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Puddle Jumper
12-14-2005, 06:14 AM
How old were you when you got your driver's license and what do you think should be the minimum age to get a driver's license?

I was 14 so I think 14 is a good minimum age.

reph
12-14-2005, 06:18 AM
I was 24, but that doesn't lead me to conclude that 24 is a good minimum age.

William Haskins
12-14-2005, 06:19 AM
15

scfirenice
12-14-2005, 06:27 AM
I was 15. I think that you shouldn't be eligible for PERMANENT license until at least 17 or 18. Or better yet, you GRADUATE highschool. Kids have too much money and time on their hands and spend it driving like lunatics on the roads I have my kid on. Maryland is working on a law where teens can get their pemit at 15 but that's it until 17 and teens can't ride in cars together until that time. Research show teens with other teens in the car are many times more likely to crash.

Okay all you teens out there....sic me.

ANNIE
12-14-2005, 06:30 AM
17

I had an older brother and an older sister that burnt my dad out!

rhymegirl
12-14-2005, 06:32 AM
I got my license when I was 25. That's cuz I was a scaredy cat.

I'd say maybe 18 would be a good age.

Maryn
12-14-2005, 06:33 AM
I was 20 and about to graduate from college when I realized there was something I'd forgotten to learn... I didn't have a car and could walk to everything I wanted to reach, but wasn't planning to live that way forever.

After taking two teenagers through it, and watching their heart-stopping beginners' errors and one tragic accident from which there will be no complete recovery for everyone involved, I'm inclined to think that later than the typical 16 might be wise, unless there's provable hardship resolved by licensing younger. I do like my state's restrictions on daylight vs. night driving for beginners.

Maryn

writerterri
12-14-2005, 06:36 AM
15 when I started driving. 18 when I get my license, but don't tell.

My-Immortal
12-14-2005, 06:38 AM
16.

And as soon as I did, my parent's insurance jumped up and I had to go get a part time job just so I could pay the difference....nothing like working to pay for insurance on a car that you rarely got to drive.

Now that I'm older, (and as my wife likes to tell me - turning into a cranky old man...even though I'm in my 30s - lol) I think it should be raised to 18.

Oh, and here's something I hate (should add this to the HOH)... I hate seeing teenagers out on the road driving Hummers, BMWs, Jaguars, Corvettes etc...that's just wrong! They should have to drive beat-up station wagons and crapmobiles until they're at least out of high school!

Take care all -

emerald dragonfly
12-14-2005, 07:09 AM
I was 16; got my permit at 15. What age is a good age to drive???I think it depends on the person who will be driving. But I think the youngest age should be 16. You can learn as you go.

My husband is a terrible driver and he's 50!!!!! LOL!!! He has a "backing up" problem. He says "he didn't see it there.' LOL!!!

MadScientistMatt
12-14-2005, 07:16 AM
17 when I got my full license.

The trouble is, a driver really needs experience with driving to become a good driver. It seems reasonable to me to require a certain amount of supervised driving or other limited privaleges before a driver can have a full license.

BradyH1861
12-14-2005, 07:19 AM
Started driving at age 13

Permit at Age 15
Regular License at age 16

How old SHOULD you be?

No younger than 25. :Shrug:


Brady

DamaNegra
12-14-2005, 08:24 AM
I'm 16, and I can technically get a permit right now, but my parents won't let me. I understand them, I cause quite a lot of accidents on my feet. Plus, I don't feel responsible enough.

Anyway, here in Mexico you can get a permit from age 15, but the car insurance doesn't cover teenage accidents, so it's not a good idea to get the permit. Legal age to get a driver's licence is 18, and that's when I'm going to be getting mine :)

Jo
12-14-2005, 08:46 AM
I was 16 (legal age in Australia) when I got my provisional license (P-plates - e.g. restrictions on maximum speed and blood alcohol content) and my full license a year later. Since *way back then* the provisional restriction time has been extended to two years or until you're 19 (whichever is longest), as well as the learners period (L-plates - was minimum of 3 months, now I think it's 6 months with, among other things, a minimum logbook entry of 10 hours night driving experience).

On a side note, Australia's legal drinking age is 18... You can imagine the road carnage of newbie drivers experimenting with alcohol (binge drinking is rife).

As for minimum license age... ah, well, if you want to drive, you have to learn sometime. It's a matter of maturity, though - and who can put an age on that?

DamaNegra
12-14-2005, 09:29 AM
In Mexico the drinking age is 18 and the legal age to get a permit is 15. Still, you see 13-year olds driving drunk in the streets. It's great to see the path our youth is taking (lol!!!!!! I sound like an adult!!!!!!)

