Should the Driving Age Be Raised To 21?

Thanks to modern means of transportation, we can now meet people we would never have met, see more people more often, and conduct business with less cost with greater ease.

Previously, the driving age limit in parts of the US has been 16 years of age. However, some are contemplating the idea of raising the driving age to 21. This essay will give three reasons for why the enforcement of this idea would be ideological:

  1. Driving capability and trustworthiness is not a matter of age, it is a matter of experience and maturity.
  2. To raise the driving age to 21 would mean that new drivers would be the ones with the potential to use mind-altering substances.
  3. It puts young men and women trying to obtain a job or start a business at a disadvantage.

The first reason that the driving age should not be raised to 21 is that driving capability and trustworthiness is not a matter of age, it is a matter of experience and maturity.  It doesn’t matter how old you are.

The second reason that the driving age should not be raised to 21 is that new drivers would be the ones with the potential to use mind-altering substances. At age 21, they have full control on what and whether they drink, obtain drugs, and/or smoke. A driver of age 16 actually has the potential to be a safer driver due the fact that that driver cannot obtain those substances as easily.

The third reason that the driving age should not be raised to 21 is that it puts young men and women trying to obtain a job or start a business at a disadvantage. The younger generation will have to rely on their parents or friends who are older than 21 to take them to their jobs. Not wanting to go through the hassle, many will not bother and the economy will suffer as a result.

In conclusion, the driving age should not be raised to 21 because:

  1. Driving capability and trustworthiness is not a matter of age, it is a matter of experience and maturity.
  2. To raise the driving age to 21 would mean that new drivers would be the ones with the potential to use mind-altering substances.
  3. It puts young men and women trying to obtain a job or start a business at a disadvantage.

If you care about the economy, the safety of our roads, and the lives of the next generation, do not support the idea to raise the driving limit. Right now, please comment how you think we can prevent the government from enforcing this decision.

Thank you.

For you, my readers’ information, this was a persuasive essay assignment.

I showed great emotion in this essay; however, though I would like to hear your thoughts on how we can prevent the enforcement of such an idea, my conclusion was merely part of my assignment.

The call to action (action step) was also part of my essay, and it was supposed to make you start doing something about your newly acquired information.

188 thoughts on “Should the Driving Age Be Raised To 21?”

      1. Hmm, that 16 is fine to drive. That there are some responsible 16’s and + out there, that driving at that age is the road to independence, responsibility, and community. Like everything else, those who break the rules pay the price, but don’t generalize everyone and punish even the innocents by denying them these opportunities. Now I sound like I am venting just, sorry.

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  1. I definitely agree that the driving age should not be raised, really how safe a person drives is wholly dependent on their maturity level so I can see why some people would want to raise the driving age but I am 14 and already know how to drive, have known for years, so at this point I am just waiting to legally drive. By the way, long time no see, eh?

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  2. I completely agree with you. The driving limit should NOT be raised. It seems the people supporting this believe being 21 is the ideal number for being smart. I think that’s faulty logic because unfortunately, age doesn’t solve stupidity. I’ve almost been in more than one car accident because adults well above the age of 21 were being reckless.
    Also, the government really shouldn’t be given more control over people’s lives. I think the same goes for the drinking and smoking age that has been raised to 21. Parents should be the ones who decided when to allow their kids to drink and smoke until their 18! Just because you’re 21 doesn’t guarantee you’re going to be responsible. As parents, it’s your responsibility to teach your kids how to make wise and responsible choices and as children, it’s your responsibility to listen!

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      1. Freedom being accepted by our American government and much of society is now a thing of the past. I’ve noticed that many people claim they want “freedom” but don’t actually want the tremendous amount of responsibility that comes with it.
        It’s like: Yeah, dude, we have the freedom to eat ice cream! But don’t go trying to take away my right to eat ice cream just because YOU got fat when you over-ate yours.
        Your actions have consequences and I’m not responsible for anyone else’s but my own!

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      2. Yep.
        That’s really the thing, isn’t it? I mean obviously, those who desire control try to take freedom away, but your right: those who don’t want responsibility also DESIRE their freedoms to be taken away.
        And that’s where complacency creeps in, right?

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      3. Exactly!!! And us freedom lovers are heavily scrutinized by these lazy, immature people who don’t want to be responsible for their actions (unless it benefits them of course). And to think they call US selfish.
        Pfff… Classic example of point one finger and you have three fingers pointing right back at ya!

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      4. Exactly!! These lazy, immature people happily surrender their freedoms to evil control freaks because they don’t want to accept responsibility for their actions (unless it benefits them of course) and in turn expect others to do it. No, more like DEMAND other to do the same.
        No! Heck no. I will NEVER give up my freedom. I can actually moderate how much ice cream I eat, thank you very much.

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  3. @ SonofYHWH
    Have you been able to receive my last two comments? I sent my first reply and I didn’t see it show up in the comment section. So, I rewrote another one with a similar effect, posted it, and it still didn’t show up. I wonder if WordPress even likes my pro-freedom rants haha 😂

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