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Is 16 years old too young for someone to start driving?

  • Let be serious

    At the age of 16 your not thinking of what needs to be done. Your thinking of partying having fun, doing things you know your not suppose to do. 16 year olds are rebellious and tend to be careless. Would you want to be injured or killed by a 16 year old rushing to go pick up friends to go have fun?

  • They shouldl be able to drive

    I dint think it is the kids fault because the parents can tell the kid that if they are mature enough then they can get the drivers license. For example they could make consequences like if they are not behaving then you can take their car keys away. I don't the parents should let them go at night,i mean that accidents probably happened somewhere near the middle of the night!

  • 16 is too young

    Many teen have died or killed someone else on accident because they get so excited to drive that they start speeding. A bicyclist was killed by 4 teens who ditched school and was speeding down green spot road. More and more people are killed because of sixteen year old drivers so I say that the driving age should be bumped up too save more life's.

  • Sixteen-year-old children should drive.

    “The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence,” says Denis Waitley. Sixteen year olds want to be independent. Actually, they need to be independent. Driving is a big step for childhood to adulthood and in they need to be independent to show that. Many teenagers see independence as a privilege and they can earn their independence by showing how mature they are. Being an independent driver can’t just be driving everywhere whenever you want . It means that they should be smart enough to go and get proper driving lessons so they don’t put themselves or anyone else in danger.
    According to Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Every artist was first an amateur,”. In order to excel at something, you need to practice. Practice makes perfect. In order to give your child more time to practice, you need to let them start driving at a younger age. It will give them more time to get used to driving so that they can become better drivers in the future. Also remember that when you are sixteen, you are allowed to join the Armed Forces. If we are worried about our sixteen year olds having an accident, remember that in the Armed Forces, they are also risking their lives, and it is probably more likely that people will die in the Armed Forces than from a car accident.
    There is not a big difference in 16 year olds driving and 18 year olds driving. The category with the most deaths isn’t just sixteen. It is all teenagers 15-19. This includes 16 year olds and 18 year olds. We should all realize that it is not the age that matters. It is making sure that the child has the proper practice. It is making sure they know all the rules and laws about driving. It is making sure that they know that they can’t text and drive because it puts other people in jeopardy. We need to make sure they know how to drive and that they have been passed through driving school. Then, it is safe to assume that they wouldn’t want to crash knowing all the bad things that could happen to them, and they will pay close attention to the road. If we make the driving laws more strict and make sure the driving school are stringent, then we can avoid many tragic accidents. If the teenagers know what a responsibility driving is and what could consequentially happen if they don’t obey the laws of driving.

  • It's to dangerous!!!!!!!!!!

    Transportation figures that show 49 teens were killed in motor vehicle crashes through this July compared with 93 who died in the same period last year. 16 year old's can be immature sometimes, and the need to be safe on the roads because there not only putting there life's in jepordy but there putting other lives in to plus some people have children with them in the cars when they are driving. Also, surveys reviewed by the insurance institute show more than 50 percent of adults support higher licensing ages. But, The important thing is that be safe live better, also keep families safe and then that way your safe and happy.

  • It's to dangerous!!!!!!!!!!

    Transportation figures that show 49 teens were killed in motor vehicle crashes through this July compared with 93 who died in the same period last year. 16 year old's can be immature sometimes, and the need to be safe on the roads because there not only putting there life's in jepordy but there putting other lives in to plus some people have children with them in the cars when they are driving. Also, surveys reviewed by the insurance institute show more than 50 percent of adults support higher licensing ages. But, The important thing is that be safe live better, also keep families safe and then that way your safe and happy.

  • Decision making ability is not developed yet

    This is simply too young. The part of the brain responsible for making decisions is not developed enough at this age to use appropriate judgment and react well to driving scenarios. Age 18 at the earliest. Any later than that is probably unrealistic because of employment or commuting to college. But until age 18, us parents should be responsible for carting the kids around. It may be inconvenient, but we signed up to be parents and they are still CHILDREN at age 16. Safety and responsibility are first.

  • Increase the driving age to 18.

    If they start driving at a young age without a job can hurt them in the future with bills and taxes, and with passengers in the car with them they have a greater risk of getting into a crash. But not all teens are dangerous but a great hand-full of them are behind the wheel, so increasing the driving age to 18 and older would give them more time to mature.

  • What is your maturity level?????