Lantern Jack
12-14-2005, 10:08 AM
19, and it took me five tries to get it, even though I was only required to drive around the block. That was in the DMV at Columbia, Tennessee (Mule Capital of the World), the most lenient DMV in the South. Mexican border-jumpers actually ride hundreds of miles, illegally, packed into musty, mucky pick-up trucks, 15 apiece, just to go to this particular DMV, and I still flunked out!!!

My-Immortal
12-14-2005, 10:16 AM
19, and it took me five tries to get it, even though I was only required to drive around the block. That was in the DMV at Columbia, Tennessee (Mule Capital of the World), the most lenient DMV in the South. Mexican border-jumpers actually ride hundreds of miles, illegally, packed into musty, mucky pick-up trucks, 15 apiece, just to go to this particular DMV, and I still flunked out!!!

Are you trying to brag? :) Cause if you are, you really suck at it. LOL

Take it easy -

Lantern Jack
12-14-2005, 10:27 AM
Are you trying to brag? :) Cause if you are, you really suck at it. LOL

Take it easy -

Fine, just for that, I won't tell you about my magical British drive down American highways. I made my dad scream like a girl:

Get out of the left lane, you jackass, before you kill us all!

Hee, hee.

Memories, memories.

My-Immortal
12-14-2005, 10:30 AM
Fine, just for that, I won't tell you about my magical British drive down American highways. I made my dad scream like a girl:

Get out of the left lane, you jackass, before you kill us all!

Hee, hee.

Memories, memories.

Oh wells. I'll find a way to somehow survive... :)

By the way - I hope you realize I was kidding around....

Take it easy...

Lantern Jack
12-14-2005, 10:32 AM
Oh wells. I'll find a way to somehow survive... :)

By the way - I hope you realize I was kidding around....

Take it easy...

Yes, hence my equally-ironic and amusing (at least, in my warped mind) response.

I'm still laughing. I know it's not funny. We almost died. Still...

That's the fifth stop sign you ran, you jackass!

Dad, stop grabbing at the wheel! You're gonna make me crash!

We...are going...to die!

My-Immortal
12-14-2005, 10:42 AM
Ever get a 1979 Lincoln Continental Town Car airborn? That's pretty fun too. Landing it was fun (had enormous air shocks).

My dad was curious how fast it would go - we finished a mile in about 26 seconds (not starting at zero geez, it wasn't THAT fast). It seemed like it wanted to go faster, but my dad thought that was fast enough.

Of course, that was in the middle of no where in some unknown state and many, many years ago....

walking away quietly whistling... :)

Lantern Jack
12-14-2005, 10:46 AM
Ever get a 1979 Lincoln Continental Town Car airborn? That's pretty fun too. Landing it was fun (had enormous air shocks).

My dad was curious how fast it would go - we finished a mile in about 26 seconds (not starting at zero geez, it wasn't THAT fast). It seemed like it wanted to go faster, but my dad thought that was fast enough.

Of course, that was in the middle of no where in some unknown state and many, many years ago....

walking away quietly whistling... :)

It's fun to make parents almost wet themselves. And cry like babies. I'm almost 26 and I still make my parents do that on a daily basis, although now they wait until they're in bed and I'm out of earshot (or so they think).

But just they wait!

I'll show them what 1 black sheep can do!

Carole
12-14-2005, 02:44 PM
I was 17. It's sad, I know. My sister had to make me go because I had no desire.

I learned to drive and took my test...including parallel parking, in a blue 1972 Buick station wagon. When you learn to drive in West Virginia - arguably the worst roads in the nation - in a car THAT big, you can pretty much drive anywhere.

Does anyone have to parallel park to get their license anymore? My boys don't have to.

Oh, I forgot. When I moved to Florida I let my license expire (accidentally) and a friend had to take me down to get a new one. She drove a little BMW. It was a stick. The gears were backward, but she didn't tell me that. I figured it out when the lady cop got in the car with me and I had to sit there playing with the gear shift to find out which one was which. Lucky she didn't fail me.

Mike Coombes
12-14-2005, 03:49 PM
You can't drive in the UK until you're 17.

I'd say 30 would be a good minimum. Maybe even 40.

brokenfingers
12-14-2005, 04:55 PM
First started driving? 14

Actually I "stole" my mother's car when I was 8. She'd drove to my grandmother's house and let me sit in the front seat for the first time. I imitated her as she drove the whole way. She thought it was "cute."

When she got to my grandmother's house (in the Bronx) she left me outside to wait in the car. I didn't think anything was wrong for me to take it for a spin so I shimmied over and drove it around the block.

She still tells the story to this day about how she came out of my Grandma's place only to discover that the car and her son were both gone and how she went into hysterics until she saw me turn the corner, pull up and wave for her to get in the passenger seat.

First got my license? 22

Didn't really have a need until then (though I did own a '78 Trans-Am and drove it frequently.) Living in NY, I didn't drive that much and after that I was in the Marines and didn't want to get my license until I got back to NY.

