Posted by Nick Holland on September 23, 1998 at 13:50:10:
In Reply to: Re: New driving age at 18? posted by Common Right Group on April 28, 1998 at 08:23:54:
: : The driving age whether it is changed or not is going to still produce the same statistics on accidents. Driving comes with experience and the only reason the 16 year olds get into more accidents is because they are not experienced enough. If the driving age was moved to 18, there would still be the same amount of accidents that there is now. Like I said, driving comes with experience. The kids that are 18 are going to have the same experiences as the kids that are 16 have now. I hope you understand what I'm saying.
: Yup. Probably. If the States wnated to promote safety on th highways, they'd simply take a page (or a dozen) out of the F.A.R. Part 41 governing flight training schools and curriculum.
: If diriving instruction and licensing were conducted in the same manner and with the same seriousness as flight training for pilots, there wouldn't be a problem. Oh yes, there would still be problems, but not what we are discussing, or what the States are ranting about.
: These fenceposts know that. But now the insurance industry would be unable to justify high premiums, the states would lose "violator" revenue, and ERs in local hospitals would lose business. Also, think of the loss to the towing companies, wrecking yards, body shops, and all such stuff.
: Can we state this with any experience? Yup. When our main principal learned to fly, his driving record went from so-so to totally clear almost magically. He says the whole attitude and alertness factors changed almost completely.
: As an old football coach once said, "Attitude isn't everything, it's the ONLY thing."
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