MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - It's summer time and that means more drivers are on the roads specifically teen drivers, who are just learning how to drive. Driver's ed instructor Tony Osborne compares driving a car the first time to shooting a gun for the first time.
"Giving them a license without a class would be the same thing because driving is a tool and it can be very dangerous if they are not respecting the car like it's a tool versus a toy," says Osborne.
Osborne says driver's ed is very important for teens because they get to drive special cars, but they also get to learn what different types of road signs mean.
"They don't know what to do at an intersection when they can and can't go who has the right away, so they are getting those little things like that for a class plus they are getting highway experience," says Osborne.
Besides taking driver's ed and knowing how to drive, Osborne says many teens struggle with the written part of the test. If you are one of those people the Ouachita Parish Public Library offers free written practice exams.
"You get a number of practice test and then you get the test simulator, which makes the experience very much like what you would get at the DMV," says Eileen Kontrovitz, head of the library's IT department.
She says all you need is a library card and you can take the test either at home or at the library.
"What's more important than to have our new drivers safe knowing the rules of the road are, so it was a no brainer for us to get this," says Kontrovitz.
Even if you failed the test before it's a great way to pass the test in the future or to even just brush up your driving knowledge. The practice test are at: http://www.oplib.org/Eservices.htm.