    Most teens are not fully developed in the brain nor the body.. If a 16 year old is driving out on the road by themselves or with friends what is the chance that they are going to follow the rules... They probably wont and there is a chance that you are going to be the one that gets hit by that crazy 16 year old. When you think about it just 2 years after that they are 18, they could just start driving then so they have a better understanding of the fact they have to be more careful about others around them and lot just themselves having fun and being free from parents!!! P.S. I'm a 15 year old and you wont normally hear something like this from a person that is starting to drive!

  • Yes!!!!! 16 is way too young!!!

    The majority of teens aren't responsible enough too handle having their own car! A 16 year old's brain isn't exactly fully developed and matured at the age. They might end up treating their drivers license and car like a toy. Maybe 18 is a good age to start driving, since 18 is he age you are considered a adult here in America. The brain is also more matured by the age.

  • Have to learn sometime.

    No matter how old the minimum age is, the first year is always going to be the hardest. 16 year old kids do need to drive because they have jobs or they need to help our their parents. Most 16 year olds are able to drive safely and should be allowed to.

  • 16 is a fine age.

    This is another question that will probably always be brought up and debated for many years to come. That being said, I firmly believe that 16 is a good enough age for someone to begin driving. They are still in high school, and it will prepare them for transportation to college.

  • Absolutely Not Too Young.

    Everyone is so concerned about the teen driving issue, maybe they should prevent it by addressing the way they teach in drivers ed, teaching kids more about responsibility behind the wheel other than complaining about it will make a bigger difference than anything.
    What doesn't make sense is thousands of people 21 and over decide to drink then drive, what is that saying about their decisions? They are 21 and over, does that mean people 21 and over aren’t capable to drive because of their decisions? With drinking and being accessible to alcohol and can still get behind the wheel of a car? It’s not the fact that teens brains aren’t developed, it’s the stupid decisions they choose, and helping to prevent that is not raising the age, but raising the amount of time teachers teach about safety issues in drivers ed, because fixing the teen problem is a reasonably easy fix, but the fact that alcohol is everywhere, there is really no way to fix that.,so if the age of driving were to be increased maybe drinking should too. Grade 9 Student

  • 16 is just about the right age for people to start driving.



    16 is just about the right age for people to start
    driving. Many 16 year olds are just
    getting their first jobs, and they could really use a driver’s license to help
    them get to work on time. Having a driver’s
    license helps build character and also helps to teach responsibility.


  • 16 years old is a good age to start driving.

    I think that 16 years old is a great age to start driving. There are definitely cases of teens that have no business driving, but in those cases, that probably remains true for that person as they get older. At 16, teens are starting to mature more and they are approaching adulthood, so I think that that is a perfect age to start driving.

  • No, I think it depends on the 16 year old.

    This is why they have tests, written as well as actual driving assessments. Whether they can drive should be based on those tests, and not their age of 16 years old. Possibly the tests should be stricter, and then fewer 16 year old children would get their licenses and everyone would be happy.

  • No It Is Not

    16 years old is not too young to start driving. It is actually the perfect age. By that time, people should be mature enough to be aware of their surroundings and be able to handle what happens on the road. Raising the minimum age for driving will not help anyone.

  • Of course it may seem like a bad idea, but it actually isn't.

    Sure, there are moments when you may think sixteen year-old may not seem qualified too drive, but they're a lot of benefits for sixteen year-old to be able to drive. For example they have work, and maybe they'll want too go and hang out with peers but perhaps their parents cant drive them to where they need too go? A drivers licence is a benefit too them in a situation like this. Oh? What's that? You think that the fact that minors brains are underdeveloped that it affects them and it causes problems for when they're driving ? But, that isn't the case. Its mostly all the day to day choices they make that are the problem.

  • No because they are getting jobs at this time and they are starting to grow into society.

    They have a job and are growing up and if you think about it they are about to be able to go live on there own. They are traveling with friends and have much more responsibility on their plate. The age of 16 is a great age to get your license and i think it should stay that way.

  • Driving age for teens too young

    Teens expecially ages 16 to 17 should be considered too young just because most car accidents happen at 16 to 17 years of age. Another reason is that if a 16 or 17 year old teen could afford their own cars then increased responsibilities would be needed. I'm afraid that a 16 or 17 year old teen couldn't handle the responsibilities Proper driving age should be raised from 16 to 21


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