Proper Driving Age
At this point you’re probably wondering when you can start driving, but this is way more puzzling than it seems! I chose the driving age to be 18 and not 16, because 18 is when you become a responsible adult about every situation.
To begin with this, it all should do with what the parents decide. Some parents are less strict about the situation and the safety of their child. While others support the reasoning to raise the driving age to 18. Therefore, “ In 2003, there were 937 drivers age 16 who were involved in fatal crashes. In those wrecks, 411 of the 16-year-old drivers died and 352 of their passengers were killed.” (Page 1)
Only because of the simple causes the road can bring to teenagers that drive. Another acceptable reason why you should raise the driving age is, “ 16- year- old’s brain is generally far less developed than those of teens just a little older.” (Page 1) At 16 you’re not fully familiar with your surroundings or what might happen that’s dangerous on the road.
Another reason why the government wants to raise the driving age is, because it’s been witnessed that, “ most fatal crashes with 16-year-old drivers (77%) involved driver errors, especially the kind most common among novices. Speeding, overcorrecting after veering off the road, and losing control when facing a roadway obstacle that a more mature driver would be more likely to handle safely.” (Page 2)
Many teens can’t focus and stay in control when their brain in telling them to make sharp moves in a tricky situation. Let’s say if a 16-year-old is driving by themselves and they decide to pass on a red light when another vehicle is coming towards them at an angle. The first reaction to the teenager is telling them to press on their brakes; but all that’s doing is giving the other vehicle a wide opportunity to hit you then and there. First, you should have known to stop at a red light to play it safe or stay on your guard and make sure you don’t make any mistakes!
A simple situation to prevent accidents at this young of age is to take an adult with you. The adult would guide you and give you on the road advise that you’d need later on. If you accidentally make a simple mistake for example, the wrong turn, forgetting to put on your blinker, or stopping every time at red lights; they’ll tell you.
Your parents are more experienced drivers than you, because they drive almost every day. So, asking them simple questions will help you become as good of drivers as them. Another simple situation to help with less accidents on the road will be practice. “ However new drivers that drive a lot under favorable conditions gain experience and become safer drivers…” (Page 4)
Teens that drive way more often tend to get in less accidents. So, would you expect an unexperienced teenager to be driving on a freeway for the first time? Maybe not, so learn how to drive before you go on; this takes practice. At first your scared and less obligated with the road, then after lots of experience you feel much more comfortable being behind the wheel.
In conclusion, 16-year-old brains are not as aware of their surroundings as older teens. Their brains are still developing and experiencing new things which leads them to overreact in some cases. I’d say changing the new driving age to 18 would engage a better and safer community!