Today's Teens Say There’s No Reason To Get A Driver’s License Anymore

Submitted by: fancylad 1 month ago Lifestyle

There was a time when getting your driver's license was a milestone. I wasn't Jewish so my Bar Mitzvah was finally getting that piece of paper when was 16 that allowed me to drive solo -- a driver's license meant freedom.

Now, today's teens can't be bothered. "It's more time and effort than I want to put into something that won’t benefit me a lot right now," says Henry Stock, 16, and pictured above.

This is not an Onion article, IAB -- this is reality.
There are 14 comments:
Male 128
We wanted a license to be with friends and work but mostly friends. Now if you're under 18 you can't be with friends while driving. Also they are constantly connected to their friends now with their phone.
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Male 4,942
They would feel vastly different if they lived in an area with no Uber or bus service and cabs are EXTREMELY expensive like on the order of 30 dollars for a one way trip to get groceries
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Male 2,087
I have never regretted getting my driver's license. Next goal: my pilot's license.

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Male 529
squrlz4ever Is that so you can keep up with those snooty flying squirrels and sugar gliders?
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Male 2,087
faustsshadow  Exactly! Plus, I like travelling a lot and flying my own plane would sure beat standing in the security lines at Philadelphia International. (Officious TSA agent: "Can I check your nuts?" Me: "Is this really necessary?! I'm a squirrel, godammit!")  
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Male 1,195
The way I fell about it is one day he may need it and wont have it, it's just another lame excuse in many cases that it's to much trouble, study a book drive around with the parents a few times and take a simple test that the average monkey could pass. To much trouble my ass just another reason to say MOM I cant go to the store for you I don't have a license. I had to get one because my parents told me if I didn't get one they would stop toting my ass around. I still didn't get to drive a lot at first but there was the occasional go to the store or don't eat tonight. Saves them time and some times its just my responsibility as a member of the family. And don't rag on me I do know that some places you don't really have to have a license, my dads family is all form N.Y. City and many of the older generation didn't have licenses there hole life. 
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Female 9,453
casaledana Your lucky your parents did that for you. I begged my parents multiple times to help me get my license when I was a teen, but they were firm in saying no. 
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Male 208
It really depends where you are growing up. I grew up in Paris, where 1- public transportation is awesome and 2- traffic jams are intense, so I really grew up without the need for a car. Even after moving to Houston, I kept on biking to/from work until my wife got pregnant, which was when I had to get a license. My brother in law spent the past 15 years between NYC and London and still does not have a license at 35+ years old. Hell, my grandma in Paris never got one in her entire life!

But if you live in nowherecity South Dakota or in downtown NY/SF you won't see the need for a car the same way.

Plus, cars are expensive: to buy, to maintain, to insure, to fill up... You might want to spend your money elsewhere when you don't have a lot.
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Male 7,631
To each his own.  Might work in city and suburbs.  I can guarantee that the kids in rural America get their license the day they turn 16.  When the closest entertainment is tens of miles away, and taxi, uber and mass transit is non-existent, a driver's license is one of the first experiences of individuality.
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Female 9,453
I honestly don't need to drive where I am at now. I live walking distance from the local supermarket, Walgreens, and Target, along with a few restaurants. So I can see why certain people, including teens might not want or need to drive. 
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Male 3,430
even if i wanted to drive, i wouldnt be able to afford to buy a car. never mind the insurance and gas.
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Male 525
In my state they added a lot of restrictions to teenage drivers over the resent years and effectively took away any real incentive to get a license besides a job. The new restrictions include not being able to drive with other teenagers in the car without adult supervision. So the social possibilities of cruising with your buddies, carpooling to school, or a unsupervised date night is no longer possible.
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Male 4,029
The guy is 16, he's still in school, so I can understand. When I was in high school I used to ride my bike everywhere. Even in college it was more of a convenience then a necessity. But when I got a job that was 45 minutes away, my truck became hugely important. 
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Male 511
With self driving cars becoming a thing, fairly rapidly, I have to question if my daughter will ever even have a need to learn to drive and get a driver's license.  Not to mention things like Uber and whatnot.  Sometimes, I seriously question why I have one myself.  Between car payment, insurance, gas and general maintenance, I am not sure I wouldn't be money ahead just to Uber everywhere I go as it is.  10 years from now when it will be time for her to think about getting a learner's permit, will it even be necessary?
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