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Increasing Driving Age

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Increase in Driving Age
Sixteen-year-olds have higher crash rates than drivers of any other age. Young drivers just aren’t mature enough to be on the roads, risking other drivers’ lives by their reckless deeds. By increasing the driving age teens have more time to practice making them more prepared and more likely to be safer drivers. Teens have a very short attention span, with technology; they are even more likely to get distracted making it more dangerous for them and other drivers Auto insurance is more expensive for teen drivers for a reason. Teens are more likely to speed and take advantage of being “free” making them more reckless than ever (Ghaskata).
By increasing the driving age teens get more time to drive with an experienced adult,
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Speeding or going too fast for road conditions, is a major factor in teen crash deaths (“Speeding”). Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for people from the ages 15 to 20 (“Teen Drivers and Speeding”). Teens were involved in about fourteen thousand fatal crashes and more than four thousand two hundred of them had to do with speeding. An AAA survey says speeding is one of the top three mistakes teens make (“Speeding One of Top Deadly Mistakes Made by Teen Drivers”). It’s not the lack of education per say but rather the mindset of the driver. Teens have the mindset that speeding and racing is “cool” and the consequences that can inevitably follow these rash decisions are not important enough for them to not do it. Teens are constantly being peer pressured by their friends and surroundings. Statistics show that over fifty percent of teens experience with alcohol because of peer pressure and forty percent have tried a drug (“Peer Pressure: The Effect on Teenagers”). If teenagers are willing to experience with drugs and alcohol because they feel pressures, what would prevent them from speeding ten miles above the speed limit for example. It seems harmless to drive fifty mph in a forty mph road, but there are limits for different areas for a reason, from traffic condition to road conditions making it harder for those teens that are speeding to control the car in time to prevent an
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