In California, 16-year-olds have higher crash rates than drivers of any other age. Is this epidemic really due to age though?
At the age of sixteen teens can receive their intermediate license, giving them some power behind the wheel. However, many argue that 16 is too young of an age to drive. On the other hand, some claim age doesn’t matter when it comes to driving, maturity does.
Arguing against driving at this age, many believe there is a major lack of experience. Some teens don’t take much time to practice before rushing into the test for a permit. They haven’t had enough time to get comfortable driving on the road.
It is well researched that at the age of 16, the brain is not fully developed. Scientists now say how the brain is still developing until the age of 25. With all the hormones as a teen, they are likely to make sudden decisions without much thought. Anger and emotion can be put into the driving possibly causing unsafe driving.
On the other side of the argument, many argue saying that even though the brain is not fully developed, teens aren’t the only drivers who get in accidents.
Stated in the article, older adult drivers, “In 2016, about 7,400 older adults (aged 65+) were killed and more than 290,000 were treated in emergency departments for motor vehicle crash injuries. This amounts to 20 older adults killed and 794 injured in crashes on average every day.”
Additionally, to support the idea that 16 is not too young, kids are in high school and the stress is more abundant. Driving can take the stress off of families. The teens can drive themselves to and from school.
Driving at a young age can increase responsibility. The more important of the situation the more maturity is increased. Teens will learn how to handle situations with caution. Overall, people with the belief that 16 is a good age to start driving, have the idea that everyone’s brain is different. An 18-year-old could have the same maturity and sense of responsibility as a 16-year-old.
Driving is a very important utility in this world. It is a way of transportation and a way to improve one’s responsibility. It is definitely not easy. Driving causes many deaths a year and is very dangerous. Teens get more freedom at 16 being able to drive themselves around. Is this really an appropriate age to start driving?