The Minimum Driving Age Should Be Raised to 18
Young drivers, and even older ones, cause many fatal accidents; raising the minimum age at which people can drive might reduce this, but is it a benefit to society, and are the statistics true? We can help lower the accident rates if the driving age is raised to 18 so no more kids can get hurt or killed in a accident on the freeway or by another car crashing into their car if we raise the driving age it will be safer for the young and old drivers.
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The number of serious or fatal road accidents in the UK will be reduced
Additionally, one cannot say logically that one must raise the driving age because teenagers are harming others and/or being harmed while driving. For example, a parallel can be found in driving statistics for males versus females. According to studies, males of all ages are 77% more likely to kill someone when driving than females. It would be just as illogical to raise the driving age to 18 as to ban males from driving.it won't help if your sitting on tour butt for two more years doing nothing you might be more mature at 18 but that doesn't mean your mature enough for the road.
17 year olds are simply not mature enough to cope with the skills required for driving
This is false because I would like the ability to drive to work because I am turning into a responsible adult. If YOUR parents did not raise you right other people should not suffer for your insolence.
Im 17 years old, didnt take drivers ed, took ten questions for my written drivers test (in oklahoma), failed my behind the seat drivers test, went back got a hundred, have yet to be pulled over, and get a ticket. Never got in a wreck, dont talk on my cell phone, can drive in cities like LA and San Francisco no problem. And see many many many horrible drivers everywhere i go. I dont think the age limit should be raised, i think if you mess up once you lose your privilege to drive period. Stupid biased point.
I'm a female from the u.k and disagree that 17 year olds are immature. Some are but not all of us it's mainly "boy racers" that crash not everybody else. Adults are also liable to crash. So don't raise the age because It's pointless waste of time and money.
Young people may have a “racer boy” attitude to driving
Raising the age limit may do something to promote more environmentally friendly alternatives
Also not everybody has access to public transport especially young people! This in turn would be a much less effective way for young people to get about as they would become more reliant on others, like their parents, to get them about which is not always practical.
They should undergo a one year 'settling down' process
Brutal? So is the loss of an innocent life.
People who go to university will hardy have any time to learn how to drive!
They will have lots of work to do! Believe me I know! I tried to learn whilst I was in Uni and I just couldn’t cope with the amount of work and learning how to drive. It’s been two years since I first tried to pass the test and I still haven’t passed!
No because younger drivers aren't necessarily dangerous
If an applicant is 17 years of age or younger when they apply for their learner permit, they must hold the learner permit for six months before applying for a driver license.
However, if the applicant turns 18 during the holding period, they may apply for their driver license upon turning 18.
The six-month learner permit holding requirement does not apply to an applicant who is age 18 or older at the time of application for the learner permit.
Raising Driving Age
should the driving age be raised to 18
driving at age 16
Are teenagers mature enough now?. Are they're parents telling them or not giving them permision?. And what does the police think about teenagers driving at a young age?
If we ban driving until eighteen then younger teens will feel compelled to drive just to contradict the law, and therefore lowering opinions on driving for under 18s. This situation is neither win win nor lose lose.
Police will disagree ofcourse because they uphold the law, i'm not badmouthing all police officers but if the law were to be changed then would go along with it just fine unless some put their foot down. Whether they like it or not teenagers are the next generation so what can they do to prevent that.
You should raise it!
age of 18 driving
Some teenagers text and are therefore not reliable.
yes they should raise it up. 16 year olds are irresponsible. my friends friend and his buddies were killed in a car wreck they were 16.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among 15- to 20-year-olds.
16-year-olds have higher crash rates than drivers of any other age.
16-year-olds are 3 times more likely to die in a motor vehicle crash than the average of all drivers.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the National Center for Statistics and Analysis, in 2008:
Hand-held cellphone use was highest among 16- to 24-year-olds (8% in 2008, down from 9% in 2007).
37% of male drivers ages 15-20 who were involved in fatal crashes were speeding at the time.
