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Pros & Cons of Raising The Driving Age to 18

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Raising the driving age to 18 has been a controversial subject for some time. Numerous studies reflect that 16 and 17 year old get into many more accidents than 18 and 19 year olds. Many believe that not being able to drive until 18, many young people will have grown up enough that they will take more precautions. Younger drivers often make poor decisions, drive at high speeds or (especially boys) take thrill-seeking risks that can result in killing themselves and/or their passengers.

Encourage young people to exercise more

Raising the driving age may also help with youth obesity problems as not being able to drive everywhere may encourage younger people to exercise more, even if it means just having to walk to many places rather than driving. Being able to drive at a young age can cause stress on parents knowing that their son or daughter has a higher chance of being injured or killed. Also, parents don’t have the same liabilities when their child turns 18 as he or she will no longer be a minor.

Cons of raising the driving age

On the con side of raising the driving age to 18, although younger drivers have more accidents, a lot of that is due to inexperience and one still has to gain that experience whether they start driving at 16 or 18.

Cell phones and driving

Having a 16 years old means that you got a socially active teen and would most likely be having a cell phone. That increases the odds of a teen using a cell phone while driving and accidents are more likely to happen.

Helpful teens

Being able to drive at 16 can really be helpful to parents especially with so many work. A 16 or 17 year old driver can drive themselves to and from school, sports practices, appointments, and other activities.

Running errands and etc.

If they are trustworthy, then they can also help out by driving younger siblings to school, appointments and activities. They can run needed errands such as getting things at a grocery store. Being able to drive at 16 or 17, can often mean being able to more easily work and maybe help with household expenses or save money for college. Another pro for leaving the driving age alone is most 16 and 17 year olds are still living at home and parents can much more easily supervise them.