should the driving age be raised?

United States
October 5, 2008 7:47pm CST
hello mylotters! i have heard some talk recently about the possiblitly of the legal driving age being raised. what does everyone think of this? do you think that it should stay at 16? is 16 a responsible age to be able to operate a motor vehicle? or should it be higher, like 18? i personally feel that it may be better off raised a bit to the age of 18. it is a tough call, though, because every teenager is different and handles responsibility differently. so what do you think? let's hear your opinions...
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14 responses
• Dominican Republic
7 Oct 08
I'm currently 15, going on 16 on October, so I wouldnt like to see that they raised the driving age, jajaj... By the other hand, the test should be more complex and instructors should be aware of the kind of danger they let out on the streets. My mom is givin' me driving lessons and I'm taking it one day at a time... I think this aparent rush on learning how to drive and gettin' the license its causing more irresponsible young people to be in fatal accidents. So, for me, its not about the age, its being mature, or not... Happy MyLotting and have a nice day! Xp
• United States
7 Oct 08
you are very right, haylie, and i totally agree with irish... your parents must truly be proud to have such a responsible daughter with a good head on her shoulders. :)
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• Dominican Republic
7 Oct 08
thanks to both of you! I hope she is... =S jajaja Xp
@sabbatha (287)
• United States
6 Oct 08
I think it doesn't really matter. I know idiot drivers that are 20, 30, and 40! I also know I was one of them when I was 18. I didn't get mine at 16, I waited till I was 18 to get my liscence. I got so many speeding tickets when I first had my liscence, that I had to go to defense driving school for it. So then I thought maybe it was an age thing. But them my husband didn't get his till he was 26 or so. And he was a speed deamon for a bit. Luckily he never got caught. I think there is something about being a new driver that transcends reason and age limit. Getting behind that wheel for the first time (after you know how to drive anyway) that just makes you want to speed. Now that's just the speed issue, which I also think every one grows out of rather quickly. But the other thing that transcends age issues is just being a bad driver and there are a ton of on the roads every day. And I'm quite sure they aren't all new drivers.
• United States
6 Oct 08
you are so right, sabbatha! i have come across way too many as well, and most of them did not look like new drivers. i think it is true that when you have done something for a while, such as driving, that you get too "comfortable" and don't pay as much attention or whatnot. so i guess the arguement can go both ways. thanks for the response! :)
@fasttalker (2797)
• United States
6 Oct 08
I have two sons that are both of driving age and as you stated it depends a lot on the maturity of the kid. But I have always felt that 16 is just way too young. It's like a jungle out there and I think it should be at least 18. Here in Ohio they can get their permit at 15 1/2 which I think is insane. One of mine was 17 when he started and the other was 18.
• United States
6 Oct 08
wow! 15 1/2 is way too young i think! that's just crazy. thanks for your response! :)
@glords (2614)
• United States
6 Oct 08
Thinking back on my friends at the age of 16... I would say raise the age to 21. Hey that might save us on gasoline as well. Less demand is always a good thing.
• United States
6 Oct 08
lol...good idea! i never thought of it that way! :)
• United States
6 Oct 08
I could not get my license until I was 18 due to some bad choices I made as a teenager. I think it was better to wait until I was older. I har more experience and was more responsible. I think that teenagers are worried about looks, friends, cliques, cell phones, and stuff like that. They have so much going on that it would be better to wait until they are older and more mature. I am not saying that there are not good teenage drivers out there. I am just saying that the majority are preoccupied with other things in their lives. Driving gets to be dangerous when you have other things going on. I think it would be a good idea to raise the driving age to 18 or 21.
• United States
6 Oct 08
very true! thanks for your reply!
@glistar (127)
• United States
6 Oct 08
It seems rather pointless to raise the driving age to more then 16 because for me, I think it comes down mostly to driving EXPERIENCE. If you're a 16 year old inexperienced driver, is it really that much different then an 18/21 year old? Not usually. The only positive I find from raising the driving age is dealing with older drivers in events such as an accident, other then that, I find it rather pointless to raise the age.
@allurejan (197)
• United States
6 Oct 08
I agree with driving age to be raised. The driving responsibility should be in a mature age. I think 18 or 21 is the good age to learn driving.
@dieorfly (764)
• Slovak Republic
6 Oct 08
I my country you can get driving license when you reach 18 years. And I think it is ok. The most car accident are caused by young drivers. And I do not think most of 16 years old people are responsible enough to drive a car or motorbike. But there is other question I think. Is the age the only criterion to consider when you apply for driving license? When I see what is going on on the roads every day, how people knowingly do not respect driving rules and how unscrupulously they are when they sit behind wheel. Sometime I think these people must be crazy or must have some serious psychical issues. I would suggest to involve some psychical exams into driving license application process which must be passed by every applicant. What you think?
6 Oct 08
Here in the UK the driving age is 17 and while i think some people are responsible enough to drive there are quite a lot of 17 year olds who I think shouldnt be on the road!!!!! hugs Jessica
@shoeb000 (321)
• India
6 Oct 08
In india, we have 18 as legal age for driving, and i dont think it should be raised at all... being at 16 is good but with some standard driving schools.. as children start driving when they are at 12...though they dont have a license... giving license is good at smaller age, because atleast they will teach driving form some professional and will pass the exams for that....if they wont get license at small age, they will keep driving without license as police cant watch each and every lane of the country.
@widell (20)
6 Oct 08
I'm all for graduated driving privileges, ie, no passengers or driving after dark until one is 18 years of age. It is not a good idea to not enforce limits like this because of the kinds of things kids can get into. And it seems around here that driving gets crazier after dark... people on the wrong side of the street, no lights on, etc. There is also craziness around rush hours, too, though. So, I don't know if this argument holds water. Passengers can be very distracting at this age, as well. I remember the days when I would have a car full of people... I don't think it was a good idea looking back on it. Now, there should be special provisions where a child can get these restrictions removed, like for a summer job, or car pooling situations with siblings, etc. I definitely don't see a need for a blanket law for things like this, as there are many exceptions to the rule.
• Philippines
6 Oct 08
actually i am against this. because in the first place the issue is being responsible when driving. all accidents starts with irresponsible driving. and that the authorities should have campaigns to inform the youth the importance of driving. like if your hands is on the wheels lives is at risk, you and the other people in the high way.
• United States
6 Oct 08
I'm 18 now, so it does not really matter to me so much, though I know it would bother me if I was 16, since I have been working for a long time, and without that leisure of driving it would be impossible for me to have the money I have now; so many teens are under-privileged and need money to jump start their education, we don't all buy gadgets and clothing with our income. Many teens are irresponsible I admit, and they account for a large percentage of accidents on the road, which is sad, but perhaps we should teach them better with more training and mandatory classes? There are steps to be done to improve accident statistics. 16 or 18, you would never find me driving irresponsibly and getting into accidents haha, I don't want to lose my life, or my money!
@laydee (12811)
• Philippines
6 Oct 08
I think it should be raised to 21. It's not that I'm being hard on anyone or so. It's just that these teenagers are too dangerous on the road. Not only for them but for the other motorists as well. They're like maniacs and couldn't care less what happens to them or the other motorists. They're tempers are too easily triggered plus most only use these cars or motorcycles for the 'coolness' of it, it's not really because they need to. At least if it's 21, they're more responsible because their dads or moms didn't buy it for them, you get what I mean? It's terribly difficult to drive when kids are driving along way and couldn't wait their turn and just woosh around not minding who gets hurt. I mean, how many accidents do they need to see before they realize kids should not be allowed to drive?!