55%, or 2,014, of the 3,678 occupants of passenger vehicles ages 16-20 who were killed in crashes were not buckled up.
31% of drivers ages 15-20 who were killed in motor vehicle crashes had been drinking some amount of alcohol; 25% were alcohol-impaired, meaning they had a blood alcohol content of 0.08 grams per deciliter or higher.
Statistics show that 16- and 17-year-old driver death rates increase with each additional passenger (IIHS).
Yes, I agree there are SOME immature sixteen year olds out there who are like that, but you can’t stereotype ALL sixteen year olds because of something idiotic someone else of that age did.
I’m sixteen years old and I drive better then half the “adults” on the road I see these days.
There are people of ALL ages driving on the road reckless because they think they’re an adult therefore they can get off the hook.
I know people who were OLDER then 16 - more like between the ages of 18 − 30 - who’ve been caught drunk driving or even dying but they don’t expect it to happen to them because they’re “responsible drivers”
When driving, it’s not the age that mostly matters. What mostly matters is if you’re MATURE and RESPONSIBLE.
Other countries are even younger – in America only 16!
The following chart specifies the age at which one may be fully privileged to drive in a particular American state.
Alabama 17 yrs.
Alaska 16 yrs. & 6 mos.
Arizona 16 yrs. & 6 mos.
Arkansas 18 yrs.
California 18 yrs., provisional from 16 to 18
Colorado 17 yrs.
Connecticut 17 yrs. & 4 mos. (w/ passengers); 18 yrs. @ night
Delaware 17 yrs.
Florida 18 yrs.
Georgia 18 yrs.
Hawaii 17 yrs.
Idaho 16 yrs. (night); 15 yrs. & 6 mos. (w/ passenger)
Illinois 18 yrs. (night); 17 yrs. (w/ passenger)
Indiana 17 yrs.
Iowa 17 yrs.
Kansas 16 yrs. & 6 mos.
Kentucky 17 yrs.
Louisiana 17 yrs.
Maine 16 yrs. & 6 mos.
Maryland 17 yrs. & 9 mos. (night); 16 yrs. & 11 mos. ( w/ passenger)
Massachusetts 18 yrs. (night); 17 yrs. (w/ passenger)
Michigan 17 yrs.
Minnesota 16 yrs. & 6 mos. (night); 17 yrs. (w/ passenger)
Mississippi 16 yrs. & 6 mos.
Missouri 17 yrs. & 11 mos.
Montana 16 yrs.
Nebraska 17 yrs. (night); 16 yrs. & 6 mos. (w/ passenger)
Nevada 16 yrs. & 6 mos.
New Hampshire 17 yrs. & 1 mos. (night); 16 yrs. & 6 mos. (w/ passenger)
New Jersey 18 yrs., provisional at 17 yrs.
New Mexico 16 yrs. & 6 mos.
New York 17 yrs. w/ drivers ed; 18 yrs. w/o drivers ed
North Carolina 16 yrs. & 6 mos.
North Dakota 14 yrs. & 6 mos.
Ohio 18 yrs. (night); 17 yrs. (w/passenger)
Oklahoma 16 yrs. & 6 mos. w/ drivers ed; 17 yrs. w/o drivers ed
Oregon 17 yrs.
Pennsylvania 17 yrs. (if crash & conviction free); 18 yrs. otherwise
Rhode Island 17 yrs. & 6 mos.
South Carolina 16 yrs. & 6 mos.
South Dakota 16 yrs.
Tennessee 17 yrs.
Texas 16 yrs. & 6 mos.
Utah 17 yrs. (night); 16 yrs. & 6 mos. (w/ passneger)
Vermont 16 yrs. & 6 mos.
Virginia 18 yrs.
Washington 18 yrs.
West Virginia 17 yrs.
Wisconsin 16 yrs. & 9 mos.
Wyoming 16 yrs. & 6 mos. w/ drivers ed; 17 yrs. w/o drivers ed
Washington DC 18 yrs.
The accidents may just be delayed by one year
In addition, carrying out any change just to see if it works is generally a poor idea. If it is not broken, do not fix it.
