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It has been debated whether or not the legal driving age should be raised to 18 rather than 16. Some believe that raising the driving age will prevent unnecessary teen deaths from ever occurring because 18 year olds are more responsible than others. At the same time, others believe that age is but a number and has no effect on teen deaths while driving. They believe that starting to drive at 16 teaches responsibility and gives the new drivers more years to become the best driver they can be. Those who view raising the legal driving age as a smart move have stated that other states have raised their legal driving age. Both of these sides have pros and cons, and both of these sides have very valid points to back up their beliefs.


Ted Gregory, the author of “Should 16 Year Olds Drive?,” strongly believes that if the driving age were to be raised to 18, it would help decrease the amount of teen deaths. In New Jersey the legal driving age is 17. Eighteen out of every 100,000 16 and 17 year olds die in New Jersey from accidents involving vehicles yearly. Whereas in Connecticut the legal driving age is 16 and four months. 26 out of every 100,000 16 and 17 year olds die in Connecticut due to car accidents yearly. This statistic goes to show that by raising the legal driving age by eight months New Jersey decreased the teen death rate. Why is it that younger teens run a higher risk of being involved in car accidents? Alexander Sostarecz, columnist for The Morning Call, says that younger teens are more likely to be affected by car accidents than older teens because the youngsters are more irresponsible. In the world of today, teens stare at their electronic devices constantly. This isn’t a serious problem… that is until teens stare at their devices while driving. Sostarecz explains that as teens grow up they become more responsible in their everyday lives. Teens realize the impact they have on society and the damage they could have on not only themselves but others if they were to get in an accident that precipitated from them not paying attention to the road because they had to respond to their acquaintances texts.


Raising the driving age and keeping the driving age the same have positive effects as well. In an article in the National Motorists Association Blog, Eric Peters, the author of the the article, states that age has nothing to do with the amount of crashes that occur. The amount of training one has actually makes all the difference. A 16 year old driver who has no driving experience would be just as bad as an 18 year old driver that has no experience. Peters believes that an 80 year old with no prior driving experience would not be a great driver solely because of the amount of experience he or she has. Peters believes that raising the driving age would deprive kids of two years of valuable driving experience that could better them as drivers.


Some believe that raising the driving age to 18 would would not help the kids learn responsibility. Kathryn Walsh, the author of “Pros & Cons of Changing the Driving Age to 18”, describes her opinion on whether or not the driving age should be raised to 18. She states that kids learn responsibility when they get their licenses because they are given tasks that normally their parents do. She believes that by getting their licenses earlier, kids will be better prepared for a future filled with responsibility. Walsh believes that depriving children of their license until 18 is crazy because they will be off to college somewhere, and the chances are they will have to jump right into crazy traffic on their way to college without very much prior experience. She believes that this makes them more prone to accidents than 16 year olds.


Both arguments are very valid. Each source has facts and opinions that strongly support the side they are on and they persuade the reader to believe what they believe. All of these sources strongly appealed to logos because in order to express their opinions on this matter their arguments must be logical. This topic would be difficult to choose a side due to the points each side hit.


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4 Responses to “Driving Age”

  1. Brooks Hensley on December 20th, 2017 9:20 am

    Great article Kace! Really enjoyed it! I loved how you explained everything really nice and clean. I didn’t know that we would even consider changing getting our drivers license from 16 to 18. Both arguments are very valid and there are really good reasons for both. Again, great article Kace! I really enjoyed it!


  2. Mack Appleton on January 8th, 2018 2:26 pm

    Good article Kace. I think this is a valid argument that will become more and more relevant in future years as technology become more distracting and is something people should know the pros and cons of. Personally. I side with Peters in the sense that regardless of age any sort of machinery can be dangerous the others and the operator if the operator has no experience.


  3. klewe90 on January 12th, 2018 11:15 am

    Great article Kace! Personally being 16 and only two months away from getting my license, I hope they keep the driving age at 16. There are great points to both sides and I am interested to see where this goes.


  4. Drew Cornell on January 17th, 2018 8:31 am

    Nice article, Kace. I also never thought of the driving age being raised to 18. Thinking of that, I would only have had my license for three months instead of two years! Honestly, I feel as if the little difference in age would change anything. Either way, a teen is driving a huge chunk of metal, and it will always be dangerous. I also would like to keep following this debate.


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