Students Cherish First Cars

Parents and teachers like to say that high school is the best four years of our lives.

During those four years, most students start to drive. They go to the courthouse the Wednesday after their 16th birthday, sit in the basement, wait their turn, take their test, and hopefully pass. For some, they’ve had their learners permit, so the process is shorter and easier. The same goes for those who have taken drivers ed.

Sometimes parents buy their child their first car. They could buy them something more reliable. Most of the time, they do since most high school students don’t make enough money by the time they are 16 to afford to buy anything over $2,000.

Some parents may not think something that cheap can be reliable. Or they simply hand down an old car they have sitting around.

“My first car was an ‘86 Chevy Silverado. My parents bought it like 20 years ago,” RJ Suey ‘19 said.

Some students aren’t so lucky. They have to find work, save up, and buy the car themselves.

“I paid for it myself. It was $500,” Kody Lenz ‘18 said about his ‘92 Camaro.

With high school being the best years of our lives, we make memories to last a lifetime. Our first drive may not be one memory to forget. Some drives are serious, some drives are stressful, and some drives are humorous.

“My father and I took her out for a test drive, took her to the corner and back, and she never ran again,” Trevin Likens ‘16 said about his first truck.

Unfortunately, not all memories of our first cars are made while driving. Sometimes cars malfunction, especially old cars.  

“When it caught on fire, that was pretty cool,” Suey ‘19 said. “The oil pan broke and it spilled oil all over my engine. It caught on fire while I was driving, twice.”

Driving can be a big part of a high school career. Many firsts may start with the first car. Like a first trip to Lincoln alone, first trip to Roca alone, first time to Beatrice alone, first time anywhere alone! First cars are a new experience. It’s not borrowing any more,