Teenagers Postpone Learning to Drive, and That’s Not Good
Travis Banks

More and more teenagers are putting the brakes on driving.

A study released in October echoed what other recent surveys have shown: fewer young people than ever before are getting their license. The latest research, by the Highway Loss Data Institute, puts the blame squarely on the sluggish economy. Other reports have suggested that the rise of virtual communications is the cause. Still others have found that teenagers are just too busy these days to learn to drive.

Whatever the reason, the trend is a real shame, at least as I see it. For my soon-to-be-16-year-old son, Nathaniel, who got his California learner’s permit over the summer, being behind the wheel has been transformational. Driving is helping him make the leap from a carefree kid to a responsible young man.

Read more: http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/11/04/teenagers-postpone-learning-to-drive-and-thats-not-good/?_r=0

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