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(May 23, 2009 by JeZz Send DollMail )
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Iíve heard some interesting conversations over lunch tables these days. Of course, everything is always interesting when you gather large groups of young people together, but the one that made me stop and think dealt with driving.

Teens and Driving

Iím not sure I know a single teen who isnít interested in driving themselves around. Even if they arenít rushing out to get a license right away, they are interested in learning how to drive so that they can have what every teenager wants Ė freedom. I realize this plays out a bit differently in cities that have great public transportation, but for the rest of us, having a license to drive means we are no longer dependent on anyone to take us anywhere, although we might still be dependent on Mom and Dad to hand over the car keys.

The Energy Crisis

So, the first half of this particular discussion was the inalienable right for teens to drive. Of course there was discussion about the rumors regarding rising minimum ages for drivers licenses and driving school requirements, but it seemed to boil down to everyone desperately wanting to fire up a car and just drive.

Until someone asked if that was really the right thing to do, that is.

Teens are great about taking up causes. Young people are passionate and like to help out those we believe in. This table of friends I just happened to be listening to, okay eavesdropping on, are very ďgreen.Ē They want the world to be a better place, they want to use alternative energy, and they certainly donít want to cause additional pollution.

So in the way that friends do, one asked the others point blank: whatís more important Ė driving or helping the environment?

The Debate on Driving

It was interesting to see how it played out after that. Realize that in this area, public transportation isnít a great option, so a car is really the only way to go more than a few miles at a time.

Some decided they would go ahead and start driving, but drive only when they needed to Ė never just because they can.

Others decided they would ask for a smart car of some kind that used less energy and therefore wouldnít be so harmful. Iím not sure if this is a real plan since their parents might not be willing to buy them a new car when the family minivan will do.

Still others couldnít seem to decide. They wondered how much energy their one little car would really take and justified driving around town as better than all the other cars who sit in traffic every day.

But can you justify something like that? Is the three mile drive you make to school less pollution-worthy than three miles on the interstate somewhere?

What if teens didnít start to drive? What sort of impact would it really make? Would it be worth sacrificing freedom?

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Hartselle, AL
Posted On: June 2, 2010
I dislike driving. I hate it with a passion. i have never wanted to drive and dont want to even more so because i was forced to drive in drivers ed and now my mother wants me to drive for her when she wants something. so yeah....ive never been a fan of it
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Nashville, TN
Posted On: November 20, 2009 ex.php?act=idx

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Nashville, TN
Posted On: June 17, 2009

You know, I sort of agree. Though perhaps raise the driving age to 18 instead of 21.

I don't know about raising it much higher because of college. Kids won't be able to get around at all if they chose to go to an out-of-state one.
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Netherlands, The
Posted On: June 17, 2009
On a slightly different note; am I the only one who thinks 16 is a ridiculous driving age?

Especially when the drinking age in America is 21.

Operating a car takes a lot more responsibility than drinking alcohol, because it's more dangerous for the people around you than it is for you, unlike drinking, by which you (usually) only put yourself at risk.

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Nashville, TN
Posted On: June 15, 2009
I didn't get my liscense until I was 18, and even then I didn't REALLY drive until a few months ago (both statements were on my own accord, my twin was driving at 16). I think too many teenagers think of it as a right rather than a privaledge and I think that's wrong. I think it'd be better if they raised it to 18. Did I die because I wasn't driving? No. Did I still have a life and freedom? Yes.

Legally I was able to drive wherever I wanted. And even though I chose not to I was still given freedom. (Like going places I normally couldn't go, or riding with friends that I didn't use to be able to with).

I think "need-to" restrictions should be applied to teens. Do they have a job? Is school a non-walking distance away? Otherwise they're just destroying our air and making the roads more dangerous.
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Weirton, WV
Posted On: June 15, 2009
Honestly, in my town there is nowhere to go except the library and mall (which is in the next state). There's a couple stores within walking distance of my house that I could easily walk to to buy stuff for my mom that we need - eggs, milk, etc. - but she will refuse to let me because one, "I don't want you walking alone" and two, "There's nothing on sale."

One: I'm seventeen and can't drive.

Two: I'd rather WALK and spend a little extra on something than waste gas running to a store that's a little more than two blocks away from home.
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