Not only teenage drivers but also experienced drivers can cause car crashes, even fatal accidents. Many statistics claim that young drivers tend to make a mistake when driving such as being distracted, going too fast on the road, or being inexperienced to handle unexpected situations. Do you wonder why we should raise the minimum driving age? Besides, does this help us reduce the number of teenage drivers who can be killed or injured by car crashes?
This article will be a great answer to your question. Let’s take a look.
1.This will lower the fatal accident rate which is caused by teenage drivers.
One statistic claims that the number of fatalities aged 13-19 in auto collisions accounts for 1/3. That is because the likelihood of car crashes in young people is higher than the old ones. Besides, the more teenage passengers in the car, the more likely a car crash can happen. Therefore, teen drivers should be instructed by experienced adults such as their parents.
- Raising the driving age would somewhat improve teenager’s health
For example, if the driving age were raised to 18, it means teens are not allowed to drive on the road. As a result, they have to use other ways to travel such as riding a bike, catching a bus, or even walking. This helps them increase physical activity. 1 in 3 teenagers in some states is overweight; therefore we could encourage them to work on their health.
- Raising the driving age would create more chances to gain experience.
75% of the car collisions caused by teenage drivers are due to common mistakes like driving too fast, skipping traffic signals, and being distracted. Besides, the lack of concentration is one of the top causes of car accidents. Young drivers are often distracted by texting, answering the phone, or even falling asleep when getting behind the wheel.
- This could reduce the cost of automotive insurance for families.
As you know, if your teen is allowed to drive a car legally, you will have to pay much more for automotive insurance. Namely, the average annual rate for a teenage driver in the US in 2017 is $2267 and the cost of adding a new young driver to an existing policy is $600. Therefore, raising the driving age can help you save money as well as encourage teenagers to use other vehicles such as public vehicles or bikes. Even teenagers aged from 15 to 19 that own a good driving record can confront considerably higher auto insurance rates because the risk of a car collision in young drivers is 4 times higher than older ones. Especially, the price will only go down when you turn to 25 years old and some changes to how we issue a license could be beneficial to everyone
- It can be said that raising the driving age can bring fairness to all teenagers in the United States.
Each state in the United States sets different driving standards and some places encourage teenagers (14 years old) to get a learner’s permit. Besides, some religions provide a restricted driver’s license at 16. In reality, many teenagers use a trick so that they can get a driver’s license legally. For instance, they can take part in a driving test in a State where they are allowed to get a license at the current age. On the other hand, In the state where they live, they accept the license which is issued by another authority.
- It would reduce the traffic congestion on the road
An upper age limit for driving can reduce the number of drivers on the road. As a result, traffic congestion will be improved. Moreover, schools become more spacious because of requiring fewer parking spots, which means the land could be used for other facilities or needs. Raising the driving age also helps us protect the environment. Instead of driving on their own, students will have to take a bus, cycle, or walk to school, which also reduces the number of emissions into the environment
- In terms of physiology, it will help teenagers mature.
Driving comes with age. The older you are, the better your driving is. Besides, science claims that human brains tend to be underdeveloped during one’s teenage years. When it comes to teenagers, we often think of impulsiveness, unstable emotions, or fail to imagine what their actions can cause. Therefore when they grow, they also have more completed thoughts than before, which helps them become better drivers on the road.
- Young drivers will have more chances to approach today’s intuitive technologies
Nowadays, driving a car is a different experience for teenagers compared with the previous period. Namely, teenagers in the 1990s had to own more personal driving skills because cars’ features were basic while young drivers today can approach lane assist technology, automatic braking and even you can be impressed by seeing some cars park themselves. With these modern technologies, teenagers can be supported better when driving a car on the road
However, there are also opinions against raising the driving age. First of all, nowadays teenagers take part in more activities than before; therefore if they are allowed to drive a car, they will control their life better. For instance, if teenagers have not gotten a license yet, they have to depend on their parents who are often busy while public transportation can not be available all the time. In general, many people believe that raising the minimum driving age will limit transportation options.
Secondly, it would prevent teenagers from achieving a great experience. Statistics show that the younger drivers are, the higher the likelihood of auto vehicle accidents can occur. However, delaying the start of driving may limit the time that teens approach driving experience. Driving can be improved by taking a driving course.
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