Should the Age at which People Can Earn a driver’s license Be Raised to 18?

Citizens should not be equal and freedom should not be fully given to certain people, such as teenagers for the safety of citizens. Most of the states in the United States, such as Maine and Massachusetts, allow teens who are at least 16 years old to earn a driver’s license. However, teens are more likely to have car accidents and die than adults. Based on the article Teen Brains, teens are likely to act irresponsibly because their brains will not be developed until their twenties. In addition, if the United States is compared to other countries that don’t allow teens to earn a driver’s license until 18, the death and car accident rates for teens in the United States are higher. Therefore, the age for earning a driver’s license should be raised to 18 for the safety of teens whose brains aren’t fully developed which impairs their judgment and that leads to significantly more accident and deaths.

To save more citizens’ lives, governments should raise the age for earning driver’s license to 18. One of the reasons why teens earn their driver’s license at the age of sixteen is to drive to work. Transportation is not always available in all areas, such as Maine. For example, it’s rare to see buses dropping people off in Falmouth. However, driving a car in the age of sixteen can be dangerous for teens. Teens are more likely to have car accidents than adults: “In fact, per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are nearly three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash” (“Teen drivers”). Also teens are more likely to have more than one accident because of the lack of their experience and undeveloped brain. The writer in the article “The Accident” shows how teens can be killed because of the lack of their experience by a big car accident that caused death to a high school student. After the car accident, he shows the reflection of teens on the accident and how they act irresponsibly: “There were those who disavowed the accident entirely, while others, like me, stupidly went looking for a second accident, to re-enact—or atone forthe first” “The Accident”. The article “The Accident” talked about a car accident that killed and injured a group of high school students. “The Accident” shows that teens are more likely to be involved in more accidents until they reach the age of 18 when they will be capable of using better judgement. There are countries in the Middle East, such as Syria and Egypt that make teens wait until they turn eighteen to drive, which reduces the number of car accidents. Therefore, the only way to bring down the the accident rate in the United States is to prevent teens from driving. In other words, teens are reputably to be more dangerous drivers than adults and that’s why they should not drive for their and innocent people’s safeties.

Teens are more likely to be in a fatal crash than adults because of their brain development. The article Teen Brains talks about why teens should not be driving cars for their safety. “It turns out that the links are built starting in the back of the brain, and the frontal lobes are one of the last regions to get connected. They are not fully myelinated until people are in their twenties” (Kolbert). In other words, this shows that teens’ brain will not be matured until they reach the age of eighteen and that can affect their judgments in driving.  The article talks about teen brains and explains that brains in adolescence are not fully developed, which causes teens to do irresponsible actions, such as texting while driving. In other words, the article shows that teens should not be behind the wheel because their brains will not be fully developed until they turn twenty. “Nothing—whether it’s being with your friends, having sex, licking an ice-cream cone, zipping along in a convertible on a warm summer evening, hearing your favorite music—will ever feel as good as it did when you were a teenager” (Kolbert). In addition, science in this article shows that teenagers  have more pleasure to experience different kinds of actions that sometimes can be dangerous than adults because their brains aren’t fully developed. For example, some teens  speed up while they’re driving or do illegal actions, such as drinking before driving. Clearly, Teen Brains supports the claim why the U.S. government should raise the driving age to eighteen, which is because their brain will not be fully developed.

In conclusion, to make a better life for future generations and save more citizens’ lives, the US. government should raise the age for earning a driver’s license to 18. There are lots of reasons why the US government should do that and one of them is because teens’ brain do not become fully developed until the late of the age of 18. The other reason is because the majority of accidents in the United States are made by teens and the government should think about the safety of teens who will run  the country and make it better in the future.