Why is 18 the legal age to start driving?

Why is 18 the legal age to start driving? When I started driving I was 15 years old. Back then, I was able to help my parents out and bring my younger siblings to activities and school functions when they weren't able to. It would certainly be helpful if my son could do the same. Why are they making kids wait longer now?

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“The appropriate age for a fully licensed driver has been up for debate for years and now many states are starting to air on the side of caution. Some states have pushed the age for a fully unrestricted license to 18 and others to 17.
Only a handful of states allow 16-year olds to be fully licensed and even fewer have the option for a farmer’s license or hardship license for minors.
The primary thinking behind these changes is that children under the age of 18 don’t have as much maturity and impulse control that is needed to be a responsible driver.
Statistically, the fatality rate of drivers ages 18-19 is about half of that it is for drivers 16-14.
Some arguments for pushing the age limits to 18 are the exact same for why many parents wish it was still 16: to help out with the hectic life of shuttling children back and forth.
Younger siblings can be loud and distracting. They don’t always listen to the older children as well as they do their parents and this leads to a very stressful situation for a new driver. It is easy to forget that a car is a dangerous machine and inexperienced operators should not be in charge of little lives in this manner.
In states where the driving age has been raised to 18, most young drivers are getting about two years of driving experience before they hit the road solo.
Insuring young drivers can be expensive. To help you find the best rate for your teen, try using the free Jerry app. Jerry collects auto and home quotes from over 50 companies and brings the lowest available rates right to your phone.”
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Shannon Martin
Answered on Jul 27, 2021
Shannon is an expert in personal lines liability insurance with 13 + years of insurance industry experience. She also served as a special insurance liaison to AARP members for 6 of those years. She is a graduate of UL Lafayette and currently resides in NY with her family. Shannon is also an amateur juggler, ukulele player, and is a time travel paradox theory enthusiast.
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