Stop the fatalities


Raising the driving age has been debated for almost a decade. Parents say it should be raised for multiple reasons and find out if it would actually be effective. Teens say that they are responsible enough to handle a car at 16. Are they right? Should we be trustworthy that they will be careful?


The driving age should be raised. Teenagers are more responsible at 18 rather than their parents having to hand over the keys on their 16th birthday. Also, they are able to handle the big burden of being able to drive better than if they were 16. Lastly, they will have more perception of their surroundings and be aware of the rules of the road. In addition, raising the driving age should cause less accidents.

We Are All In Trouble

If the driving age doesn't get raised to 18 soon, no driver on the road is safe. Just being in a car is dangerous, but put a teen in a car with four of her/his friends and a cell phone, thats a recipe for disaster. Studys show that more than 5,000 U.S. teens die each year in car crashes (Burdick). More than 68,000 teens have died in car crahses in the past decade - 10,000 more than the total number of Americans who died in the Vietnam War, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (Driving Age... Too Low?) . If teens wait two more years to get their license they will be more experienced and make it safer for not only them but everyone around them. They should know all of the driving regulations before they claim their seat behind the wheel.

Having Knowledge

Teens at 18, are more perspective of other vehicles and what is around them. The result should and will be less accidents. More than 6,000 teens died in the car crashes in the United States in 2003, according to the insurance Institute for highway safety. More than 500,000 suffered life-altering injuries (Driving Age...Too low?) . Teenagers make up only 10 percent of the U.S. population, but suffer 14 percent of all car fatalities and are involved in 20 percent of all reported crashes, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. (Driving age... Too Low?) . By knowing the facts it should persuade you into being safer on the road.

This video focases on people texting and driving, mainly teens. They injured others because they took their eyes off of the road and decided to text instead. Take the pledge to never text and drive here; http://www.itcanwait.com/ #itcanwait


... Ask parents and many will admit that giving their 16-year-olds the keys is a big convenience. After years of carting kids to school and back and taking them wherever they need to go, it's a relief to let them drive themselves. (Don't raise driving age) . Believe it or not, most feel the same way. If the driving age were increased there would still be problems with drivers and their inexperience. Raising the driving age would just make inexperienced drivers older and would solve nothing. (Nowak). But it would! As long as they're getting practice and driving every single day with their permit and a licensed driver in the front seat. They will get better if given tips and when they are 18 they can go out driving with their license and be fully prepared for what comes in the future.


Raising the driving age 18 is very important. There many accidents, the road isn't safe, drivers are distracted, and most 16-year-olds aren't responsible enough to handle driving. So, is it really necessary? Absolutely! You should be cautious while you're driving but not flustered! Teenagers have to understand that when they are driving they have to be respectful of other drivers. In 2002, the estimated economic cost of police-reported crashes involving drivers 15- to 20-year-old was $40.8 billion, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (Driving age.. Too Low?) . In conclusion, weather you're 15 or 18 everyone should be careful on the road and be cautious around all kinds of different drivers.

Works cited

Burdick, Dave. "Teen Driving Age Should Be Raised, Says Auto Safety Group." The Huffington Post. 09 Sept. 2008. TheHuffingtonPost.com. 10 Mar. 2014 <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/09/teen-driving-age-should-b_n_125010.html>.

"Driving Age...too low?" Driving Age...too low? 11 Mar. 2014 <http://legaldrivingage.blogspot.com/>.

"Rock Hill Herald Online." Don't raise driving age. 11 Mar. 2014 <http://www.heraldonline.com/2008/09/14/815230/dont-raise-driving-age.html>.

"Silver Chips Online : Do you think the driving age should be raised?" Silver Chips Online : Do you think the driving age should be raised? 11 Mar. 2014 <http://silverchips.mbhs.edu/story/4348>.