Driving age laws
July 5, 2009 4:56pm CST
I think that we need to change the driving age here in the united states. Right now it is 16 years old and in some states 15 year olds can obtain the right to drive if they undergo school and testing. I think that with so many cars on the road, the cost of gas and insurance we need to do something to change things. I do not understand why 16 year olds need to drive. We have buses to take them to school and the majority of them do not work anymore so why do they need to drive. when the driving laws were past many 16 year olds needed to be able to drive in order to hold down a job, and help out on the farm etc. that is no longer needed and the majority of 16 year olds would rather die than work. (a whole different rant which is coming soon) I also do not believe that a 16 year old has the maturity to drive a car, to take on the responsibility of driving and having others in the car with them. I would support hands down a new law to change the age to say 18, and then they must pass extensive testing. We need to do something to decrease the number of accidents and deaths among young people. What are your thoughts on this.
3 people like this
• United States
7 Jul 09
A lot of kids live in rural areas that don't have public transportation and don't have school buses. I live in the city and we don't have any public transportation. There are as many responsible kids at 16 as there are adults that also drive irresponsible. I see a lot of adults not using the turn signal and driving carelessly. I would rather have my 16 year old driving than riding the school bus. I do admit that some kids drive really crazy and so do some grown adults. by the way do you have a drivers licence and what age did you get it?
• United States
5 Jul 09
This would be very inconvenient for many reasons. I can understand the concerns, but there are a LOT of 16 and 17 year olds that DO need to drive. I started going to college at 16/17 and if I hadn't been able to drive then I would've been really screwed because no one was going to drive me an hour to college and back 3 times a week. Not to mention that I moved out of my house at 17 when I graduated high school and moved to a new state 800 miles away, so you can imagine how bad it would've been not being able to drive in that situation. And there are quite a few people that graduate at 17 like myself. And just because you think that a lot of 16 and 17 year olds don't work doesn't mean that you need to make it impossible for those of us that do to get jobs. It also depends where you live. I live in the back country, a small town/village, and about 1/2 of the children around here have jobs at 16 and about 3/4 have jobs by the time they're 17 or 18. And because we live in a place that's so small, there isn't any sort of public transportation except for school buses and even those don't go down all the roads that students live on. And I'll grant you that a lot of 16 year olds are immature when it comes to driving, but not all. Then again, a lot of people 18 and older are rather immature when it comes to driving, too, and I've seen more people 18 and older act stupid in cars than 16 and 17. But, then again, that might have something to do with where I am and it depends on the sort of people you're looking at. I do feel that 15 is too young, though. I think 16 is a pretty solid age. I've known people that get their license at 15 and nearly all of them are definitely not ready to have it.
• United States
6 Jul 09
I think that if they leave it at the age of 16 then they need to have more rules and regulations that go along with it, the children, teens need to do something to prove that they are in fact mature enough to handle the responsibility of driving. I do know that there are always exceptions to the rule and others that are more mature than there peers.
13 Jul 09
Well, I'm not familiar with the minimum age for driving in other countries, but in my country, the minimum age for obtaining a license and driving is 18 years old. I will say that it really depends on each individual country, and also the mentality of the driver when they obtain the license. Some 16 years old teenagers may be mature and responsible enough to drive properly, while others may be reckless. I don't drive, but I had seen the way some of the middle aged people driving more recklessly than the younger ones. They do not follow the traffic rules, and speed on the road, and also switch lanes without giving any signal... They sometimes even like to tailgate other people's cars. In my opinion, these people are even more dangerous than the younger drivers. For my country, I do believe that the minimum age is justifiable, given our public transport system, and small country. However, for United States, I had read others' comments that teenagers entering the college at 16 / 17 will need cars as a mode of transport during their college years. Well, I guess as long as they do know their responsibility on the road, and extensive testing is enforced before they can get their license, there's no need to change the law. However, I think it will be better to standardize all to the age of 16 years old...
9 Jul 09
Hi meandmy3! Can we make this law you are proposing worldwide? Globalized? I absolutely agree that teens are not supposed to take the wheel. Driving requires a certain maturity. Teens tend to drive for the pleasure, speeding through the streets. They do not understand yet that driving is done only to get one to his destination and back. There are, however, mature 18 year olds. You are correct again in requiring rigid exams for a license.