Number Of Teenage Drivers Declining Thanks To Texting And The Internet
As much as I love the internet, I’m not sure I ever would have let it get in the way of obtaining my license to drive, but apparently that’s what a lot of kids are doing these days postponing driving because they feel it gets in the way of their texting and Facebooking.
In 1983, a third of all licensed drivers in the United States were under age 30. Today, only about 22 percent of drivers are twentysomethings or teenagers. Further, more than half of all drivers in 1983 were under age 40, but today that number has fallen to less than 40 percent.
“It is possible that the availability of virtual contact through electronic means reduces the need for actual contact among young people,” said UMTRI research professor Michael Sivak. “Furthermore, some young people feel that driving interferes with texting and other electronic communication.”
This correlates to trend in state policy making it more difficult for younger driver’s to obtain a license, which I think is a more likely cause of this decline than Facebook and texting. This also correlates to a national trend toward safer roads, though that trend predates this decline in youth driving by several decades.Tags: teen driving