The age has a lot to do with driving. When they are 15-17 and still in high school the pressure with school, friends, and daily emotions at that age can distract the young drivers to the point of an accident. Yes, "Only by carrying out the change will we be able to see if it works or not" is a poor idea but with the statistics of many young drivers and accidents, it proves that the age should rise up. People will never know unless they try.
It removes the freedom of young people
Restrict the freedom of young people? Are you kidding? Freedom is everything to young people. If you take that away then what do they have? Just because someone is young doesn't mean they are incapable of driving safe. In fact the younger the driver the more they learn.
If you do this, this may cause more teenagers to drive illegally.
I agree with this comment. If you do take some freedom from the young teenagers it only helps them to be stronger later on and more maturer. If you give the young teenagers too much freedom, it only causes them to do what ever they want to the point of dissobeying the rules which their parents give and the goverenment. In addition to the comment, "In fact the younger the driver the more they learn." What are they going to learn from, by having an accident from to much freedom or killing someone at a young age? This only gives more trauma to the younger people.
There are alternatives – such as making tests more rigorous
The alternatives to making a test harder is still not a good way to keep the young teenagers from driving reckless. There are many smart teenagers that can pass a test but it is different when getting behind the wheel by themselves or with other passengers. Peoples minds at a young age are very distracted with a lot of information from school, friends, and parents. In addition, there are many pros to raise the age so why don't we try it?
Raising the driving age to 21 would be a much better idea.
Parents can provide guidance to their teens
At age 18, many are in college and/or living away from home, and do not have access to parental guidance. This may lead them to learn from less experienced drivers such as their peers of the same age, or even attempt to teach themselves without instruction. This is undoubtedly very dangerous and potentially hazardous, as a new driver who has not yet mastered driving may panic and cause tragic accidents.
In Australia the legal age to get your learners is 16-17 in most states. During the course where you learn to drive you must complete hours of supervised learning by an instructor or another experience driver such as your parents. If the parents dont have enough time to 'supervise and assist them' are they very good parents? I mean, that is the role of a parent in general right?
It denies young people access to safe transportation
Also, with the ability to drive, they would be encouraged to stay out late....doing inappropriate stuff and getting in serious trouble.
Driving ability should be judged more - why not also a maximum age?!
MARCH 3, 2010: On Tuesday, the Mass State Senate passed its version of the so-called "Safe Driver" bill (S2290). The bill, which drew a spirited debate amongst Senators from both parties, contains language that would require drivers age 75 and older to undergo a cognitive and physical abilities test in order to renew their license.
Section 4 of S2290:
(b) Notwithstanding any provision of the first paragraph of section 8, an applicant for a license, or the renewal of a license, age 75 or older shall apply in person. The applicant shall submit an elderly driving assessment form completed by the applicant's health care provider in the health care provider's professional capacity, and the applicant shall submit the assessment form to the registrar. The elderly driving assessment form shall assess the applicant's cognitive and physical ability, including a vision test, and any other condition that might prevent such applicant from operating a motor vehicle. The elderly driving assessment form shall be developed by the registrar in consultation with the medical advisory board established in section 8C. An applicant for a license renewal shall complete the form upon the expiration of 60 months from attainment of the age of 75 years, and every 36 months thereafter. No license shall be issued until the registrar is satisfied that the applicant is a qualified person to receive it.
Inexperience? No, lack of maturity.
Than wouldnt the brain of a 21 year old be more developed than an 18 year old's? And think about it but most of the hoons on the road are in their 20's not their teens.
Also, there are studies that show that 16-year-old have more car crashes than 18-year-olds.
Driving age shouldn't be raised to 18
In conclusion all I'm saying is that 15-17 are revved up to a new experience other than school work.
Males are 77% more likely than females to kill someone while driving. Ban men from driving?
The assumption that teens lack maturity to drive is highly incorrect
no it shouldn't
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Therefore the driving age should be only for more mature driving ages.
Driving and endangering lives is not freedom.
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