One question posed on social media has kick-started an intense discussion among people online. Is it weird to not have a driver’s license into your 20s? Well, that’s a question we aim to answer today. How important is it to get your driver’s license in your teens, and, is it possible to get away with never getting a driver’s license? Let’s take a look.
Getting Your License Early
Many teenagers are eager to get their driver’s license literally as soon as possible. There are a number of reasons for this, but, for most teens, it’s to get some freedom. After spending their childhood reliant on their parents, most teens are eager to get out into the world on their own. And there are a number of reasons this is a good thing for the teen in question.
For one thing, getting a good feel for operating a motor vehicle is very important for most Americans. In the vast majority of the country, you need a car to easily get around, even in your own town. While some cities have robust public transportation options, this isn’t the case for most cities in the country. You’re going to need to drive eventually, or else you’ll need to be asking family and friends for rides very often.
Learning the Lessons
Another reason it’s good to learn to drive early: you learn the hardest lessons earliest on. Every teenager who’s driven a car has had a bump, a ding, or an outright traffic accident. That’s unfortunate, but it’s part of learning to drive. No one is an ace wheelman the first time they turn the ignition.
Once you’ve learned those lessons, though, when you have your own money, your own job and your own home, you’re much less likely to get into accidents. And if there’s one thing the average 20-something can’t afford, it’s paying traffic tickets or covering expensive repairs for their cars.
Can You Not Have a License?
If you live in a major metropolitan area like New York City or Chicago, it’s possible you could live close enough to most things you’d like to travel to that you simply don’t need a car. However, this is far from the norm. Most cities in the US are built with the car in mind, and not having a license will make traveling inconvenient. The cost of that convenience varies greatly from person to person, of course, but, in general, you want to have your license as soon as you can. The test isn’t that tough, after all!