Think of the headlines - 'Teen Driver in Fatal Crash....' Firstly, most sixteen year olds have a carefree and fun loving attitude and the reality of the real world doesn't really filter into their lives. Of course they would all love to drive but not only are they too young in terms of understanding the dangers associated with driving, they are also dependent on their parents thus they cannot support themselves financially. As well as that, sixteen year olds have to make many life altering decisions at that age in terms of their education and career etc. therefore they need to be focused on that instead of what car they want or where they are going to take their friends after school each day. Ultimately, sixteen year olds have enough to deal with at that age and do not need to have to deal with the peer pressure of getting a licence because 'everyone has one.'
Furthermore, most road deaths in my country are caused by 15-19 year olds, therefore, even though the legal driving age is 17, 15 & 16 year olds are still causing major problems in terms of illegally driving in an erratic manner which in many cases leads to fatal road accidents. In my own family, two of my male cousins were killed as drivers in single car road accidents, one at the age of 17 and one of the age of 15. For them, what started off as a carefree day speeding over a back road with their friends came to a fatal end, resulting in inexplicable devastation that their families will never be able to get over. Do we really want to lower the age limit and allow our young people to take their lives in their own hands when most of them haven't even developed the ability to make their own breakfast yet?