What Are Some Arguments Against Raising the Driving Age to 18?

Raising the driving age from 16 to 18 has been debated by parents and lawmakers in the United States. Arguments against raising the driving age include safety, convenience to parents, no reduction in the chance of teens indulging in risky behavior and damage to the economy.

One of the arguments against raising the driving age is that kids will not be any more responsible, experienced or prepared for driving at 18. Raising the driving age would reduce the number of accidents 16-year-olds would otherwise cause, but it would only prolong them for two years as new drivers took the wheel with the same amount of limited experience at 18. At 16 years old, teenagers begin to have jobs, dates and other extra-curricular activities that they need to drive to. If the driving age was raised, this responsibility would fall to the parents. Because of the limited time parents have to chauffeur their children around, teenagers may be unable to take jobs that required a vehicle. This would cause issues for the local economy, possibly resulting in the reduction of local businesses, including fast food restaurants, retail stores and other typically low-paying jobs that are attractive to teenagers as they enter the workforce.