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Debate Score:184
Arguments:62
Total Votes:220
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Should the driving age be increased to 18?

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Yes

Side Score: 28
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No

Side Score: 156
2 points

i think the driving age should be raised because there is many irresponsible drivers at a young and i find that as young adults come into grown adults they become more aware of there environment and what is right from wrong.

Side: yes
SuperTails(2) Disputed
4 points

Wrong, I am responsible and I help my mom all the time and that's true. I clean my own laundry, do my own chores and get paid on my jobs. But the only problem is transportation for school and my jobs.

Plus +(, I know what's right from wrong that smoking can lose your life and cause health problems. I know people crash because of these stuff alcholhol and smokin to be restricted!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Side: No
2 points

Ya, because then I can have an excuse for why I never got my license at 16 other than "I failed the written test." (;

Side: yes
2 points

I think it should because most teenagers are immature and they don't deserve to be on the road where innocent, mature adults are.

Side: yes
2 points

'innocent, mature adults'? if 16 yr olds are too 'immature' to handle it, how can they handle high school, jobs, homework, extracurricular activities, and college prep? would everyone rather have legal adults, 18 yr olds, just barely receiving licenses, with no experience when they are free to do as they please on the road without parental and governmental restrictions? just because someone turns 18, doesn't mean they automatically will become better drivers.

Side: yes
2 points

Yeah. It's not that teenagers can't be responsible, but that no matter how you look at it, teen brains (lol that's right brains) aren't developed fully. Especially the part for risk-taking and impulse behavior. You'll just have to wait it out :3

Side: yes

Yes. I don't want no tiny bopper on the same road as me. Rush hour traffic is bad enough as it is.

Side: Yes

I want to delay buying my daughters a car and I also want to keep my daughters out of the back seat of some 16 year old boy's car as long as possible.

Side: Yes
Yoshokatana(13) Disputed
9 points

So you'd prefer your daughter in the back seat of some 18 year old boy's car?

Side: No
3 points

i agree. if 16 year olds have earned their right to the roads, why stop them?

Side: No
2 points

i think that the driving age should be raised to 18. this is because young teenagers have a tendency to be careless. when and as they mature they seem to get a sense of what is right and what is wrong. i think that even though i support the driving age to be raised 18 but young adults at the age of 18 can also be dangerous, as in not having the sense to know the rights from the wrong.

Side: No
gabistemrich(2) Disputed
4 points

then A) don't buy your kids a car. and B) allow them to only go on group dates, or don't allow them to date until they are 16.

btw. I'm only 15

Side: No
3 points

haha. im 14. dont buy them a car. they will appreciate the privilege if they earn it! btw, all those who are now saying the age should be raised, received their licenses at 16.

Side: No
StolenFED(80) Disputed
3 points

At the age of 18 you can buy a marijuana club card (state/country depending), a gun, and cigarettes.

Side: No
cutiepie4546(21) Disputed
3 points

No matter how old she is...whether she's 17..18..19 years old. She will eventually be in the backseat of a car of someone you don't like or you don't want her to be with. Teens don't always abide to the rules. Changing the driving age won't change that.

Side: No
leadsinger(16) Disputed
2 points

but it was ok for YOU to be in the back of his car when u were 16?

no disrespect intended, honestly.

Side: No

No, it was not OK. But I didn't know that then. I know it now though ;)

Side: yes
1 point

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Side: Yes

Under the age of 18 is playing with fire. Driving is a major responsibility.

Side: Yes
-2 points

Hey, you made a funny :)

Side: Yes

As shown in this graph, experience has more of an effect on accidents than does age. There is still a positive trend that implies that younger drivers are more susceptible to accidents (this could also be due to the fact that younger drivers have less experience), but the rate of accidents only slightly decreases with age whereas it drastically decreases with experience (at least at first) and then levels out.

I think the focus of an amendment to the current laws should be on the required supervised drive time before one can test for/receive a license regardless of age.

Another quick fact from the site, "research shows that accident liability is reduced by nearly half after two years driving experience."

Side: No
3 points

amen i say unto you! i couldnt agree more. allow teens to receive permits at 15 instead of 15 and 7 months, and maybe a 'school' or 'residential area' permit at 14 1/2.

i totally support the Graduated Driver's License program, but see little benefit to just raising the driving age.

btw, i am 14.