First lost my license? 23

It seems I have an addiction to speed.

aadams73
12-14-2005, 05:01 PM
17. And I think a license should be like alcohol: not before you're 21.

Maryn
12-14-2005, 05:18 PM
Does anyone have to parallel park to get their license anymore? My boys don't have to.You do in New York state. Mercifully, they don't demand a road test of licensed drivers from other states. Whew!

Maryn, whose son parallels very well

Perks
12-14-2005, 05:39 PM
I was twenty-four, but as a city child, I didn't really need it. I didn't want to bother with a license until I could afford to own a car.

aka eraser
12-14-2005, 08:15 PM
Uh-oh. Looks like I'm not gonna have much company.

I was 30 when I got my license. I never had any money for gas and insurance, nevermind a car. I hitchhiked and walked everywhere.

At least I knew my girlfriends didn't love me for my car. :)

Bufty
12-14-2005, 08:22 PM
Not really connected to the question but....

Couple of years ago I was driving my mother to the hospital and stupidly decided my Jaguar would pass a parked bus before an oncoming bus reached it. Wrong! I pinged both my wing-mirrors!

My dear mother said nothing - she was half-blind, thank goodness. Sorry, mum.

Jaycinth
12-14-2005, 08:35 PM
Almost 18. But I had been driving since I was 16 1/2. I never got pulled over.

Sarita
12-14-2005, 09:33 PM
16. I took the test in this kind of car (http://www.virtualcartour.com/class/media/ci4564cm19890.jpg). It was so huge, I think the officer had mercy on my soul.

MadScientistMatt
12-14-2005, 10:20 PM
Reminds me of one of my friends in high school who took the test in a Cadillac that was about 23 feet long. He had to slalom it through cones spaced 25 feet apart. Yikes!

Lantern Jack
12-14-2005, 10:28 PM
First started driving? 14

Actually I "stole" my mother's car when I was 8. She'd drove to my grandmother's house and let me sit in the front seat for the first time. I imitated her as she drove the whole way. She thought it was "cute."

When she got to my grandmother's house (in the Bronx) she left me outside to wait in the car. I didn't think anything was wrong for me to take it for a spin so I shimmied over and drove it around the block.

She still tells the story to this day about how she came out of my Grandma's place only to discover that the car and her son were both gone and how she went into hysterics until she saw me turn the corner, pull up and wave for her to get in the passenger seat.

First got my license? 22

Didn't really have a need until then (though I did own a '78 Trans-Am and drove it frequently.) Living in NY, I didn't drive that much and after that I was in the Marines and didn't want to get my license until I got back to NY.

First lost my license? 23

It seems I have an addiction to speed.

Mine's funnier, because it's more pathetic.

Royale With Cheese
12-14-2005, 10:38 PM
I was 16. But I think the driving age should be more like 18. I used to do some crazy stuff in my car.

DamaNegra
12-14-2005, 10:49 PM
It also depends on the need for a car. Where I live, it's crazy to try and walk anywhere, distances are huge! It's a 20-minute drive from my house to my school without traffic (with traffic, it can take up to 40 minutes), so yeah it's kind of far away. Public transportation is crap, and I've known people who've gotten raped at buses.

And let's face it: parents are lazy. They don't want to be driving their kids around (one of my friend's mother got angry at my friend because she had to take my friend every day to school at 7 instead of a later hour). So what do they do? Give their kids a car. I know it's wrong, but there are other cases where both parents work and the kid can't get around or do school projects or such because no one can drive him.

And I know friends who are 16 and drive even better than my parents, and who never drink and drive. I know friends who are of legal age to have their licences (18) and drive so bad I close my eyes and wait for it to be over. I know adults, with loads of driving experience, who drive like lunatics.

So I guess there is a need for a more rigorous driving exam, rather than a later age limit (16 is good for a start, some people start maturing at that age).

three seven
12-14-2005, 11:00 PM
I think the youngest age should be 16. You can learn as you go.As long as you tell me when you're going to be on the road, so I can get off it.

I learned to drive on abandoned WWII air bases when I was about 13, but I never did it on a public road until my 17th birthday (the legal age). And then it was ages before I got lessons and I failed my first test because I joined a roundabout without stopping to see if anything was coming, even though it was blocked by a line of traffic in the other lane that made it physically impossible for there to be anything coming. Examiner was quite obviously blind and stupid.

Anyway, I think I'd turned 19 by the time I bothered to take it again.

three seven
12-15-2005, 12:04 AM
Incidentally...
Ever get a 1979 Lincoln Continental Town Car airborn?Sadly not, but I have flown one of these...

http://www.acrobat-rental.co.uk/Vehicles/ForSale/Current/r948ulb/EF04NXCosr.JPG

85mph, quarter-full, raised culvert off the A1092. Flight was fun. Landing wasn't.

