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Instead of continuing Roxy's thread with this debate, I figured I'd open a new thread.

Yes, I do believe the legal driving age should be raised to 18 for several reasons.

Let's face it, most (not all), 16/17 year olds are too immature to drive. Responsibility is not one of their priorities. If an emergency situation, most teens this age freak out (especially females). I've seen/heard teens closing their eyes if they are about to crash or do the total opposite in such a situation making it worse. The lack of experience/maturity combined is deadly.

Adding two or three of their friends to the formula doesn't help matters either. They bring too many distractions to the situation.

I didn't drive until I was 17 (five months from 18) and I live in the 'burbs. At first, I was too scared to take the interstate, try parrellel parking, drive at night etc. etc. Instead of using common sense, most others are taking these risks when they are not comfortable and making a bad situation.

I think teens need a longer, more detailed driver's education course too. They need to learn all the responsibilities of driving, the dangers of cell phones/cars, the dangers of speeding, and so forth.

Yes, I do sound like an "old man" or a "parent" when it comes to this. However, I have seen too many teens die because of inmaturity and inexperience behind the wheel.


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I am 18 and I agree. I am veryyy comfortable w/ driving and always make the right decision according to a a certain situation. BUT shit happens.



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While raising the legal limit to drive might help a little. I think keeping older people from having a license can work too. Say 65 or 70.

If I had a choice though, I'd make everyone take a driving and written test once a year. At the same time you have to renew your registration.

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Not w/ our DMV services. YIKESSS!!


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all i really have to say is that some things you never learn until you experience them... like i agree closing your eyes when you get scared is one of the dumbest things in the world but like in my opinion, you have to make some dumb mistakes in order to become a real good driver. that, and lots of experience.

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Forget raising the age limit, they should just make it more difficult to get a license.....and that doesn't mean a more difficult written test.

I mean, let's face it, you can memorize the whole damn book and pass a difficult written exam, but when it comes time to practice what you've "learned", it's a completely different animal.

Increase the difficulty of the driving exam with little room for error and the examiner can get a better gauge of what type of driver he's extending a license to. Just my .02
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I do not think "dumb mistakes" are needed to improve driving. All it takes is some common sense and good reaction time.

Racing, reving engines, driving with cell constantly, looking at passenger more then road...these are all things that teens are more likely to do then "experienced, older" drivers.

It does help to experience sliding on ice in the winter, getting your car out of a 360 spin after you've experienced one before, avoiding other dumb drivers....but...common sense plays a big role.

You do not slam brakes on when sliding. You do not turn away from the 360 unless flipping is "your thing". You do not weave in/out of cars going 80 MPH.

I just think an 18 age limit and more in-depth driver's ed course could save many young lives.

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On the same note, I do not think people over the age of 65 should have a license unless they pass a yearly driver's and eye exam. They can be just as lethal on the road as a young teen - especially since most older women cannot see over the steering wheel of their '87 buick. haha


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Well I would support raising the age to 18, plus a more comprehensive drivers test/mandatory drivers ed course.

I know my driving test was a joke as far as what I had to do to pass. I didn't even have to parallel park

I didn't start driving till I was a month past my 18th birthday, and only then because I had to drive when I started college. I was scared to death the first time I went out with my mom on a road, and this was at 1 AM.

I also agree with another post about have more stringent/more frequent testing for seniors. They clog up the roads too much J/K, but their reaction times do slow down as they age.

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idk man, being 16 or 17 again, without having yourself or a friend to drive you would suck, would you really want your mom or dad driving you to all these places for 2 more years? You can bitch and whine all you want, its gonna stay at 16 anyway.


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I know I can complain, complain...but age will not budge. Just thought it would make for some interesting conversation.

A good point brought up, a more difficult driving test at the DMV. We used to joke about the state of WV just having to make a few right turns and a straight away through the cornfield to pass. Most states tests are a joke, especially the city areas.

I do remember, "back in the day", it being a pain to hitch a ride with a friend or a parent in my teen days. However, I'd prefer being inconvenienced for a few years rather then dying in a car accident before the age of 20. No need to be in hurry to drive, have all life to enjoy it in a responsible manner.


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