Getting your Novice driver’s license is one of the biggest milestones in a teenager’s life. They are now able to drive wherever they want without having to stand for hours on end on the bus. Teenagers love being able to go places and hangout with their friends, but not being able to drive at 15 or being able to drive all their friends at 17 is very restricting. What if teenagers could get their learner’s license at 15 and get their Novice at 16? Not only would they get out more, but they would become more responsible for how much money they spend and overall become more prepared for the future.
Many people believe that teenagers are ill prepared for the future. They also believe that they’ll be unprepared for adulthood. Although that may be true in some respects, teenagers have great potential. If given the chance, they could be excellent drivers. They would also become more prepared for the future, such as learning how car insurance works and how to manage money. You may ask, won’t they learn how to do all that when they are 16, what’s the difference? Well, assuming that they will be going to college, they won’t have a good amount of time to learn and add on to their money management skills. If they get their driver's license when they are 15, they will have enough time to develop and strengthen those skills.
Though public transit is more affordable and eco friendly, it takes a long time to get anywhere. What a teenager loves best is to be able to get out of the house and spend quality time with their friends. But it’s hard to spontaneously meet up when public transit takes a long time to get where you need to go. Teenagers wouldn’t have to worry about public transit if they could drive themselves. Allowing teens to drive would let them be able to help a loved one in need. If there’s an emergency, they may have to drive out to help. Due to the driving age, they can’t do that. But if the driving age was lowered, teens wouldn’t have to feel helpless in a time of need. You may ask, couldn’t they just take public transit? Yes they could, but yet again, it would take too long. By the time they get to the location of the emergency, it might be too late. Overall, public transit is eco friendly and time consuming. Yet driving is less eco friendly and fast.
Yes, public transit is affordable and yes, a driver's license is important. But why do we have to wait so long to get our drivers license? In Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and in the Yukon you must be 14 to 15 years old to get your driver’s license. Why can’t that be the same for the rest of Canada? If we fight hard enough, you may be able to get your driver’s license at 15. A teenager’s greatest milestone is getting their driver’s license, why not allow them to get it at age 15?