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Teenage Driving Age Debate Essay

  • Teens should drive at age 14.

    Many things occur while driving, causing the driver to have to pay attention and develop skills of quick decision making and watching all around the car to visualize and analyze what is happening around them. Driving also provides a way of transportation to things like school, work, and after-school activities that would otherwise have to be provided by a parent or friend, putting more work in their hands.

  • It is hard enough already for teens to get around on their own.

    The driving age is already a difficulty for many families. There are actually teens that are under the age of 16 that need to be driving. So raising the age will just cause many more issues. You see, there are many young adolescents that have no way to get to and from sports practice due to the fact that their parents work, or their parents are ill or unable to get out. Many teenagers have away from home outreaches or after school activities, and are unable to make it due to the law of not being able to drive. Therefore, if the age is raised to 18 then a lot more people will have problems getting around.

  • No. The driving age should not be raised.

    In fact, it could be lowered. Age isn't the problem. The problem is people who don't understand the rules of the road. That goes for teenagers, people in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and so on. I know people who are 14 years old and are better fit to drive than most 18 year-olds. Not only does the age not matter, I think everybody should be retested every 10 years upon receiving a license and every 5 years after the age of 60 as you're hand-eye coordination and reflexes slow. AGE ISN'T THE PROBLEM! RESPONSIBILITY IS!

  • I am 17, a good driver, and never got into an accident

    A lot of adults stereotype teenagers when in fact, a lot of them are actually good drivers, I went an entire year without getting into an accident, and a lot of the bad drivers that I know started driving on their own without a license, it would be like enforcing gun control, you are only affecting the ones who follow the rules

  • teenagers have things to do!!!

    i think teens should start driving at age 14 because you mature in highschool. If you started driving at 18, you wouldn't be able to get to your job/s. Teens shouldn't have to depend on their parent or guardian to bring them to school or to sports or job. parents have better things to do then to sit and drive us aroound town

  • The minimum drivers license age should not be raised to 18 because 16-year-olds are more responsible and have a much more focused mind.

    The minimum age to obtain one's driver’s license should not be raised to 18 because 16-year-olds have a much more focused mind. If you change the minimum driving age to 18, it will be very little different from 16-year-olds because either way they wouldn't have very much driving experience. Also from the years of 16 to 18, a young person’s maturity level doesn’t rise much at all. So the number of road casualties or accidents is most likely not to differ anyway. When 18-year-olds graduate from school, they fool themselves into thinking that they know everything. In this case, they are less inclined to acknowledge instructions about driving, making them dangerous drivers. Sixteen-year-olds are more apt to accept advice since they are used to being in ‘learning mode’ at school. Also an 18-year-old who is able to drink alcohol is more likely to drive drunk or try stunts to show off to their friends, which makes them far pose a much greater threat on the road than a still-in-school 16-year-old.

    Being 16 and having an early, fast start to getting your license rather than finally getting it after a long slow process makes a huge difference to your life. Sixteen-year-olds have many more available hours to drive, therefore get their license faster than 18-year-olds who are either working full time or going to university busy with studies.

    Once youth have completed school, would you want them moving into the real world without a license? Of course not! We are talking about the future citizens, for heaven’s sake! All of you would very much agree that a driver’s license is a necessity to life as you grow older. Once they get a full time job, without a license how are they supposed to get there? Using public transport? Yeah, sure, an electrician turns up at a bus stop with their 60 kg suitcase full of tools. No of course not! A driver’s license is vital for all working citizens!

    Sixteen is a far better minimum age for obtaining your driver’s license because, first, 16-year-olds have far more focused minds and are able to accept instructions more easily than 18-year-olds. Second, it is easier to obtain a license at 16 because of availability of driving hours and, finally, because this does not act as a restraint towards teenagers’ engagements in the workforce. So I firmly believe that the minimum age to obtain a drivers license should not be raised to 18!

  • Teens deserve to become independent!

    Why make teenagers wait? They have a social life too! Drivers will be just as inexperienced at 18 as they will be at 16! WHY? Teenagers are young and are not allowed to drink at 16, so then they wouldn't drink and drive. If teenagers are allowed to start driving at 18 and drink they will go out drunk driving. Then we will have to change the drinking age!

  • An early start is a good one.

