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There was a time when the teenage years, especially ages 16-20 are considered a ‘rite of passage’ for many individuals who want to apply for a driver’s license and formally drive the car as a licensed driver. It isn’t just teens that were excited to reach that defining age; even parents are excited and motivated as well to join their kids in this exciting time. And in an effort to sustain their interests, parents plan out the first car to give to their kids. Unfortunately, times have changed when it comes to teen interests when it comes to applying for a driver’s license. According to industry watchers, there’s a decrease in the number of teens who are applying for a driver’s license. In a study made by Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, there’s a significant drop of 16-year old drivers who applied for a driver’s license, from 63,215 in 2008 to just 61,452 in 2013. And in a research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it discovered that that percentage of high school seniors who applied for licenses dropped from 85 percent in 1996 to 73 percent in 2010. The trend is obvious- there’s a sustained drop in the number of teens who applied and plans to apply for a driver’s license. Although the prevailing norm is to skip the license during teenage years, it’s actually more advantageous to apply for a driver’s license, now. Here are reasons why your teens should be allowed to apply for a driver’s license.

1. Improved access to job opportunities

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Part-time job hunting is made easier and convenient if you are backed by a driver’s license even if you are a teen. There are a number of companies, retail stores and food-based businesses that are looking for dependable workers that can work for a part-time basis. For many of these establishments including fast-food chains with delivery networks, they welcome teens or college students who are looking for a part-time job especially if they have driving licenses to show. A worker with a driver’s license to show means that he’s a flexible member of the organization and can do a variety of tasks like delivering orders or helping improve logistics. Teen part-timers can perform dual roles, as staff inside the store or can serve as a business driver when necessary. In short, teens can increase their chances of being hired if they have a driver’s license to show off.

  • Martyna Kowalska

    Just after I turned 18 I bought one from fastidcard 😛 Obviously just a collector’s edition, although for some time it worked as an original one 🙂

  • Fu-Chan

    I just turned 16 and my parents are constantly pressuring me to get my license and go drive with them… I don’t know if this is some sort of nostalgic thing for them and I know they are excited for me but I have absolutely no interest in it. Why would I spend 6 months learning to do something that will end up costing me large amounts of money when I could just as well ride my bike and get anywhere in my town in under 10 minutes?

    • Pete Mullin

      Because there’s more to life than the 10 minute bike-ride bubble that you call life. But having a license doesn’t mean that you have to have a car. It’s about having access to the single most important mode of modern transportation that our economy has ever known. It’s about not having to rely on someone else to get somewhere when the weather is bad. Depending on where you live, job opportunities will dwindle or even evaporate if they know that you can only get to work on a bike.

      Also, your parents have been dreaming of this day because your coming of age is a light at the end of the tunnel of getting their lives back. I’m a parent of two, and I can’t even begin to tell you how much of my life that I have to sacrifice in order to accommodate where / when my children have to be. Take some initiative, and be a self-reliant / selfless person that can get themselves somewhere in the added self-security that won’t save you on a bike, and give your parents their lives back.

      • Fu-Chan

        oof. so basically my parents are simply waiting for me to get out of their lives? when you put it that way getting my license doesn’t sound half bad ;-; By the sounds of it, they must be dying for their selfish, small-minded child to get out of their lives so they can have some time for themselves.

        • Pete Mullin

          Pretty much.

          Look, I’m not saying that your parents don’t love you. But parents can also be pushy for these kinds of things for two reasons;

          1.) I already touched on the idea of your parents being able to think about their own lives once again, so I don’t want to risk triggering you once again by explaining that any further.

          2.) Tough love comes in many shades. You need this licence in order to help further guarantee your chances at getting through life on your own. Roll your eyes all you want at the thought of this, but I promise you that your parents are concerned about this.

          And even though I only mentioned two, there’s an underlying third reason; safety. You’re a lot safer in a car than you would be pedaling away on a bike at dusk in the rain. Modern automotive safety standards make sure of that. I know, because I’m in the business, and I have kids. People on bikes are virtually invisible in those conditions, and I’m not taking any chances.

          Even if my kids were at fault, I’d rather know that a vehicle airbag saved their lives, than to get a phone call from the morgue as they separate my dead kid from the remains of his bike after he got run over by an oblivious pizza delivery driver trying to make a deadline.

          All because he was too stubborn to learn how to drive? I don’t think so. Tough love demands that my kids gets their asses behind the wheel and learn how to protect themselves, and their futures.

