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Should the Driving Age be Raised to 18?
Transcript of Should the Driving Age be Raised to 18?
Period 5 Reasons for Raising the Driving Age: Less accidents and near death experiences involving 16 and 17-year-old drivers.
More mature drivers on the road.
Less traffic on the road. “16-year-olds have higher crash rates than drivers of any other age.” (Teen). Many people say the reasoning for teenagers being involved in so many accidents is their inexperience. Having the driving age raised to 18 will give teenagers two extra years to grow and mature. Reasons for Not Raising the Driving Age:
18-year-olds will be less experienced.
More accidents involving 18-year-olds because of inexperience.
Not being able to get to extracurricular activities. Raising the driving age will give 18-year-olds the same experience 16-year-olds had before the driving age was raised. Therefore, raising the driving age to 18 will cause more accidents involving 18-year-olds (Koroknay). SOLUTIONS Instead of raising the driving age, more laws and rules should be put into use, regulating what teenagers can do and not do on the road. The process of getting a license should be harder, like the driving test should be more difficult, and a teen should have to drive more hours before receiving their license. Teens’ parents should be more involved, and should teach their teen how to drive properly and how to react in emergency situations. Nowadays, parents are so busy with work, and are so stressed, they do not have the time to teach their teenager how to drive properly. "Works Cited"
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