It used to be that teenagers couldn’t wait to get their driver’s license, but the latest Triple A survey says only half of teens get a license by age 18.
Gail Weinholzer, with the Iowa/Minnesota Triple A, says instead of having novice 16 year old drivers, we have novice drivers at an older age who didn’t get the benefit of a graduating drivers license. She says cost was cited as the main reason for not getting a license.
“44 percent said they didn’t have a car, 36 percent said gas is too expensive, and 36 percent said overall that driving is expensive and that includes insurance and everything like that,” said Weinholzer.
She says these days teens have alternatives for getting around that don’t include driving. She says some states are considering expanding the age limitations on GDL programs.
Iowa Radio Network