The current driving age of 16 is a great age to start driving. However some may disagree with it. Being able to drive helps you become more social, free, and independent. This is something every growing teen needs to learn how to be. Driving helps that since you are able to go different places whenever you want to and meet up with whoever you would like.
Age does not define how good or bad of a driver someone is. A 16 year old could just be getting their license and so could an 18 year old. Both go through the beginning steps: having a permit and having a certain amount of driving hours with an adult. The 18 year old could fail the driving test, while the 16 year old passes it. This could be because “one 16 year old's brain …show more content…
“In 2008 over 5,000 15 to 20 year old were in fatal car crashes. This was a 27% decrease from almost 8,000 in 1998” (Traffic 22). The fatalities decreased by 20% for that age group. This proves it is not the age that is the problem, but apparently the lack of not knowing as much about driving as we do now. Although that is a case, some teens are “waiting to turn 18 to skip the restrictions all together” (O’Connor 27). This is putting more unready teens on the road to be driving. Making the fatalities by driving still happen, but just later and not at such a young age. Moving the age up would actually increase that percentage. Teens would just be getting straight onto the road without the practice driving of having a permit before, and make it even more dangerous for everyone.
Some people say the driving age should be raised because teens are dangerous drivers. Part of that is true, but adults are dangerous drivers too. Whether it be they are just not good drivers overall or they could be driving while intoxicated. Teens need to be able to drive to get to their job, school and anywhere else they need to go. Also, teens are not the dangerous drivers they are made out to be. They are less likely to be driving while intoxicated compared to an