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Old 09-02-2015, 05:53 PM
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Wife and I were talking about niece. She is 17 and no desire to get learners, which she could have gotten at 15! I know I was there the day I turned 15. I said I think it has something to do with Internet and technology. They can text, email, or FaceTime friends. No need to be mobile anymore! Do you know any teens not motivated to drive? And why do you think this is? Seems I hear a lot of stories about teens not rushing to drive, seems odd to me!
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Old 09-02-2015, 05:57 PM
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My granddaughter. 17 and seems in no hurry. I just don't understand. I was chomping at the bit.
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Got a nephew that doesn't want one either... Just not interested at all. Think he just doesn't want to have to drive the younger kids around, but his brother is getting a license this year, so we'll see it he changes his mind once he's not the only one.
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My oldest waited until she was 17, my youngest got hers 4 days after her 16th birthday…

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My son just turned 15 and he has little interest.

I think part of it is because kids socialize online now, there's no need to go to the mall, get some Mickey D's, go to a movie theater, or hang out at an arcade. They get the same social feedback we got sitting alone in the comfort of their homes .

Another part of it is my fault. I didn't make him "earn" his keep when he was younger and now that he looks at the cost of a car, insurance, and gas he's a little overwhelmed. He can't get a job and he knows that birthday money isn't going to cut it so he's discouraged.

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Old 09-02-2015, 06:16 PM
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I was in no hurry to get my license and my grandson was in no hurry to get his. He waited about three months to get his, I did the same.
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I got my license the day I turned 16, and that was typical at the time. None of my three daughters were in a hurry, but my youngest, now 17, still has not taken the classes, etc. She just is in not in any hurry. Uber is very convenient and probably explains the lack of incentive. Other than that, and that they are girls, I can't understand the lack of desire for independence. Kids just don't seem to equate the ability to drive with independence.
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Originally Posted by Qb1rdman View Post
My son just turned 15 and he has little interest.

I think part of it is because kids socialize online now, there's no need to go to the mall, get some Mickey D's, go to a movie theater, or hang out at an arcade. They get the same social feedback we got sitting alone in the comfort of their homes .

Another part of it is my fault. I didn't make him "earn" his keep when he was younger and now that he looks at the cost of a car, insurance, and gas he's a little overwhelmed. He can't get a job and he knows that birthday money isn't going to cut it so he's discouraged.

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I got my license at 16, man that was one beautiful girl I wanted to go see.... Guess now the kids have FaceTime and do not really have the urge to get out of the house..
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Son dragged his feet until 15.5 to get restricted and now is almost 17 and doesn't have his full license yet.

I was at the DMV on my 16th birthday.

My theories... parents are much more willing to chauffeur due to the irrational belief that our world is extraordinarily dangerous, despite the fact that we are all much safer today - in terms of crime and likelihood of accidents, and IF we have an accident we are exponentially safer due to vehicle safety improvements - than we were in the 70's or 80's.

And, those irrational fears have been passed on to our kids.

And, the Internet and general awareness of every damned thing under the sun has made kids more aware and afraid of the dangers we were all blithely unaware of at 16...

And, there are so many other entertainment options available sitting on the couch connected to Wi-fi!
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Both mine got theirs on the precise moment of eligibility.

I know MANY kids that waited.
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Very normal for kids now, my oldest didn't get his restricted until 16, I forced him to get his liscense at 17. My youngest wants to drive at 14
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I have a 17 & 15 without one, just crazy to me
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I waited for about a month after I turned 16, and got my permit & license at the same time. Took the written test & then the driving test. Passed both and got my license.
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I was driving a scooter all over Miami/Tampa areas when I turned 14. As long as it was 5 hp or less, they were giving a scooter license with your learners permit back in the day. Waaaaay back..!

I haven't slowed down since. Always going somewhere.

I remember taking that scooter thru Miami from Hialeah (Carol City, new in the early 60's) out to Haulover pier to fish all day. Thank God that they had on site storage for my big Harnell and Penn 68. I doubt if a day went by that I didn't fish somewhere around that town..

Ahh yes, freedom!
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Give a 17 year old a choice - give up the phone or give up the keys - most will give up the keys.

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Oldest son got his permit shortly after turning 15 but had no interest in getting his license until his mother and I told him he was going to have to ride the bus to high school. That got him motivated! He had his permit so long he had to take the written test over again and barely passed it. Youngest son got his permit and drivers license as soon as he was eligible.
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Wow, that really puzzles me. I'm only about 10 or so years older than most of the kids y'all are talking about waiting. I can't imagine why any kid wouldn't want to get their license as soon as possible. I also remember when I took drivers ed, a kid in my class was 24 and had never driven Anything - lawn mower, go cart, nothing. I couldn't believe it.

I think the first thing I learned to drive was a four wheeler at around 6 and then a tractor, a farm truck, and my dad made me drive on the country roads when I was 12 or 13. I'll do the same with my kids, I think it made me at least a little bit of a better driver when I did get my license, the independence aspect of it was a little new, but the actual operation of a vehicle was very familiar.
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I had over 500 miles of driving experience before my first drivers ed class....my instructor noticed. Back in the day you could unscrew the odometer on your parents car.
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My nephew is out of highschool and texted me about buying a car. Showed him a few on CL that be ok. Got to talking and turns out he doesnt know even how to drive or have a learners permit yet. I think most depend on friends or family to drive them around, and well theres also Uber now. I think there was an article on autoblog not long ago about how millennials are using public transportation and less are driving their own.
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