Teen Driving Persuasive Essay

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Was that one conversation with your friend worth the next one hundred y’all could’ve had? Was finding that certain emoji worth not being able to send it? Was your anger and lack of patience to get to your destination worth not getting there at all? Most people are distracted at least half the time when driving; whether it be a phone, trying to change the radio station, drinking, eating, reaching down in the seat, or simply having a conversation with the passenger. It’s not expected for someone to be absolutely silent when driving. The world doesn’t expect you not to sing to your favorite song and maybe even bounce to the beat of your favorite tune. Yet, people are too often killed or severely injured when our minds lose focus even if it’s…show more content…
Naturally, more often than not, wisdom grows with age. Therefore, understanding the mindset of age differences was a key factor in my siding with raising the driving age to 18. The current law states a teenager can apply and receive their driver 's permit as early as 15 years of age. In today’s society, young people find themselves, I believe, indestructible and “superhuman.” Not to mention their lack of understanding and respect for the two ton vehicle they are operating every single day and the massive amount of damage that can be caused if something goes wrong. At a young age we seem to find our friends more important than our safety. We tend to ignore the concern of our parents and community. Every time a teenager gets behind the wheel they are increasing the chance of danger to themselves and others. It’s not surprising that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death of teens in the U.S. Statistics show in 2015, tragically 2,333 teens in the United States between the ages of 16 and 19 were killed and 221,313 were treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries suffered in motor vehicle crashes in 2014. On an average, six teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 died every day from vehicle injuries. In 2013, teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19 represented only 7% of the United States population, but they accounted for 10 billion dollars of the total costs of
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