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Legal Driving Age Should Not Be 14

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Started: 5/3/2018 Category: Cars
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Debating Period
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Many people have argued that the driving age should be lowered to ages as low as fourteen-years-old, however, due to their immaturity, underdeveloped minds, and the lethal consequences they face, the legal driving age should not be fourteen.
Adolescents are immature, while some may be more mature than others, it does not change the fact that most teenagers are immature. For example, according to Guardchild, a software company, in a survey they did within the past 10 years,"56% of teenagers admit to talking on their phone while driving and 13% admit to texting while driving". To further support the claim, in the same survey done by Guardchild, "21% of fatal car crashes involving teenagers between 16 and 19 were the result of phone usage. This result has been expected to grow as much as 4% every year". With the rates of teenage phone usage while driving and fatal car crashes already so high, and expecting to increase every year, these rates are likely to be even higher if the legal driving age was reduced. Now that death rates have been mentioned, this leads into the next claim, the lethal consequences. According to Allstate, in an article they published in 2012, driving accidents are the leading cause of death for people under the age of 14, with more than 4,000 deaths every year. Even worse is that the younger the driver, the higher the risk of them getting in a fatal accident is. This is supported by a list published by CBS News on the most dangerous states for teen drivers, South Dakota, which has the lowest age to get a restricted licence, at 14 and 6 month, has a teen driver death rate 149% higher than the national average. On the other hand, according to WalletHub's Top 10 Best & Worst States for Teen Drivers, New Jersey, which has the highest age to get a restricted licence at age 17, is ranked within the top 10 best states for teen drivers. Finally, adolescents' brains are not as developed as the brain of an adult. According to the Medical Center at Rochester University, the brain is not fully developed until the age of 25. The Medical Center at Rochester University also stated that adults think with the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain that responds to situations with good judgement and considers long-term effects, while teenagers think with the amygdala, the emotional part of the brain. With adolescents more likely to be emotional and make irrational and sudden decisions based on emotion, giving them a position behind the wheel would not be foolish, but dangerous as well


The legal driving age should be fourteen-years-old due to teenagers nowadays needing the ability to be more prepared. At the age of 16 teenagers are expected to have jobs and many other responsibilities, which they are expected to go to and from theirselves. Many people do not have the time to get their permit or license before the age of 18, leaving them behind. If the permit age was 14, and the license age was 15, then people would have more time to prepare for the common driving that they would have to do, and since people under 16 still require a parent with them to drive, they would still be able to have 1 year under their belt, which would be the same as otherwise, but they would be given an extra year before they needed to get a job , which gives them more time to be prepared to be driving on an every day basis. Some teenagers who are fourteen have hardships going on in their lives as well. According to DMV, in order to apply for a Junior Permit, you must : Submit a Driver's License or Identification Card Application (Form DL 44), complete an Application for Junior Permit(Form DL 120) and depending on the hardship you're claiming, the form requires signatures from your parent/guardian, and also potentially from your school principal or employer. There are many steps that have to be taken in order to get a license. According to DMV, in order to get a license people must go through or take a drivers ed class where they decide if the person is ready or not to take the Permit test, from there on depending on the instructor of the drivers ed course, the person must drive so many hours with the instructor in order for them to sign off that the student has taken the course and is prepared for this major responsibility. People then have to go to the Department Of Motor Vehicles where they are tested on driving instructions to see if they are ready and prepared to be able to drive. With this being said, if they pass the test then that already proves that they're competent enough to drive. In an article published by NBC Chicago, "a new study by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety confirmed that millennials can"t seem to put down their cellphones, even when they"re behind the wheel. After surveying over 2,500 Americans, AAA concluded that 19- to 24-year-olds are more inclined than any other age group, including teens, to check their phones for texts while in the driver"s seat. Millennial drivers also aren"t as supportive of legislation aimed at stemming distractions while on the road, and they"re more likely to normalize texting and driving than other groups. In all, 88.4 percent of respondents from ages 19-24 reported engaging in dangerous behaviors like texting, speeding and red-light running. That compared to 79.2 percent for people 25-39 and 69.3 percent for 16- to 18-year-olds. In an article done by Kalina K., East Setauket, and published on October 16, 2009, she stated the importance of teens being able to drive at a younger age as well as this statement " Whether it"s driving to school, work, or running errands, a car always comes in handy to make daily tasks easier for the entire family. When you are still in high school, independence on the road is important". Sports, and many other after school activities can put a teenager in danger if their parents do not pick them up before a certain time in the afternoon. With this being said, the legal driving age should be fourteen.
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