Side: No
2 points

i agree with misterfr33ze's statement it's just point blank facts

Side: No
sparsely(496) Disputed
0 points

In other words, people should begin driving sooner, rather than later.

Side: Yes
5 points

The reason I put "regardless of age," if that's what you were responding to, is because currently, in California at least, once you reach 18, all you have to do is pass the written test and you are eligible to take the driving test. I think the focus of an ammendment to the current laws should address that drivers (of the current legal ages set) should be required more supervised driving time regardless of age because experience is a more important factor.

Side: No
StolenFED(80) Disputed
1 point

Why are you opposed?

Side: No
7 points

No. 18 year olds have many more places to drive to, what with being adults, moving out, going to college, etc. 16 year olds are still young and still are required to go to high school, the majority stay local to their parents and school. Receiving your license at 16 gives you more time to drive and gain experience on the road in a safer environment. When you're 18, you won't have as much time to learn the basic lessons only experience can give you about driving.

Side: No
5 points

I say no because I feel certain it wouldn't make a difference. 16 is a decent age to start driving, especially when alcohol is still prohibited for another 5 years, and it leaves 5 years for them to learn to drive safely, with ease. We all know when we first start driving it feels really freaky and we pretty much suck at it. But after at least 6 months of driving on your own, it starts to feel natural and we do better. Granted, some people don't take it seriously and are doing really stupid stuff while driving (like drinking, or applying make up, or talking on their phone). But if we postponed it to 18, that means having, well, 18 year olds that drive like crap all over the place. And at 18, they're more likely to do stupider stuff because they're older and will have better access, compared to a 16 yr old still living with their parents who are making their rules still. There's more control letting a 16 year old drive, than an 18 year old. It'd be nice if all 18 year olds were mature, but really, I think the majority are dumber than most 16 year olds.

Side: No
4 points

16 is the experience you get and learn instead of waiting and getting late to school and jobs.

Side: No
4 points

isn't it the point of the driving test to make sure that you're good enough to be on the roads? i don't think it makes it any safer if you're two years older.

Side: No
3 points

by the time some kids now will be 16, the driving age will be 21, some kids actually know how to drive and have great experience. if your neighbor hits a tree should your license be taken away? if your neighbor robs someone should you go to jail. yes some teens should be taken off the road, but not all it isn't in any way fair to responsible safe driving teens

Side: No
2 points

i agree! .

Side: No
5 points

I think driving is like homework (pardon the bad analogy). For the first few years, you need your parents to look over your shoulder so you do it correctly and get it in on time. If you get the licsense when you're sixteen, you have 2 or 3 years for your parents to "look over your shoulder" and help you learn how to drive properly. At eighteen, most people are already at college or in the workforce, so they don't have the parental support that they might need.

Side: No
4 points

dude (i don't know if you're a guy or a girl) you're a genius. I'm a freshman in hs and i just turned 14. If they changed the driving age, i'd get my license when i'm a sophmore...in college. I don't know about you, but I don't want my momma carting me around the campus; or driving me and my date to the movies for that matter.

Side: No
4 points

Because it should be their parents disisson

Side: No
3 points

But then if we make it our parent's decision, then what comes next? Will our parents choose our college? Spouse? Job? You have a good point, but I think it compromises another faction of freedom as young adults.

Side: No
3 points

The driving age shouldn't be increased, but the requirements and tests should definately be more difficult. By difficult I mean that the process should require more time between the permit and license, in Maryland it takes about 1 1/2-2 years atleast to get your license, especially if you are underage. A graduated system would definately be an improvement to the majority of the systems now.

Side: No
3 points

If you want to make the roads safer... add a minimum years to Drivers Ed

Side: No
3 points

I think this would not be so much of a hard hit in NJ. We get our licenses at 17 anyway. What's another year? :) But driving is not automatically learned with age, it is a skill that is honed through practice. We all had to drive a car for the first time at some point.

Side: No
3 points

Well I'd be fucked if i didn't have my licence. My parents left home as soon as i turned 17 :)

Side: No
3 points

I'm going to say no, because frankly, what difference will it make? A lot of people here are noting that people will be 'more mature' at eighteen. It's two years difference. At fifteen (well, almost), I know some really mature sixteen year olds and really immature eighteen year olds. I was driven to school many times last year by my friend's neighbour (who was seventeen), who was perfectly responsible.

