Sydney Shull recently received her license.
"I was excited, I had waited a long time for it," she said.
Shull said she likes being able to drive on her own, however, she recognizes freedom comes with some responsibility.
"I have to make sure that I'm being safe on the road, as well as I'm not in anyone else's way."
She said she tries to not change the radio and air conditioning while driving.
Before she got her license, she said other people she rode with didn't always take the same precautions.
"They would start messing with the radio and the air conditioning and I would say I can do that for you. Let me do that , don't mess with that, I will handle that or we can just wait until we park somewhere."
An instructor at the Shenandoah Valley Driving School said people should set up an address in their GPS or change to another radio station before they start driving.
Driving instructor Diane Horst said people should pay attention to the road and avoid distractions.
"It takes one second for something to go wrong," said Horst.
She said talking to the person in the backseat or to your children can be distracting.
"People even change their clothes, put on make up. Do all those things before you leave your house."
She said she teaches students like Shull how dangerous multitasking can be.
"You have to not only drive your car, but you almost have to drive the other guys' car because you have to pay attention to what they're doing."
Shull says the recent crash that killed a 19-month old baby has raised awareness about the dangers.
"I look at things more differently. I try to stay more focused than I already was," Shull said.
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