Argumentative Essay: Should The Driving Age Be Decreased?

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Every teenager wants the freedom to go and do whatever they feel like doing. Independent activities let you have a lot of freedom but also liability. Most people develop differently, so there is no way to tell when they can take responsibilities on. The legal age to take the wheel is 16. Most teens are able to handle this, but what if they're not? What if this is not the right age? According to various experts, the driving age should be raised because of brain maturity and the safety of teens and their surroundings.
To start off, one reason the driving age should be heightened is because of brain capacity. As stated in“Is 16 Too Young to Drive a Car” by Robert Davis, the “16-year old's brain is far less developed than those of teens a little older.” The teen’s brain is not developed until a little farther into maturity. So, if a teen waits one or two years later, their brain will be much more mature and have the ability to process more information.Another example is from the article,“What the brain says about Maturity.” “Significant changes in brain anatomy and activity are still taking place during young adulthood, especially in prefrontal regions that are important for planning ahead, anticipating the future
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But no matter the experience or how much they have been taught teenagers have one problem, maturity. Stated in passage one, “the new brain research suggests that 17- or 18-year-old driver is considered safer than a new 16-year-old driver.” The drivers age extremely matters because of their maturity, when someone's brain is fully developed with still no experience is much better because of their emotions and reactions. 16-year-olds just aren't ready to take on the responsibilities of driving on the road with others that they could hurt or even
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