Teenagers are getting more responsibility, so why not more privileges, too? 1/5 of children get left at home from 3:30 to 5:00 after school with no parents around. Instead of being home alone, they could drive to a job to earn some extra money for themselves and their family. It would also bring crime rates down because then teenagers would have something else to do rather than look for trouble.
I've seen a bunch of websites against lowering the driving age. People think that teenagers are reckless drivers that are hostile with road rage. They make teens sound so very immature. In reality, most teens are very careful about road safety and care about the safety of others as well as their own. In some cases, underage drinking and drugs play a vast part in car wrecks. Just because some teens make bad decisions doesn’t mean all should be punished. While on the topic of drugs and drinking, most students get into that after school, when their parents are late to pick them up. If they had a car, they'd be less tempted to get into that. Lowering the driving age would also help the students academically. Many students can't stay after school to do some work because because of lack of a ride. Teenagers start to mature a lot at the age of 14. Its a proven fact that the more supervised practice you have in driving, the less chance you have of getting into a wreck. To allow young people to drive at the age of 14 is a protection for them. They would first have to gain the appropriate knowledge and get training on how to drive safely. By allowing them to obtain a license after they acquire the proper knowledge and training, we are saving lives. So practicing in a parking lot and on open roads for an extensive period of time and at a younger age with a responsible adult present at all times will really benefit them. It will allow young Canadians to learn the rules of the road earlier, it will teach them responsibility at a young age, and they will fully profit from this modification in the law. Most parents are worried that their teenager who is driving won't have enough time to get prepared for the road test. This way they can spend longer time with them from a younger age in order to implant whatever it takes to keep the roads safe. It is obvious that not all teens are ready to drive at 14. It is also the parents responsibility to decide if their 14 year old is ready to drive. I do believe that if you can prove that you are a safe driver, you should be granted the right to exercise your abilities on the road. It would make life a lot easier for parents and would also teach responsibility to teens all across Canada. Many times teens want money, so what's a better way to earn it than getting a job. The problem with that is that most parents work too, so there wouldn't be a ride for the teen. Another reason is that they could help out with errands like buying groceries and driving your brothers or sisters to school or bringing them to a friends house. Responsibility is absent in many teens, and it would be raised earlier in life if teens had the chance to deal with the “real world.” You can fly an airplane at 12 with a supervisor around. I think by then you should start preparing to drive. The general argument should not be concerning your age, it should concern the experience that you have in driving.
In conclusion, lowering the driving age would raise responsibility, grades, and lower crime rates. Teens are used to high priced living, and a lot of teens are failing to take life seriously. Driving will help them see how a split second decision can change your life and the lives of others for the better or the worse. I know that some teens are irresponsible, but what about the ones who are responsible? and mature? What would you rather want, one more or one less responsible teenager in your neighborhood?