TemlynWriting
12-15-2005, 12:10 AM
Incidentally...Sadly not, but I have flown one of these...

85mph, quarter-full, raised culvert off the A1092. Flight was fun. Landing wasn't.
Ouch!!! That looks to have been quite painful!

three seven
12-15-2005, 12:11 AM
It didn't hurt, it just went all spazzy and tried to jump in the river.

eldragon
12-15-2005, 12:16 AM
15. Even though my dad owned a car dealership, I had never been behind the wheel of a car until I was in driver's ed class. I didn't even know that you had to guide the wheel back after you turned. I went up a curb immediately.


It got easier after that, and at age 42, I have only been in one accident, and it wasn't my fault.


I realized a few weeks ago, when I took a precarious turn into a lane in which sped a large truck (I need to stop driving at night, I have no depth perception anymore,) that everytime someone gets killed in a car accident (about 40,000 times per year,) they probably say "OH SH_t!"

PeeDee
12-15-2005, 12:24 AM
I never bothered to get my liscence, my permit, or even bother with learning how to drive. My poor dad. He was so excited that he'd get to teach me to drive, I'd get my liscence, and....we'd get to talk about car things, I guess. :) He was disappointed, in a quiet sort of way.

It drives everyone I work with nuts, and has for years. Theories range from me being intensely paranoid of cars (nah) to in horrible accidents as a kid (nah) to just being weird (possibly). Mostly, I was just never interested. I like walking. I get more thinking done.

My sister got her liscence a year or so ago. She drove around, my dad was happy, finally having a child who did things properly.

...except, last week, she announced that she doesn't see what the big fuss is about, and she would rather not bother with the driving thing anymore.

My poor dad.... :)

WVWriterGirl
12-15-2005, 04:03 AM
I probably started driving up the driveway at age 3 or 4, on my mom or dad's lap (our driveway is about 1/4 mile long). At 6 or 7, I started driving up our "holler" (our "road", for you city-fied folk). It's about 2 miles or so from the main road to our driveway. I got my lerner's permit at 15, and began driving on my own at 16. My mom turned me loose, and I didn't have a single accident or cause any accidents. I did most of my driving with my boyfriend, who was a few years older than me.

Vanessa
12-15-2005, 04:12 AM
15

Carole
12-15-2005, 04:17 AM
16. I took the test in this kind of car (http://www.virtualcartour.com/class/media/ci4564cm19890.jpg). It was so huge, I think the officer had mercy on my soul.
At least was a little more stylish than this, which is what I drove. Ours was the classic shimmery light blue. ~laughing~
http://www.stationwagon.com/gallery/1972_Buick_SportWagon.html

Pat~
12-15-2005, 04:53 AM
I was 17, and the last one in my senior class to get a license :-( (I was young for my class). My 17-yr. old son is licensed, but I wish he weren't...

three seven
12-15-2005, 05:07 AM
At least was a little more stylish than this, which is what I drove. Ours was the classic shimmery light blue. ~laughing~
http://www.stationwagon.com/gallery/1972_Buick_SportWagon.html Nope, sorry, Carole wins that round.

Puddle Jumper
12-15-2005, 05:10 AM
Does anyone have to parallel park to get their license anymore? My boys don't have to.
I don't know about now but I had to and hated it. I don't think I've ever parallel parked in my life after driver's ed. I would think that would be something you should learn if you live in a location where you might possibly have to use it. But then teach it to all kids because who knows if they'll ever be in that kind of situation. Though I don't know if I remember how or not.

BradyH1861
12-15-2005, 06:37 AM
I found out that I didn't know how to parallel park when I tried to do it in a fire truck. Where I grew up, we had drivers ed, but we didn't have to go down and take an actual driving test to get our license. We drove with our driver's ed instructors during the course, but only for about 7 hours total. They gave us a form that said we could drive and on our 16th birthday we could go get the license. But I was driving long before that.

Brady

kathompson
12-15-2005, 08:39 AM
I was 16...my son was 14. North Dakota lets the little buggers on the road early.

In general, though, I think 16 is a good age. I'm not a huge fan of the movements to raise the age to 18...of improving driver's ed, sure, but not of raising the age.

blisswriter
12-16-2005, 12:39 PM
I was 27. I was afraid to drive and it wasn't necessary until I was 27. I lived in a city where public transit was pretty good and very convenient. I also had boyfriends/husbands/family/friends with cars, so getting to the mall and back only required me to make a phone call or two.


Minimum age... Hmmm... Well, after riding in a car with my son, I think minimum age to get a permit should be 25 or so. It should only be allowed after 5 consecutive years of practice on closed courses with other practicing drivers. There should be a system of points given and taken away, to encourage good driving habits.