My Car. My Rules.


Sophomores Matthew Luhrsen and Chris Eckart always have a great time riding in their friend’s cars.

Matt Jones, Staff Writer

A sleek but yet practical four-door sedan gets ready to make its turn onto Deer Drive, on-course for the Out-of-Door Academy. Inside the sedan are a group of ODA high school students listening to the driver’s Beyoncé album when all of a sudden, the front passenger decides that he would prefer to listen to FM talk-radio. Startled and angered by the passenger’s sudden grab for the radio knob, the driver loudly scorns the passenger for turning off their swag pop tape and makes the necessary maneuvers to reinstate their Beyoncé playlist.

When situations like this arise in a teenager’s car, sometimes it’s good to know that some teenagers have implicit rules between themselves and their friends. These rules act as a preemptive tool to combat in-car disputes. So what are these rules? Let’s see what ODA students think are the most common rules for riding in another pier’s car.

Here are the top four most important unspoken of driving rules according to Upper School ODA students:

Do not eat in the car: When you are riding in another person’s car, it’s not good to eat food in the person’s car without their permission. No matter how much of a neat eater you are, there’s always a large chance that you are going to get crumbs or some other form of food waste inside of a person’s car. If you eat without permission in another student’s car, you are risking the benefit of riding in that person’s car again.

Do not roll the windows down: As a driver of a vehicle, it can be pretty annoying to have someone roll down the windows and have an huge gust of wind sweep through the car. It could also be dangerous because a gust of wind could allow for light objects like hats and paper to fly out of the car and cause damage.

Offer up money for gas: Many ODA students have put this rule as one of the most important but yet most basic rules of riding in someone’s car. A good measure of knowing when to offer up gas money is if your driver is taking you to a place that is more that twenty miles away. This would basically amount to about five dollars worth of gas that you should offer the person. Basically, for every four miles, offer the driver one dollar.

Keep your feet off the dashboard: Not only is this not safe for the people in the car, it’s also bad for the dashboard because all of the dirt that is on your shoes is going to get on your friend’s interior. Most students at ODA drive expensive cars that belong to their parents, so the cleaner you keep your friend’s car, the more likely they are going to let you ride in their car again.

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So whenever you find yourself in your fellow pier’s car, remember your basic unspoken driving rules that are established amongst the ODA community.