One of the most exciting things about being a teenager is getting your driver's license. But because of the COVID 19 pandemic, it has been difficult for new drivers to learn and to get their permits. Things are changing in New York State.

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According to reports, the five-hour course can be conducted by using distance learning technology such as Zoom. That means first-time drivers will be able to take a needed step towards getting a license, all without having to leave home.

You never forget the first time you drove a car or truck. There is a feeling of freedom and a feeling of extreme responsibility. My cousin Charlie let me drive his Dodge pickup on his farm road when we were at a family party. The dirt driveway may have only been a couple hundred feet long but it felt like it was longer as we idled the truck from the house to the pond. I even remember the day I took my road test. It was a Friday and there was a partial solar eclipse that day!

With the amount of ride sharing that is available, there may not be as many people wanting to learn how to drive. I can't even imagine that! I couldn't wait to get my license! And more than 20 years later, I still love to drive!

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