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    Less congestion, less accidents, less pollution.

    Potentially, this will leader to public sector jobs such as bus drivers and taxi drivers gaining a surge of employment as there will be higher demand for their services, since younger people will not be able to drive their own cars until they hit 21.

    I imagine if you eradicate all people under 21 from the roads, then the roads would be a much nicer place.

    Plus, you have the 'green' benefits, of encouraging people to ride bicycles to school and work.
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    trick question, there are no benefits
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    (Original post by Isambard Kingdom Brunel)
    Less congestion, less accidents, less pollution.

    Potentially, this will leader to public sector jobs such as bus drivers and taxi drivers gaining a surge of employment as there will be higher demand for their services, since younger people will not be able to drive their own cars until they hit 21.

    I imagine if you eradicate all people under 21 from the roads, then the roads would be a much nicer place.

    Plus, you have the 'green' benefits, of encouraging people to ride bicycles to school and work.
    Limit options for people to work.
    Negative effect on the economy.
    Continued level of pollution, accidedents etc.
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    This is actually a great idea.

    Some statistics:
    -An 18-year-old driver is more than three times as likely to be involved in a crash as a 48 year-old
    -One in five new drivers has a crash within six months of passing their test

    The safety benefits are huge already.

    (Original post by MatureStudent36)
    Limit options for people to work.
    Negative effect on the economy.
    Continued level of pollution, accidedents etc.
    No idea how you reached this conclusion. Less cars on the road = less pollution. The statistics I just mentioned should be enough to change your mind about accidents.

    You do make a valid point point about the economy though; however, running a car entails vast costs especially for first time drivers. By raising the driving age less money will be spent on pointless sectors of the economy like insurance, therefore more money will be spent on other areas stimulating the economy.
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    No, you just push the problem back to third year uni students rather than second year college students.
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    (Original post by Hgat)
    This is actually a great idea.

    Some statistics:
    -An 18-year-old driver is more than three times as likely to be involved in a crash as a 48 year-old
    -One in five new drivers has a crash within six months of passing their test

    The safety benefits are huge already.
    Would this really solve those problems? Or would it then just be 21-22 year old drivers that would be 3 times as likely to crash as a 48 year old? And of course regardless of age, they would still be new drivers. You're just making the assumption that those statistics are down to age, when they are probably more closely related to the amount of driving experience.
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    (Original post by Psyk)
    Would this really solve those problems? Or would it then just be 21-22 year old drivers that would be 3 times as likely to crash as a 48 year old? And of course regardless of age, they would still be new drivers. You're just making the assumption that those statistics are down to age, when they are probably more closely related to the amount of driving experience.
    Yes this is partly true. Although many drivers at 17/18 are fairly wreckless, or just excited at the prospect of driving. By 21 most people would be a bit more sensible.
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    (Original post by Hgat)
    Yes this is partly true. Although many drivers at 17/18 are fairly wreckless, or just excited at the prospect of driving. By 21 most people would be a bit more sensible.
    Are you just assuming that? Or is there some evidence to back it up?

    Even people who learn to drive at 21 now aren't going to be as excited, and therefore potentially reckless, as 17/18 year olds who have just learnt to drive. Because if they were that excited about driving, they would have learnt before that.

    But if you move the age to 21, then all of those people who are eager to start driving will just have to wait until then. And for all we know, they might be just as dangerous as they would have been if they learnt at 17.
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    No benefits at all...... I bloody want to get my license and can't!!!!
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    Well no, you're just pushing problems back by 3 years....
    The reason an 18 year old would crash is lack of experience, really.
    And a 21 year old isn't necessarily more mature than a 17 year old.
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    Well it would lead to social immobility. Think of all the 17-21 year olds that don't live near a big town, who don't have good regular access to public transport, they would have no way of getting around to get to jobs, spend more money in bigger towns etc.

    Although when i was 17 i remember sixth form friends who thought they owned the world and didnt make mature decisions. I know there are some silly 21 year olds who still won't make wise decisions, but a 17 year old has more time in holidays and such like to drive around for pleasure/out of boredom, than a 21 year old who is most likely to be in regular employment and will be focusing on getting to and from work and running errands.
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    there are no benefits
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    to be honest, ******** drivers that i've caught a glimpse of are all middle aged!
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    Brilliant idea, make it even more difficult for the young to get employment

    Older drivers are more of a danger, they're slower to react (more accidents), they drive more slowly (more congestion) and are only going to get worse as time goes by. Compare that to young drivers, where whatever their faults may be, they are only going to improve with practice. The older you start driving the more responsible you'll be, but you're going to be shaky when you start driving whatever your age.
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    (Original post by Hgat)
    This is actually a great idea.

    Some statistics:
    -An 18-year-old driver is more than three times as likely to be involved in a crash as a 48 year-old
    -One in five new drivers has a crash within six months of passing their test

    What about comparing 18 year-olds to 21 year-olds? Would make your argument better​IMO.
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    (Original post by LSeeber1)
    What about comparing 18 year-olds to 21 year-olds? Would make your argument better​IMO.
    And it should be comparing 18 year olds who have recently passed their test to 21 year olds who have also recently passed their test. Although as I explained in an earlier post, even that wouldn't give you the whole picture, as it's possible the people who are potentially dangerous drivers are the ones who will learn as early as they possibly can.
 
 
 
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