Should Minimum Driving Age be raised to 18?

Yes, ideally it would be raised to 21.

Benefits of raising driving age to 18

1. Cut the number of deaths.

The highest death rate for drivers is amongst the age group 17-25. Accidents are most likely to occur in the age 17-18. The biggest cause of death for young women is due to road traffic accidents, quite often from cars driven by men.

2. Cut Congestion.

Less drivers on the road means less congestion which is good for the economy.

3. Might Encourage Young people to be fit.

Driving encourages the population to become lazy and obese. If people can't drive they will be forced to walk, use public transport and cycle. This will help lead to a healthier population

4. Young Drivers overestimate their skill

Young drivers, especially male drivers, are likely to overestimate their ability to drive at speed and in difficult conditions. For people of school age, there is often great peer pressure to drive excessively and in a dangerous way.

Other suggestions in the report on raising the driving age

1. Implement a full learning schedule.
2. Stop newly passed drivers carrying passengers between 11pm and 5 am in the morning.
3. A Zero alcohol limit for all new drivers who have just passed their test.
4. Allow people to drive at 17, but not take the test until 18.


Perma Link | By: T Pettinger | Wednesday, August 8, 2007
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Anonymous hgvlgvtraining said...

As of 10th September 2009 the minimum age to drive an HGV LGV is 18. This is an attempt to atrract new blood into the transport industry. The adverageage of

October 29, 2009 9:12 PM  
Anonymous hgvlgvtraining said...

The age to drive an HGV LGV in the UK has just been reduced from 21 to 18. Whilst in the US you are considering increasing the age?

November 2, 2009 4:18 PM  

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