The amount of lives that can be saved by raising the driving age to 18 would be very large. Teens are just not responsible enough to have this responsibility. “ There is evidence to suggest that the part of the brain that assesses risk and controls impulsive behavior is not fully developed until the age 25 (23 for females), providing a physical reason why restrictions such as night curfews and limiting peer passengers is so important”. ( Professor Cass) One of the leading causes of teenage accidents is inexperience. Teenage drivers don’t have the experience of driving a car.
Raising the Driving Age Aside from suicide, teenage car crashes are the number one reason for teenage fatalities. The problem that causes this is because we are not preparing our teenagers enough before they are let out on the road. We are expecting too much responsibility from these teenagers that only have one thing one their mind, having fun and being careless. Driving is a responsibility that should not be taken lightly and I feel if we raise the driving age and prepare these kids more we can help in the number of kids that we are losing in car crashes. Each state has their own set age and guidelines for driving.
No matter how old the kids getting licenses are, there will be car accidents ending in death. The only way to stop that is more experience, so it’s better to start driving as early as age 16. In most areas, public transportation is not a viable option on weekends or evenings—this means that older teens would need to be driven to work, and/or school by parents or older siblings. Raising the driving age would just cause undue hardship on families and
I feel that elderly people should not be allowed to drive under certain circumstances. If a person loses the ability to properly operate a motor vehicle based on the functions of their reflexes, memory, visual acuity, flexibility and the ability to focus that person should not be allowed to drive on the open road; putting innocent lives at risk. Having a license to drive would be considered a privilege; and it should not be taken advantage of or abused. I believe its commonly recognized in drivers that turns 70, risk increases greatly and grows higher after turning 85. Elderly drivers are at higher risk of injury and death when involved in a crash because they are least likely to withstand trauma.
One can argue that teenagers would gain more experience with time if the driving age were to be increased. “The risk of being involved in a car accident is the highest for drivers aged 16- to 19-year-olds than it is for any other age group. For each mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are about four times more likely than other drivers to crash.” (Brown) With these statistics it is interesting that drivers’ education is not made mandatory for new drivers. Teens are known as greater risk takers relative to adults. Another possible issue is that teenagers do not fully understand the rules of the road; some may say teenagers are too young to grasp the consequences of irresponsible driving, or some may feel that the rules do not apply to them.
On average, drivers spend more than half their time driving engaged in distractive behavior. Most of the drivers on the road, about 94%, would agree that sending e-mails or text messages while driving is not acceptable and about 87% of drivers support laws against reading, typing or send text messages or e-mails while driving. But unfortunately in this day in age, multi-tasking is simply just a fact of life; everyone will face constant demand for their time, and will feel the need to juggle more things at once now than ever before. And the bad part of that is people try to multi-task while driving, and that is never a good idea (AAA foundation). Another concern in many different communities around the United States is the distracted teen driver, not just the adult.
Alcohol impairs judgment, and being under the influence of alcohol causes bad decision making. “The legal drinking age should be lifted to 25 to limit the violence associated with drunkenness, the head of the nation's peak medical organisation says”(Raise drinking age to 25, says top doc).Teenagers already make bad decisions as it is and we know that, so raising the drinking age will prevent this further. Not only that, but alcohol is a depressant. If teenagers get a hold of this depressant it could lead to bad decision making such as dropping out of school and even
Standards for Attaining a Driver’s License The minimum age required to obtain a Graduated Driver’s License (GDL) in the United States is 15. The age to own a driver’s license may vary from state to state across the nation depending on the circumstances and laws. As many people know, the roadways across the U.S. are becoming more busy than usual because of the upcoming generation of drivers. For safety purposes this age should be raised because it could lower the risk of accidents on the road, help new drivers become more experienced, and overall show inexperienced drivers the responsibility and privilege of being behind the wheel. Once an average adolescent enters the high school world, the only thing on their mind is the countdown until their birthday to receive their drivers permit and soon after, their license.
Drinking- What Age? Assignment: : Write a paragraph in which you argue or persuade your reader that the legal age for driving a car should be lowered or raised or that there should be a maximum age at which a person is allowed to drive. Do sixteen year olds have a higher rate of accidents? Yes, it is true that sixteen year olds have a higher rate of accidents in their first year of driving than any other age group; however changing the driving age will only change the statistics against eighteen year olds. If the law is changed, eighteen year olds will substitute the first year driving statistics for sixteen year olds.
This shows the reader to know that how life is important and nothing can compare to teenager’s life. In addition, more teens will reach their goal when they were younger. This means that more teens will become an adult if they don’t die during teenager’s age. Thirdly, banning cell phones while driving will decrease financial problems for many families. For example, some people don’t have car and medical insurance when they get into serious car accidents.