An ongoing debate is whether the driving age in the US should be raised to 17 or 18. There are pros and cons to doing this.
One of the reasons why we shouldn’t raise the driving age is because it would not only upset teens, but also put extra stress on parents. Many parents not only have a job, but ferry their kids to playdates and extracurricular activities. If the driving age is raised, the teens would be dependent on their parents for a longer time. However, if the teens were able to drive themselves, they could not only drive themselves around, but maybe help their parents. It would be good for everyone.
Independence is very important to learn, starting from being able to walk home themselves to being able to drive a car. Eric Chester, president of the training and consulting company Generation Why Inc., told ABC News that if the lives of children are always tightly controlled, they are going to have difficulty in the workplace. Therefore, restraining a teen’s freedom by not letting them drive as early could actually have negative consequences.
The biggest argument for raising the driving age is that car accidents are the leading cause of death amongst teenagers. There are several reasons for this.
Teens get into a lot of car accidents is because they are less mentally developed than adults. According to an article on NBC news, “the juvenile brain is still maturing in the teen years and reasoning and judgment are developing well into the early to mid 20s.” Teens can underestimate danger, such as driving over the speed limit, and get seriously hurt or killed.
Justice Anthony Kennedy said that “juveniles are more vulnerable or susceptible to negative influences and outside pressures, including peer pressure.” If teens are driving with friends, they could be pressured or teased into doing something dangerous, such as looking at their text messages.
However, some teens do possess enough self-control and knowledge, so the decision of whether or not their child should be allowed to drive should be left to parents who know their child. Parents could slowly ease their teen into the independence of driving. According to an article by Hugh C. McBride on, “Granting limited liberties and establishing clear guidelines are good ways for both you and your teen to gradually adapt to his increased independence.”
The feeling of being restrained despite being fully capable is annoying, isn’t it? But that would probably be what many teens would feel like if the driving age was to be lowered. However, due to the amount of logic against increasing the driving age, there is no need.

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