Should we lower the driving/permit age to 14 in the US?
Ive seen a bunch of websites against it. Half of the people are against lowering it because they assume that half of the teen drivers are a bunch of idiots getting drunk while they are driving or assumeingthat they are immature. The fact is that their are some teenagers who aren't addicted to drinking and are actually mature. If a kid can drive a go kart why not an actual car?
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you guys are stupid, i can trust a 14-year-old completely driving because, if they get their permit that young they'll still be driving with their parents in the car for a year, i was driving by myself when i was 14 in south dakoda.
Lowering Permit Age
I’ve seen a bunch of websites against it. Half of the people are against lowering it because they assume that half of the teen drivers are a bunch of idiots getting drunk while they are driving or assuming that they are immature. The fact is that their are some teenagers who ar
no it should be higher then it is….and you should only be able to drive up to a certain age!
No. I know not all teenagers aren't out here drinking and I know not all teenagers our immature. Truth is, driving is a big responsibility when you think about it. You are putting your life and other people's lives in danger by simply passing someone on a two lane road. I think the driving age should be raised to 18 at least by then most teenagers have matured somewhat compared to 16. Why does a 14 year old need to drive anyway. Not like they have a job or anything. They don't need to go anywhere without their parents at that age anyway.
No. Raise it to 18 since most teens do not have the $ to pay for insurance and it would make them more responsible to not use their parents cars
Teen drivers have a much, much, much higher accident rate than the national average.
Allowing 14 and 15 year olds to drive will serve no purpose. It won't help the economy since they're not in the workforce, and it'll result in more dead kids.
I'm opposed to dead kids, and I approved this message.
A 14 year old is just not reponsible enough to drive. Get a job at a school and spend a few days with some 14 year olds and you will learn that. Yes, there are a few who are pretty mature for their age but for the most part they are very immature. It would be too dangerous to give them keys and license and let them out on the streets. Dangerous to themselves and others.
No. I got mine when I was sixteen and that was too young. I think the understanding of consequences in general is not developed enough at 14. There are exceptions, of course, but there are also special permits to accommodate those exceptions.
Because a child can't be financially or legally responsible for themselves. A kid that young doesn't need to be driving around for any reason whatsoever. They likely aren't even old enough to have a job.
There are a few mature young people are there, but the vast majority are not competent enough to take that kind of responsibility. I would not trust a middle schooler on the road.
hell no what the ****?we should actually raise it to 30 or so after people are surely over their adolescnt and party phases.How bad could it possibly be that a 14 year old needs to drive.I mean really
No, with maybe a few expections.
That said I hate people telling me "Oh, 16 year olds are old enough to drive!"
Yeah, because 18 is SO much better than 16. I feel that 18, 19, 20, even 23 years olds can be just as bad as 16 years olds. Besides, if the problem is inexpearanice, then raising the drivers age won't help. They still won't know what to do behind the wheel of a car.
Take a drive around any high school and I think you'll change your mind, maybe even decide it should be raised to age 20! Seriously, I've never met a 14-year-old who was responsible enough to drive a car on a public road. They may be capable of controlling the car (like driving a go-kart), but I don't think a child of 14 has the capacity to obey driving laws and follow right-of-way.
hmm i know it sucks..but here in england they're thinking of raising it to 18!! i'm so lucky i've just missed out on that..i guess it's because statistically new drivers, who are most likely to be young, have a serious accident..or perhaps it's a way of cutting down the number of people on the road and fuel consumption
no way in hell. 16 is too young. they should raise it to 18.
sorry, dude. it's true.
especially since there are so many distractions these days! cell phones, fancy stereos, all that.
Wow I really don't think thats a good idea. I wouldn't trust a child, mature or not with a machine capable of killing themselves or others.
no…raise it to 16 and license at 18
If anything we should raise it to at least 18, maybe 21. We already have WAYYYYYY to many drivers on the road and that is half of the reason why we are paying out the rear for gas.
Plus, the highest accident rates are among 18-21 year olds, so the stats would only increase and more youths would die as a result of accidents.
The age should not be lowered, if anything it should be raised.. Studies have shown that having a car and driving lower a student's interest in school. I happen to believe that a driver's license should be tied to Graduation from High School, therefore encouraging young people to continue with the most basic part of their education. Believe it or not there are actually a lot of years available in life after being a teenager. Driving a Go Kart on a track is certainly a lot different that handling a full sized car or truck on the streets of life. There are a lot more lives at stake in that situation than in taking a few laps around a track. Relax and enjoy life, the burdens of responsibility will come to soon and after that there is no going back.
No. Until you're 17/18/19 your brain hasn't fully developed and you cannot fully understand the consequences of your actions. You decision making centres don't develop until the age of 17/18/19 so personally I'd say 21 is the youngest you should be in order to gain a drivers licence.
Wow…you must be one of these clueless 14 y/o's….comparing a go kart with a car??? Are you for real???…hmmm let's examine your idea…let's start with cars are driven on the road…along with other people….a car out weighs a go kart by 10000%…do you think that might have some effect???
Kids shouldn't be able to drive until they are 18…and then only during the day, with no other kids in the car…and if you are caught driving with booze you should simply be banned for at least 10 years…
no way we should raise it to 18, it would cut down on Greenhouse gasses, there is no reason a High School kid should be driving to school
Absolutely not. Big diff between cars & go carts
I would prefer to raise it to 28
The fact you don't know the difference between driving a go kart and a car says a lot.
14 is too young to be entrusted with the lives of people in a vehicle or traffic around them
no, would you actually trust a 14 year old, think they are in middle school, they don't deserve to even get their permit, it is unfair if a middle schooler gets to take a permit when i am 16 now, so no we shouldn't let these kids start getting liscences and stuff like that
It should be raised to 20 and taken away at 75…. the speed limit should be 55. Everyone needs to slow down………..
no, kids are dumb. very dumb. 16 is a pretty good age for getting a license.
NO WAY. It should be raised to 18. If it was lowered to 14, you couldn't afford the insurance rates anyways.
I actually think they should raise the age to 18. I think at 16, you're still in high school, still trying to impress everybody. I think you obviously will have more passengers at that age. Raise it to 18 and only some seniors would have cars. Of course if I were 15, I would be pissed if they moved it up. But looking back, I wasn't really ready to handle the responiblity of a motor vehicle at 16. Some are, but the majority aren't, in my opinion.
No. The roads wouldn't be safe with them driving.