Why 16 is too Young to Drive

My Stance

Although by law it says that teens can drive at the age of 16, most kids at this age are not ready to handle the stress of driving. This not only puts their life in danger, put it puts the lives of others on the road in danger as well. Therefore, we should transition into a law that requires new drivers to have a graduated license to ensure the safety of civilians.

I would also like to take into consideration some facts about teen driving:

  • 16 year olds have a higher crash rate than any other age
  • 56% admitted to talking on the phone while driving
  • 33% of the cause deaths of teenagers is fatal car accidents
  • Statistics have shown that each passenger highers the death rate when a 16 or 17 year old is driving

These facts show one the result of inexperienced drivers and how harmful they can be.

Facts from: https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-teen-driving

Scientists have done many studies on the brain and how it changes over time. They have come to the conclusion that it does not finish maturing until one is in their mind 20's. At this point they are able to fully reason, use discernment, and react more quickly in certain situations. Scientists have also discovered that most teens brains are not mature enough yet to handle the stress of driving. This leads to small driving errors, which ultimately results in car accidents that are sometimes fatal.
Is 16 too young to drive
Young Drivers: The High Risk Years
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Graduated Licenses:

The solution to this problem is to simply have the rest of the nation transition into the idea of graduated licenses. By instilling the Graduated Licensing Law, drivers would get there license in three steps:

  • Learning stage: this stage includes supervised driving, cumulating with a driving test
  • Intermediate stage: this stage includes limited unsupervised driving in high risk situations
  • Full privilege stage: a normal driver's license

By putting these laws into place, it will ease drivers into the process of getting their license. Although some people may think it is a pain, it could save thousands of lives and could make the roads a lot safer.

All information from: http://www.ghsa.org/html/stateinfo/laws/license_laws.html