk away from that with minor injuries. I was still in shock when my mom and the cops arrived and the only thing on my mind was, "what if I wasn't wearing a seatbelt?"
by Ahmeris S. Morales Agosto
This Essay is to tell the reader why driver education is so important and should be given to every person that is going to driving. It also takes about why each one of us should always be alert when we seat behind the staring wheel. And Give you a few tips on how to be a safer driver and rotationally avoid a deadly car accident.
by Emily Elizabeth Garcia
We are provided with numerous rights in our nation and should not take the privileges we have for granted. Access to these rights gives us the freedom to express ourselves without any fear. It is key to teach others to not abuse the rights that we have been granted by our government.
by Erica Richter
This essay explores the role that Driver's education courses play in driver skill and crash rates. The essay argues that, because Driver's education is proven to lower crash rates, it should be made a prerequisite for licensure in every state.
by Ilianna Rodgers
This is an essay about safe driving and what can be done to make sure that everyone is driving safe.
by Melanie Ingemi
My essay is about how the driver leads the way to a safe commute. Staying alert and focused, maintaining an atmosphere condusive to driving, and defensive driving are the key.
by Jazmyn Janelle Oberes
After receiving a speeding citation, I began to regard road safety with higher importance. Considering that many drivers take on a passive approach to safety, there is a need for a program that makes sure they are always keeping in mind defensive driving methods and their importance.
by Victoria Philp
Nothing is more scary then experiencing your life threatened at the hands of someone else, yet thousands of people are killed because of just that. The number one cause of a car crash is driving while impaired, people are not taking the life on the other side of the steering wheel seriously. But with a fine tuned lesson plan and repeated courses safety will increase and accidents will decrease.
by Alaysia Gaston
This essay is to show how taking a drivers education course or class is more effective for safe driving and it gives some helpful tips to become a safe driver.
by Jordan Dallas Teaford
by Hannah Eriksen
I was in the car with my Aunt. We were leaving Target, and believing she was clear to cross the intersection, my Aunt sped to the other side of the street unaware of another car that was racing down the intersection directly in our path. Had I not screamed, we would have been killed. This terrifying experience opened my eyes to how your life can change in an instant. Thankfully, my Aunt stopped the car in time. We were lucky. Every year, approximately 1.24 million people die from an automobile accident world wide. The most common method of transportation in America is taking away 3,397 lives every day, indicating that something is with the way people drive. Change is a necessity. We need to revolutionize the way that automobile safety is communicated. Begining with people, like myself, advocating the importance of safe driving, this communication should grow into programs that allow people to take driving courses on a regular basis. The unfortunate aspect about how people learn to drive in Kentucky, my home, is that they are legally required to take one drivers education course to obtain their unrestricted license. This system is faulty. People won’t remember what they learned, especially if they only receive the information once. How to be a safe driver is a message that people need to receive at least once every five years. Don’t get me wrong, adults are busy. They won’t be thrilled at the prospect of additional drivers education courses. This concern is completely valid. However, when I found out the amount of people who die in car crashes each year, I was appalled. If the reinforced drivers courses were to tell people these terrifying numbers and model how they can make a difference, people will listen. We can’t be content with giving people a drivers course once in their lives. They are going to forget. State governments could issue required drivers ed courses, which over time would be effective, but what’s really going to spark change in society is the people themselves. In a society that has become surrounded by technology, it has become increasingly difficult to put down mobile devices while driving. Currently, over a fourth of all car crashes in the US were the result of people using their phones. This motivates me to encourage other drivers who I have seen on their phones while driving to stop. When I’m in the car with my friends, I can offer to text for them. These seemingly minuscule changes have the potential to save lives. We need to rethink the way certain practices, such as texting and driving, are viewed in our society. If only a few people began to make these changes, the ripple effect that it could create across the US would help ensure that in 2020 far fewer people will die in automobile accidents.
by David Yoon
The essay describes the problems driver's education could help and why it would help people reduce the number of deaths related to car accidents. It also states what I do to spread awareness and why it is effective. Then my personal accident is briefed and what I do to prevent my friends and family from being reckless drivers due to that experience.
by Ethan Avery Bright
In modern society, distractions are the main cause of vehicle collisions. Even though drivers are educated, mistakes are still made. To reduce collisions, drivers must reduce as many preventable distractions as possible so their focus is on the road.
by Sydney Childers
My essay tries to explain why driver safety is so important and what we can do to try to prevent major car accidents.
by Emma M Stevens
My opinion on the driving education problem
by Levi Cheney
This essay is about what should be done to improve driver safety and what I have done to stay safe.