I had a ride with my friends teenage daughter the other day who just got her permit. She is 16. It was a scary experience to say the least. She has to drive with Mom for x amount of hours until she gets her official license. I love this kid, But if she is on the road anytime soon, I don't want to be in the same area.
This situation got me thinking......
Will raising the age to 17 or 18 give a kid more experience — or less? Maybe the age at which we begin to train kids to drive should be lowered, not raised. Does it make more — or less — sense to toss a kid with zero hours behind the wheel a set of car keys at 17 or 18, when he is inches way from being legally free of any parental oversight whatsoever?
Maybe it would make more sense to begin teaching kids how to drive around 14 or 15 — easing them into it gradually, and with supervision — so that by the time they are 16 or 17 they have two or three years of experience behind them.
Driving is, after all, a skill like any other; it is not mastered overnight — or after a few weeks of classroom instruction and a couple of hours in the seat.
Anyone have any views on this? Any experience with their own children learning to drive?
Should the driving age be raised to 18?
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