If you have ever been in a car crash then you would be familiar with the sound of brakes grinding away and the sound glass shattering into a million pieces then you would also understand the horror of car crashes. The minimum age to obtain a driver’s license is 15 years old. According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in America the leading cause of teen deaths is motor vehicle crashes.
The government should change the minimum age to obtain a driver’s license from 15 to 18. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “The risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among 16-19-year-olds than any other age group.” There is also a great difference in maturity between 15-year-olds and 18-year-olds. One of the most important parts of driving is being able to maintain complete focus and not succumb to your peers that are attempting to make you show off for them. The lack of maturity in 15-year-old drivers causes this to be very difficult whereas 18-year-olds generally have more maturity and self-integrity to help make the right choice. The purpose of changing the age to obtain a driver’s license would be to decrease the number of immature irresponsible 15 and 16-year-old drivers with low experience causing crashes on U.S.A. roads and endangering the lives of other citizens.
There is an extreme amount of independency when you have completed your Drivers’ Ed course and have obtained your permit, but there is also an extreme amount of responsibility that arrives as well. Most teenagers get caught up in the fact that they have their license now that they totally throw all the rules and responsibilities out the window. This phenomenon is associated with the lack of maturity in teenagers. Changing the minimum age to receive your license would most definitely decrease the number of prideful 15-year-old drivers on the road.
One could argue that changing the age would not have that big of an effect on the safety of roads because no matter what age you are you would still have low experience when you begin driving. To rebuke the argument would be by the fact that even though 18-year-olds start with little experience as low as 15-year-olds; 18-year-olds are less distracted by trivial things, thus creating a faster rate of gaining more experience in 18-year-olds. As a 15-year-old that has almost obtained a permit, I can tell you that personally I am easily distracted while driving just by stores along the side of the road, what music is playing on the radio and how loud it is. 18-year-olds have a stronger sense of integrity. They can manage their attention on things that are crucial while driving such as the car in front of them.
Some 18-year-olds may not be fit to own a license just as 15-year-olds but based on how the brain of a 15-year-old functions in comparison to how an 18-year-old brain functions anyone can easily make the conclusion that 18-year-olds have a higher level of maturity and self-integrity. Another key part to driving is making decisions in a split second. A driver must be able to make up their mind on the spot and be confident with their decision. Any hesitation while behind the wheel can lead to dangerous things happening. 15-year-olds lack the self-confidence to stand by their decision that they have already made too late and ended up in a ditch. 18-year-olds can account for the self-confidence that 15-year-olds cannot. America needs to step up to the plate and make the decision that America need to stop endangering innocent citizens by letting 15-year-olds get behind the wheel and wreck other people. If the age changed then we could prevent young teenage lives from being taken by motor vehicle crashes.