Majority of American Teens Delay Getting a Driver's License
Jim LiebeltJim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on HomeWord.com. Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Crosswalk.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
- 2013 Aug 02
A new study finds that the majority of American teens delay getting a driver’s license.
The research, which was conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, surveyed 1,039 respondents ages 18-20 from across the country, and the data shows that only 44 percent of teens had obtained a driver’s license within 12 months of the minimum age for licensing in their state.
Just over half (54 percent) became licensed drivers before their 18th birthday.
AAA says the data shows a significant drop from 20 years ago, when more than two-thirds of teens were licensed by the time they turned 18.
According to AAA, the reasons for this appear to be related to the rising cost of owning a carand buying gas. Thirty-nine percent of survey respondents said they could get around without a car, and 36 percent said gas and driving were too expensive. Thirty-five percent claimed they just hadn’t gotten “around to [getting a license].”