I also notice a lot of people noting that many teens die in crashes every year. If you raise it to eighteen, then won't more eighteen year olds die? It's all about experience, not age. People need to realize that physical size or age don't necessarily change your maturity.

At almost fifteen, I've been told many times that I'm extremely mature for my age. But then there's those kids who act out and seem extremely immature at eighteen, sometimes even older.

So really, what difference does age make? It's about maturity, which isn't measured in age, but in...well, maturity. And driving is about EXPERIENCE, not age.

Side: No
3 points

yes if you are 18 you are alowed to buy and drink alchol has the government heard of drink driving

Side: No
3 points

No, because there are teens who are mature and know how to handle responsibility. Therefore we shouldn't ruin it for the ones who have waited for the day they get their license. On the other hand, the irresponsible teens should take 3 courses of driver's training and make them understand how important it is to take precaution when driving. We shouldn't raise the driving age but make the requirements stricter.

Side: No
3 points

By the time were 18 we'll be in college! How are you suppose to have time to learn to drive while your balancing college cousres?!? Also we need many hours driving with our parents and we can't get that while were away in college. 16 is the perfect age

Side: No
2 points

now thats the truth. You wouldn't have time to really learn how to drive when your going to college. exspecially when you go to at 8am and don't get out until 5 and then have to go back from 6-9pm then go home and do homework . now tell me where is the time at to learn how to drive.

Side: yes
3 points

if people are scared to have young drivers out during rush hour traffic it really isnt a big issue. most school get out aroung 3 and most kids either go home right away or go to work. most kids will only be out getting things unless it is a weekend when a lot of teeens have free range.

Side: No
3 points

ummm i don't think so .....most places won't hire you unless you have a drivers license. and there are lots of 16 year olds that need a job at 16.

Side: ummmm no
3 points

As long as you don't have as much public transport as Euroope raising the driving age to European standards would imprison 16-18 year olds.

Side: No
3 points

Listen people im only 13 and i believe it should stay at 16 because amongst with what others are saying as of a 16 year old will have more experience up to 2 years

And at 18 you have balance everything you do college,jobs,extracurricular activities etc. A high-schooler only has their education which we get out around 3:00 or so and then our jobs which start after school or later in the day leaving plenty of time for practice even if it's not exactly our parents with us we'll have a grandpa or grandma even uncle to help us (parents would be best).

Side: No
3 points

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Side: No
3 points

well i live out in the country and go into a town school which is a forty minute drive and it takes even loneger on the bus i also go to dancing three times a week and play basket ball which means my mum or dad have to drive me there and pick me up i was hoping to get my licence as soon as possible so i can drive my self.

Side: No
2 points

wrong I think they need to keep it the same cause when you turn 18 you would have to do the same thing that you would when your 16. Plus there is no reduction on death rates. so it would be helpful for the 16 year olds to have there license because it helps them go back and forth to work and school. Most kids go to college when they are 18 and if they changed the law to 18 to get your license then your kids will be going out with no experience and probably no one else will help them learn to drive. ask yourself did you get your license at 16 if you did. did you have a job. if you did how did those license help you. they got you back and forth didn't. They shouldn't take away the right for the 16 year old's they have been waiting on that. Some kids have that set as a goal to get their licenses when they turn 16 and do they suppose to do that if you make the age to 18. As a parent would love to see my kid get her goals set and accomplish them by the time they said if they can now i won't force it. but you know what i mean.

Side: yes
1 point

if 16 and 17 year old can`t drive to school or work, which will screw up the economy because there is jobs that tenns need to do cuz adults are too fat.

Side: No
1 point

the people like driving i know a 14 year old who canot wait to drive if you higher it he;ll have to wait till collage i know i would not want that

Side: No
1 point

I think that the driving age should not be raised to 18 because then the drivers will not become more experienced for the road and resulting in crashes........also pointing out that no matter what you do people will still get into car crashes and raising the age will not matter. also if you have to wait intill you are 18 then youcannot buya car sooner then the economy will get worse..

Side: No