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(Orlando Sentinel)   Fewer teenagers in Florida are hurrying out to get their driver's licenses, as they are terrified to share the road with elderly folks desperately searching for a farmer's market   ( orlandosentinel.com) divider line
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3290 clicks; posted to Main » on 26 Jan 2014 at 8:24 PM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2014-01-26 08:26:40 PM  
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And the article mentions how expensive it is.  The only way I was able to drive as a teenager was working and teenagers can't get jobs unless they have connections.
2014-01-26 08:57:36 PM  
2 votes:
The article omits another factor that could be discouraging teenagers: the increasingly onerous restrictions on driver's licenses for those under 18. I don't know offhand if Florida does this sort of thing, but in Illinois a driver under 18, for the first year of driving, is restricted to one passenger under 20 (except for immediate family). There is also a 10PM-6AM curfew Sunday-Thursday, with 11PM Friday and Saturday. There are plenty of other restrictions that weren't around when I was a teenager, as well. I'm sure that curbs the kids' enthusiasm for going out and getting a license, even if it does reduce the body count.
2014-01-26 08:31:52 PM  
2 votes:
One hour of minimum wage when I was a teenager bought 4 gallons of gas.
One hour of minimum wage today buys maybe 2 gallons of gas.

Good thing cars are twice as fuel-efficient now or I'd have a point. :)
2014-01-27 02:02:37 AM  
1 vote:

Ima4nic8or: The problem is that todays young folks are lazy-ass dead beats.  Cars have always been quite expensive but when I was 16, in the early 80s, I managed to cover my own gas plus still have plenty of money left over to buy beer and go on dates, etc..  I did this amazing thing that apparently none of todays young folks have heard of.  I went to work, about 10 hrs a day each Sat and Sun.  I also didn't expect to drive the newest car.  I had a well worn early 70s Pinto.  I realize all the snowflakes today expect to have a brand new 25k car but I settled for less.  The parents did help some by covering insurance and car repairs but to be honest I probably could have covered those too, even though I was only making $10/hr, if I did not spend so much on beer and pussy.

So, in other words, you were making what amounts to about $25 per hour in today's dollars, or about $50,000, at the age of 16?  Yeah, I call either bullshiat, you your head is in the sand.
2014-01-26 09:11:38 PM  
1 vote:
Learning to drive in Florida was terrifying. Between the old people driving really slow and the Cubans not following the signs it was like everyone on the road was trying to murder you. Top it off with learning on a stick and I'm amazed I survived.
2014-01-26 09:05:46 PM  
1 vote:

LoneWolf343: fusillade762: It's not just Florida. Most teens these days would prefer a smartphone over a car.

Smartphones are considerably cheaper, for a start.

Not to mention a smartphone is as important to ones social life as having a car was back in the day.
2014-01-26 08:41:50 PM  
1 vote:
From TFA: Three decades ago, nearly half of 16-year-olds had a drivers license, but by 2008 that number had dropped to fewer than a third

I would be real interested to know if these percentages have the same trend for teenage employment as well. If so, that could certainly help to explain the trend... no money to pay for it, but also no compelling reason to get a driver's license.
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