Pennsylvania must lower driving age

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At the age of 16, Pennsylvania allows citizens to get their learners permits. After 50 hours of supervised driving by a licensed guardian over the age of 18, students can take their driver’s tests. If they fail the driver’s tests, they can retake the test in seven days with a $35 payment. Many other states have a lower driving age with fewer preliminary cautions. Pennsylvania should lower the permit  age to 15 so that people can have their license before their sixteenth birthday, and they can legally drive without a guardian.

     In the state of Idaho, citizens can get their learner’s permit at 14 and have their license at the age of 16. In Pennsylvania, citizens will not have their full license until they are 17. Idaho in 2012 had zero teenage driver fatalities, while in 2012 Pennsylvania had 6. Just because Pennsylvania citizens are one year older than Idaho drivers does not make them any better. This even shows that Idaho teenage drivers are better. Also if Pennsylvania citizens could get their permit on their fifteenth birthday then that would allow them to have more practice time.

     Teenagers have many responsibilities. Many students have after school commitments, such as; sports practice, band, doctor’s appointments and various other after school clubs. It would be a lot easier if students could drive themselves home rather than having their parents adjust their work schedule, because many times it isn’t possible for their schedules to be changed. Ninth graders especially have growing responsibility. Since this is their first year of high school, they gain many new responsibilities. Since the ninth graders are still considered high schoolers some practice with the high school; it can be hard to have to try and keep up with the tenth and eleventh graders because they all seem to be traveling together, while the ninth graders are in a completely separate building. If students could drive by their ninth grade year, it would be a lot easier to keep up with the other high schoolers.

     The state of Pennsylvania should lower the driving age, so that students can get their license by their sixteenth birthday. By the age of 15, people have matured and should be able to have the responsibility of driving. Many other states allow people to get their permit’s when they are fourteen or fifteen. If Pennsylvania would allow citizens to get their permits when they are fifteen then that could offer drivers more experience.