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Driving Age To 18 Essay

Raising the driving age to 18

   Imagine yourself as a sixteen year-old.  You just got your driver's license, and are going to go cruising with your friends to celebrate.  However, at about ten o'clock, your attention isn't on the road, and you crash into another vehicle.  Two of your friends die on scene, and your other friend is seriously injured.   For thousands of teens each year, this is a reality.  Sixteen year-old drivers are three times more likely to crash than seventeen year olds, five times more likely to crash than eighteen year olds, and two times more likely than eighty five year olds!  I think the driving age should be raised to eighteen in order to protect people for many reasons.

Changing the driving age to eighteen is a good idea because fewer deaths and accidents would result.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,827 drivers in the 15-20 age bracket died in 2002.  One hundred eighty fewer died in the same age bracket in 2003.  Several countries have done studies on raising the driving age and found that the younger people start driving, the more likely they'll crash.  It also proved that because younger people's brains haven't developed completely, and that reduces their capabilities to be a responsible, safe driver.  This is one reason to raise the driving age to eighteen.

Raising the driving age to eighteen would make it so that there would be more time to teach teens how to drive.  Many countries have employed the usage of the Graduated Drivers' Licensing System (GDL).  The GDL has given very promising results, with a drastic reduction of car accidents.  The GDL system works because it first requires that teenagers take both a class based, and road based course with qualified instructors.  Then, once teens have passed that portion and get their license,  they have many limits and restrictions set.  Some include the times you are allowed to drive, maintaining a BAC (blood alcohol content) of under .01%, and the number of passengers under eighteen you may have in the car with you.  Slowly, these bans are lifted over time, resulting in well experienced drivers.  This technique has been applied in Germany, and many other countries with great success and fewer accidents on the roads.

One final reason to raise the driving age is because sixteen and seventeen year olds have little experience driving.  It's been proven over and over that the longer you learn and practice something, the better you'll be.  Lack of experience is the number one reason why teens are in accidents each year.  The reason?  Sixteen and seventeen year-olds haven't dealt with weather complications, construction zones, and animals on the road, so they don't know how to react.  Seat belt usage is also lowest with teens, despite the fact that they protect the wearer, and they are required by law in Ohio and many other states.  Sixteen and seventeen year old drivers also haven't had experience with road rage, which older, more experienced drivers would have learned to deal with.  This is a second reason to raise the driving age to eighteen in Ohio.

There are many who oppose raising the driving age to eighteen however.  One argument on this is that it wouldn't be fair to teenagers who could have been able to drive now have to rely on parents or other family members to get them from A to B.  Now, while this does prove to be an inconvenience, these teens who would be driving and possibly getting into car crashes are being driven by drivers who are older, more experience, and drastically less likely to be in a fatal car crash.  Another reason they argue with this is because car dealerships would loose money.  This isn't necessarily true due to the fact that few rarely do teens get a car from a dealership when they turn sixteen.  Most often, a car is obtained through newspaper ads, Internet ads, or signs posted in car windows from private citizens due to the fact that they are much cheaper.  One final reason is that it is punishing all teens for the mess ups of a minority.  Raising the driving age isn't to punish teens, it's to protect them from being killed or injured in an accident that could occur if they were driving.

More teens die on the roads then the number of deaths reported on 9/11, or American soldiers who died before or after the war in Iraq.  Clearly, sixteen and seventeen year olds are not ready for such an experience, as they are neither knowledgeable, experienced, or mature enough to be safe while driving.  Raising the driving age, and employing a stricter, more prolonged GDL program, is the best way to protect teens and other drivers who are involved in these accidents.

The driving age should not be changed from 16 to 18 in the state of Delaware. The reason I think the driving age should remain at 16 is because you can be any age and still get the same experience as a 16 year old. Changing the age won’t really help anything because you are going to learn the same thing, just at a different age.

As you know, kids in high school oftentimes play sports or have after-school activities. Parents are expected to pick them up from school. With so many parents working, it can be difficult for parents to always be available to pick kids up or drop kids off. If the driving age stays the same than the kids would be able to drive themselves home and to and from various activities.

Aren’t your parents busy these days? And aren’t parents always too busy to drive you to your friends house? 16 year olds like to hang out with their friends. Going to the movies or to the mall would be much easier with a 16 year old having a driver’s license.

16 year olds are capable of driving well. They are expected to be responsible students and get good grades, and therefore should be permitted to drive. Driving is a privilege with rules. Kids respond well to rules. If kids drive carelessly, there will be consequences to their actions.

In conclusion, the driving age in the state of Delaware should remain the same as it’s been for centuries (age 16). I think you will agree that kids deserve the same treatment now as they did in the past. Driving at age 16 is the answer.