    If kids get an early start even before 16, say 14, kids would get more experience than the previous driving generation. They would be more street smart and even more prepared for diving later on in life than the previous driving generation. They could learn to be more independent and be less likely to misuse their driving privilege

  • It shouldn't be raised

    If you were to start driving at 18, it would be the same as starting at 16. The driver would be inexperienced and instead of the crash rates being at 16-25 it would be 18-27. It does nothing for lowering the crash rates, you shouldn't blame the entire teenage population for the mistakes of a few. Not only is it unfair to the responsible teenage driving, but to their parents as well. Now the teenagers are dependent on their parents to get them to and from school an work. But what if the parents have a job? Then the teenager would have to quit their job because they have no way to get to it.

  • Not all teens engage in risky things.

    Not all teens engage in risky things. Driving is a rite of passage and many teens are ready to drive and ready to take the responsibility. Raising the age isn't going to change anything, honestly anyone ANY age can cause an accident, so why bring it out on the teens?

  • I happen to be a competent 14 year old.

    I believe that the driving age should be lowered, because already kids have to take a test and a class to get their driver's liscence, what's the difference if they take that test at a younger age? If they pass the test then that already proves that they're competent enough. The only thing that could be considered a problem is reaching the pedals.

  • Being Prepared for the Futire

    Kids nowadays need to be more prepared. At the age of 16 we are expected to have jobs which we can go to and from ourselves. Many people do not have the time to get their permit or license before that age, leaving them sorely behind. If the permit age was 13, and the license age was 15, then people would have more time to prepare for the common driving that they would have to do, and since people under 16 still require a parent with them to drive, they would still be able to have 2 years under their belt, which would be the same as otherwise, but they would be given an extra year before they needed to get a job , which in my opinion, gives them more time to be prepared to be driving on a every day driving.

  • Lower age teens need freedom once In awhile

    When you feel like breaking down once in awhile you could go on a drive and shake a lot of things off p.S if you have a job or need to go to school , you wont have to wait around to look for a driver :/ btw we could drive for our parents if they had a bad excuse on something ' but that would mean we would also have to pass the driver's test ! And a lot of teens would have to put a lot of effort ? Into the courses ,.... But that would really depend on our parents '

  • Easier to learn when younger.

    People that learn to drive at 30 for example may have a phobia. So to prevent it we can lower the age to 15. Yes there will be more car crashes if the teen is an idiot wanting to risk their life. No matter what happeneds adults will do that too.

  • Lower age teens need freedom once In awhile

    When you feel like breaking down once in awhile you could go on a drive and shake a lot of things off p.S if you have a job or need to go to school , you wont have to wait around to look for a driver :/ btw we could drive for our parents if they had a bad excuse on something ' but that would mean we would also have to pass the driver's test ! And a lot of teens would have to put a lot of effort ? Into the courses ,.... But that would really depend on our parents '

  • I wanna drive

    People should be able to drive to work so they can pay for what you need. Most farm kids drive when they are 12 because when you have only 2 people in your family that can drive and you are in the middle of harvest you need other people to drive grain trucks and tractors and numerous other equipment. Not having a driving license does not stop most farm kids, because they drive at home any way. But it would be nice if it was legal. And they have to pass the drivers test anyway so if they are a bad driver then they wont get their license and life goes on!!

  • They can learn

    If children work then they can buy what they want and take more stress off their parents so they are not troubling them with what they want to buy. For example if the working age was lowered to 14 then i would be able to work in 18 days because i need a phone case bike tire tubes and some headphones so if i were able to work i could buy the things i want and i could pay my own bus fare so my mom wouldn't have to worry about it.

  • Driving age should be lowered

    At 16 we are made to make the decision of what we want to do with the rest of our life, but are unable to learn to drive a car and we arte expected to get part time jobs but we have to get our selves there and back, rather than being able to do it ourself

  • The driving age should be lowered to at least 13 years of age.

    When your 13 you have a bit of better judgement than someone who just wants to experiment and experience. Starting at a young age has a higher percentage of perfecting the skills of driving. Some children have faster reflexes than adults (avoiding car crashes). Adults get into accidents all the time because some may get sloppy after years of "safe driving", while a younger mind might be more cautious with the possibility of getting into an accident.

  • I started at a young age

    I"m for lowering the age to drive because I learned to drive at the age of 12 in Mexico. I began at the age of 9 learning basic steering then from there on added more to my learning arsenal with signals and how far back to press on the break and when to accelerate. I"m not saying to just drop the age limit and be on your way, I believe the test should be much harder if you're trying to get it a young age and really test your knowledge of the road and the driving portion should be a two patter and the amount of mistakes allowed should be dropped and you may only pass with a 95 or better