Today’s Teens Choose Not to Drive

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These days there doesn’t seem to be as many teenage drivers as there was in the past. And those who don’t even have a drivers license, yet were old enough to drive gave General Motors 8-reasons why they choose not to get one.

The eight reasons are:

  • Too busy or not enough time to get a driver’s license
  • Owning and maintaining a vehicle is too expensive
  • Able to get transportation from others
  • Prefer to bike or walk
  • Prefer to use public transportation
  • Concerned about how driving impacts the environment
  • Able to communicate and/or conduct business online instead
  • Disability/medical/vision problems

And 22% of the participants stated they never plan on getting one, while 69% said eventually down the line they would get their licenses.

When compared to those of the same age, those without driver’s license were less educated and more unemployed which suggest economics are a strong factor. The rising cost of both new and used vehicles may be a turn off for today’s generation.

Brent Wall, a driving school operator in Michigan, stated that the kids in his classes are a lot older than they were a decade ago. Many had to be ordered by their parents to learn to drive.

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s (CHOP) Center for Injury Research and Prevention and the University of Pennsylvania set up a 35-minute test which incorporated 22 of the most common ways teen drivers crash and about 43% of teen drivers who took the test and had their licenses for only 3 months or less, recorded at least one crash.

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Today’s Teens Choose Not to Drive

Photo via Flickr

These days there doesn’t seem to be as many teenage drivers as there was in the past. And those who don’t even have a drivers license, yet were old enough to drive gave General Motors 8-reasons why they choose not to get one.

The eight reasons are:

  • Too busy or not enough time to get a driver’s license
  • Owning and maintaining a vehicle is too expensive
  • Able to get transportation from others
  • Prefer to bike or walk
  • Prefer to use public transportation
  • Concerned about how driving impacts the environment
  • Able to communicate and/or conduct business online instead
  • Disability/medical/vision problems

And 22% of the participants stated they never plan on getting one, while 69% said eventually down the line they would get their licenses.

When compared to those of the same age, those without driver’s license were less educated and more unemployed which suggest economics are a strong factor. The rising cost of both new and used vehicles may be a turn off for today’s generation.

Brent Wall, a driving school operator in Michigan, stated that the kids in his classes are a lot older than they were a decade ago. Many had to be ordered by their parents to learn to drive.

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s (CHOP) Center for Injury Research and Prevention and the University of Pennsylvania set up a 35-minute test which incorporated 22 of the most common ways teen drivers crash and about 43% of teen drivers who took the test and had their licenses for only 3 months or less, recorded at least one crash.

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