16-year-olds Not Rushing to the DMV

Apparently driving is too dangerous and expensive for 16-year-olds to get their licenses as soon as they are eligible these days. State laws restricting driving, rising insurance costs, expensive driving schools, and safety are all reasons teens are waiting to drive according to the New York Times article run in the Business section last week.

“The national rate of licensed 16-year-olds dropped to 29.8 percent in 2006 from 43.8 percent in 1998, according to the Federal Highway Administration.”

I find it interesting (and telling) that the article didn’t mention teens pedaling their bikes or riding the bus to get where they need to go. No, their parents are, “happy to shuttle” them around.

Come on parents, get your kid a cool bike and tell them to ride it to swimming and cheerleeding. It’s not so scary. It’s actually good for them. And it’s really fun.

 – Anne

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