          • Fu-Chan

            hmm yeah I suppose you are right… if you ride a bike like a complete idiot. I understand what you are trying to say about the whole “getting through life on your own” and being more self-reliant thing but the situations you describe about riding a bike versus driving a car are pretty far-fetched. You make it seem like when you ride a bike you are completely oblivious to everything that is going on around you. Sure there might be an accident if you are on a bike, but it might be safer than in a car because for one thing, you can simply pull off the road (or ride on the sidewalk like a normal person) or jump off your bike and get out of the way if you don’t have time to move the bike out of the way. The only way you could get in an accident on a bike is if you are riding in the road wearing headphones and sunglasses at night and you also would need the reaction time of a sloth. And by the way that whole thing I said above about my parents was just sarcasm. I didn’t know you seriously believed that XD

          • Pete Mullin

            I’m aware you were using sarcasm. I purposely was not in order to defeat what you still seem to think is a joke. Because, like many children with a single defensive point to prove, you’re still acting small minded. One of the first things you learn as you age, is that you don’t know much of anything. This epiphany typically strikes around age 30.

            I even feel like I’m typing to the teenaged version of myself right now, and simply wish that this younger me would listen.

            I too covered hundreds of miles on my bike as a teenager, so I know exactly where you’re coming from. Are you an cyclist with good situational awareness? Quite possibly. But is the car next to you? Is that bus aware of you? Even on a sidewalk?

            My point is that I can also cherry pick just as much incidental data to prove my point as you can, but I trust my own personal experience more than that.

            I’ve had my license since 1994, and have been driving professionally for the past dozen or more years.

            Prototype testing and development, autonomous programs, vehicle demonstrations… I also teach teen-defensive driving techniques as a side job to kids like yourself, and to their parents who have developed 20-30 years worth of bad driving habits.

            Ask your parents why they would be willing to pay the ridiculously high insurance premiums associated with allowing a teenager on their policy. Why is it so expensive? Is it worth it? Why do some insurance companies charge less for those who have sought after extra (and sometimes free) training?

            But despite all of my experiences on the road, and even race track, I’m still surprised by what can happen. I’m also humble enough to know that I don’t know everything.

            I hereby dare you to have your parents read this thread, and tell me that I’m wrong.

            But until that unlikely day, happy pedaling. I’m sure your loving parents won’t mind hauling you around for the next ten or so years.

          • Fu-Chan

            sounds good to me

          • ASS SAS

            You stupid DUMB cunt. We read your whole conversation… If you have the reaction time that it takes for you to passive-aggressively respond to a simple commenter, then I guess you are fine on the road. Your entire conversation was dumb, and the other guy (good-evening sir) was right and your your mom sucks my big fat dick! I hope you don’t take this as an insult, IT’S JUST SARCASM (since you’re so good at googling, search up the definition of sarcasm). I’LL REMIND YOU, DON’T TAKE THIS AS AN INSULT. It’s obviously just a joke, you piece of crap. We found your conversation funny, and this is totally passive agressive. I understand that “having access to the single most important mode of modern transportation that our economy has ever known” is important, that’s why I own a jet, which I park in my living room. Oh, and how fucking rich and spoiled are you to take a mother-fucking bike over a car you dumb, maybe fat idiot! I was driving monster trucks at half your age (this is a joke [this is not a joke] bitch). I hope you can “obviously, by the way tell that was just sarcasm. I didn’t know you seriously believed that.” Hope you answer in less than a day like a low-life like you did to the previous nice man, which was just nicely, and handsomely, stating his own opinion. (I hope you understand why we have to keep reminding you this is just a joke (you are a stupid dumb virgin slut) okay.)

            Unlike your parents, I love you (Not really! You just got pranked you pretentious asshole!) (I’m sorry… No i’m not! You just got pranked again you gullable bitch!)

            With lots of respect, admarition, and some other bullshit we don’t have for you,


          • Fu-Chan

            Thank you

          • Fu-Chan

            P.S. A quick google search helped me learn that there are only about 700-800 bicyclist deaths per year in the US which is about 0.0000023% chance that you will be killed while riding a bike :/ I get the whole paranoia but it’s a pretty rare event and most of cyclist x car accidents occur along the sides of busy streets but even then, only 29% of bicycle crashes are caused by cars and the majority have to do with the road/sidewalk condition, or the cyclist simply not paying attention to what they are doing… (whew. I get pretty defensive about my bike I guess. sorry for ranting)