National Driving and Traffic School is proud to announce their 2019 scholarship opportunity, entitled “In the Driver’s Seat.” The company is seeking to reward essay applicants $3,000 in scholarships- for students enrolled as a High School Sophomore, Junior, or Senior or as a College Freshman – on the topic of being a safer driver.
Driver Education Initiative 2019: 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:
This is an annual scholarship program
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?
BROWSE SUBMITTED ESSAYS BELOW ON OUR “Driver Education Initiative” CONTEST:
By “sharing” an essay on social media (Facebook, Twitter, and/or Google+), you are casting a “vote” that that essay should win.
2 prizes will be awarded for each of the three essay submission contests. One for the most votes and the other as our staff favorite.
Application Instructions Below.
by Chantal Carrillo-Ferreyra
As we become teenagers, learning how to drive is by far the most exciting thing. The problem is, we are so fascinated by the new experiences driving will bring us, rather than focusing on the implications it’ll have. If more people had conscience about how their actions behind the wheel affects others, there would be less deaths due to car accidents.
by Daija Green
"Knowledge is power" as stated by the British painter Francis Bacon. This quote is the epitome of the solution that can reduce the number of deaths caused by the lack of drivers safety. Driving has great power and impact in our society and as drivers we must take ownership in accepting responsibility to better educate ourselves on the importance of becoming safer drivers.
by Azade Jasmine Brown
My essay covers the safety of operating a vehicle and a little about myself. I hope that this would be very helpful. Thank you!
by Roselle WATKINS
Driving is a privilege and not a right.
by Laura Teresa Klump
My essay stresses the importance of being a responsible and focused driver as soon as you step into the drivers seat. Reckless driving doesn't effect just the driver; it effects others in the car, other drivers, and even pedestrians. Driving is a huge responsibility and many people do not realize that. By focusing while driving, it lowers the chances of crashes, keeping more people's lives thriving towards the future.
by Alexandra bartolomei
I wrote about the importance of learning the reality of driving distracted, including phone usage and being intoxicated. I also wrote about how we can learn to take steps to driving without phones so that we can be safe on the road.
by Justin James Cardona
The topic of drive distracted or die, is an uncomfortable topic. The first step to teen driving is to receive driver education. On top of the new responsibility of driving, we get such pleasure from our Smartphone. Anticipating what message awaits us after we hear an alert, is it similar to the anticipation of eating your favorite food. It has to do with our addictive nature and how our brain instinctively responds to that “ping” sound coming from our phone. Our brain gets a hit of dopamine, a chemical that leads to an increase in arousal, energizing the reward circuity in our brains when we hear the “ping” and we feel the urge to instantly check our phone. This is a lack of self-control. The message of resisting distracted driving needs to be reinforced often. We must AVOID THE PING!
by Campbell Robinson
My essay is focused to young teenage drivers in a way that they can relate to. I discuss what it takes to be behind the wheel and how driving can affect you and other peoples lives.
by Lesly Michelle Beltran
Teenagers Behind the Wheel Driving behind the wheel comes with serious consequences. It begins with teenagers being very excited to finally have a car not understanding the importance of saftey. With all the technology we have such as Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, etc, young adults get easily distracted. When driving, you should know that if you need to use your phone even if it is for a quick second or because it is an important call you should try to pull off to the side of the road to reply or another safe way to communicate is by using the HandsFree mode which is a way to hear a phonecall on speaker instead of texting. According to www.nsc.org there was a total of 40,000 car accidents where people lost their lives in the year 2018. It’s important that Driver’s Education which is a formal class or program that prepares new drivers to obtain a learner's permit or driver's license to educate about safety on the road and aids in providing knowledge on how to reduce accidents as well as informing drivers of the consequences that an individual can receive for causing an accident. Young adults who feel they are ready to be on the road should be aware about the fact that most accidents are caused by their age group. According to www.cdc.gov, which is a major operating component of the Health and Human Services website states that the “... risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among 16-19 year olds than among any other age group.” Driving recklessly or under the influence can increase the road death rate. You should suggest to your friends who are out partying to not drive but instead use other transportation options such as Lyft, Uber, or calling a family/friend to pick them up. There are families being torn apart because those driving under the influence are not in the right mind to make responsible decisions. To reduce deaths in accidents especially for the 16-19 age group, high schools should provide a free drivers education courses on their campus for students and help with making the payments affordable. If high school’s can provide this for their students then there would be less accidents on the road and it can possibly reduce the statistics of 16-19 year olds having the highest car accidents. I believe that when given a ticket with a huge number on it makes it very tough for those who can barley provide for their families to ever get back on their feet because a fine for a DUI is expensive and when found guilty it ranges from $10,000-$15,000 dollars. Another step that can be used to become a better driver is to go online and practice more about safety. There’s a website called www.teendrive365inschool.com it is comprehensive program designed to promote safe driving habits and put an end to distracted driving. They provide you with 2-3 minute clips with safety behind a wheel and mini-quizzes and games to enjoy. Personally I have never been in a car accident but there are many car accidents near my home. Many of the car accidents that occur throughout my neighborhood are young teenagers who are speed racing with other vehicles. The last accident near my home was very emotional because hearing the families mourning for the loss of their children who were two young adults who died to severe burns was very heartbreaking. A story that has affected me personally was also of young high school students from Century High School in Santa Ana who died instantly in car accident after the driver had lost control of the wheel causing the car to roll over killing two and three others having serious injuries. Driving has very serious consequences that come along with it. This is why I agree that young adults should be provided with affordable drivers education before receiving a car. Lastly, steps you can take to become a better driver can be to learn things you need improving on during the night when there is less cars around and with an adult in the car if under 18 years of age. Ask a trusted family member or friends who you feel comfortable with in a car for advice. You can learn better from those with more experience behind a wheel. As teenagers we should educate one another to be more safe and cautious while out on the road. Speak to your friends who you feel need more training behind the wheel because a life can be taken instantly. Driving behind the wheel is to be taken very serious teach them to be aware and be alert. For more information you can head to calif.aaa.com for preparation skills and tips to become a better driver. Remember you can either hand in your keys or your life, make the right choice.
