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Teens delaying driving to avoid car-ownership costs

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  • metamoracoug metamora, IL
    July 13, 2013 6:31 a.m.

    This is a good trend. Wisely, most countries of the world do not allow 16 & 17 year olds to drive. Neurologically, it is a wise choice. The human brain does not reach maturity until the mid-thirties and the last portion to mature is the frontal lobe -- the seat of judgement. While many may blame teen driving accidents on inexperience, in most cases it is poor judgement & bad decision-making. Thus, putting off learning to drive for even two years -- 18 rather than 16 -- could make a huge difference in the number of accidents and fatalities, as well as the overall cost of auto insurance.