Driving at 16

@Bev1986 (1427)
United States
December 22, 2006 10:23am CST
Do you think kids these days are ready to drive at 16? My dd got her permit as soon as she turned 16, and she's doing pretty well... but I've seen the way some of her friends drive! I won't let her ride with them at all, and she gets upset with me. But I can't even believe they passed their driving test! Is 16 too young?
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
22 Dec 06
at 16 is to soon....at least 18 for girls and 21 for boys..
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@Bev1986 (1427)
• United States
22 Dec 06
The only problem with that is that the kids are heading off to college at 18... if they don't have their license, it's very hard for them to get around some colleges...
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@yarntales (639)
• United States
22 Dec 06
I think it depends partly on the teenager. My daughter just got her permit, and she's 18. I wasn't in a rush because we can't afford the extra money on the car insurance. So now I guess we will have to do something.
• United States
25 Feb 07
i got my driving permit at 15 and i got my license at 16. some teens can't drive as well as they should. that's because either they're not taught right or they just didn't obey the rules. i've seen a friend of my sisters who is 16 or so and she drives horribly. she was what is called ice skating. where 2 cars swerve in and out of each other at high speeds. it's really stupid and very dangerous. i don't think 16 is too young but they should have more restrictions for obtaining a license.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
24 Feb 07
I think 16 is way to young especially for boys they tend to show off. Its okay to take them somewhere like a big field with no one around and let them drive my dad did that with me. Thats how I learned to drive a stick. I think it depends too on how mature the 16 year old is.
@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
6 Feb 07
My son turned 16 and hardly mentioned the driving thing, 17 came along and still very quiet. Somewhere late that spring, he mentioned it. I hired a driving instructor, it cost about a grand for the lessons and they were worth every penny. He listened to the drving instructor like he did not listen to me. When I asked my son why he did not push it earlier (he is ADHD) he said he did not feel he was ready to drive. He has never had a ticket or an accident. I only allowed certain kids in the car with him that first year. It is on an individual basis, but I think 16, botta bing, botta boom, here is your brand new car is way to young. BTW- he got a 14 yo 4 door Toyota, the woman at the insurance company said that was a good choice for a new driver. Especially a male, he wanted a truck - I said No. You are right to keep your daughter out of the other kids cars.
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• United States
31 Jan 07
I have always thought that 16 is too young to drive a car. No matter how good of a driver, or mature they are, they are still 16, and don't realize the fragility of life from one mistake of fooling around.
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• United States
30 Dec 06
Not all of them are ready to drive at 16. Since the minimum age was changed to 18 where I live there has been a lot less traffic accidents and deaths involving teenagers, so I think that 16 is still too young.
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