by J'son Hodge
In my essay, I outline some of the ways we can teach the next generation and mold them into safe drivers, as well as what we can do to be more responsible when we are on the road with others.
by Fernando Tipacti Jr
The importance of driver education is absolutely crucial in today’s society. With a new age of social media among today’s teenagers, they aren’t worried about safe or paying attention to their surroundings. What they are worried about is showing off to social media that they’re able to drive or their new car that their parents have bought them. Due to this monstrosity, teenagers today are more likely to get into car accidents as opposed to those who are 25 years of age or older. In fact according to the National Safety Council, nearly 1.2 million car crashes in 2013 involved drivers talking on the phone, and at least 341,000 involved text messaging. There are many easy steps one can take so that we can reduce the number of deaths related to driving. For instance if one is talking to their friend, family member on the phone or texting them prior to driving. You can simply inform them that you are about to begin driving and when you have finally reached your destination that you will call them back or text them back. Another step that can be taken is to simply turn off the phone. By doing this there is simply no need to take a glance at the cell phone while driving. It would be most certainly less of a distraction, and if the drastic worry of this is “listening to music” you can simply turn on the radio. I’ve had an experience in a car crash before. It was a terrible day, rain was pouring, large amounts of traffic, drivers speeding past each other on a small road. I was driving home from my community college at the time, and I stopped at a traffic light going from yellow to red. I spent a minute at this light until I was rear ended very hard. I had gotten out of my car to check my bumper which seemed to be surprisingly okay despite the big hit. But the car that had hit me suffered a greater damage, the car hood was completely destroyed, the windshield was cracked I was honestly shocked at the damages of her car compared to mine. The girl had ran out of her car and she was hysterically crying, apologizing, saying that she was on her phone, begging me to not call the police and file a report. Of course I was disgusted when she said she was on her phone but my car only had a minor scratch so I decided not to call the police. Steps that I can take to be a better and safe driver as well as to help others become a safe driver is to first things first turn off my phone before driving. It’s a better alternative than putting the phone away or just trying not to use it at all. By doing this I’m not only keeping myself safe but those around me as well. If we all took the very hard choice of putting our phones away while driving, there would be less accidents, less deaths, and a safer environment for us all.
by Colin James Hill
A renewed sense of avoiding distracted driving and focus every time I drive myself and/or others will help me be the most prepared to arrive safely.
by Alayna Smith
In this essay, I discuss how drivers education as well as practicing safe driving habits lessens the probability that young drivers will be involved in fatal or near-fatal accidents and traffic violations. I also discuss how lessons from driver's education courses can be applied in real world driving situations. I cover texting and driving, driving with distracting passengers, driving in the right state of mind, and anticipating other driver's actions.
by Celestine Albaran
The most effective way to reduce the amount of deaths due to driving is to promote safe driving etiquette earlier in the driver education program. I will continue to advocate for proper driving conduct by not using my phone and helping others, as a passenger, use electronic devices when needed.
by Wesley Luong
To drive recklessly is to drive while entertaining the possibility of taking away a precious human life - inherently dangerous and fundamentally dangerous to individuals in all aspects of society.
by Nathaniel Robert Cooper
My essay talks about how driving recklessly drastically increases the danger everyone else around them is put in.
by Morgan Thandiwe Rowan
An accident was a wake-up call for me to realize the danger of distracted driving. I hope that by sharing my experiences with this every day problem, readers will realize the individual actions they can take to advocate for responsible driving...before it is too late.
by Sinsere Rudlaff
Safe driving is more important than anyone will ever understand. With the experiences I've gone through with being a passenger while the driving was unsafe I learned what especially not to do while on the road. Never put anyone's life at risk, it's not worth it at all. People need to stay off their phones and be completely aware of all surroundings.
by Jessica Jeremiah
By taking preemptive measures, we can prevent the likelihood of motor vehicle accidents..
by Farida Tijani
My essay is going to be about the do's and doesn't of driving. What they should do on the streets to save hundreds of lives.
by Taylor Jones
Driving For Tomorrow gives readers a powerful message on the importance of safe, educated, sober, and focused driving.
by Meredith Muschweck
This essay hopes to highlight the dangers of driving and how education can help prevent driving related deaths, the steps to take to avoid these deaths, a personal experience with an accident, and how to be safe on the road.
by Macey Marie McLaurin
We are all told to not text when driving; however for some, it takes experiencing a loss or tragedy to finally implement this saying. Learn from my friends' experience from negligent driving to see second hand, why texting while driving just isn't worth it.
by Alex Fernandez
A look into core values of driving and the secret to protection.
by Joel D Gonzalez
It talks about how taking driver's Ed seriously can save people's lives.
by Ruthie Bullard
This essay will provide an in depth description of the importance of being extremely educated before you begin driving.
by Isabela Victoria Sanchez
The attached file is my essay that explains steps to make roads safer as well as high lighting the dangers of reckless driving.
by Cristian Barbosa
This is an essay about how to be a safer driver. It gives tips on what to do before driving and personal experiences that I have to live with that dealt with driving.
Applicants must be currently enrolled in either High School, University or College as a full-time student (2019-2020 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.
1. Round 1: April 1st: application deadline; winners are
2. Round 2: Accepting entries May 3rd – August 1st. Winner announced 9/1/19
3. Round 3: Accepting entries September 1st -November 31st. Winners announced 1/01/20
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.