A place for two of our editors to debate a chosen topic.
Question: Should the driving age be changed? (Korea)
While many teens in Korea will not find it necessary to own a car thanks to the convenient transportation system, they will at one point discover themselves in their parents’ car, getting a ride home. Having the ability to drive a car will not only give the parents a break, but also help teens gain independence. It will also be much more convenient for students who often travel to places that are isolated from the more populated areas. Students living in the countrysides, where there aren’t as many buses or other public transits, would especially benefit from the adjustment in legal driving age.
Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens. Regardless of the country, the teen driving age should be raised to at least 18 years old.
At age 16, teens are still immature. According to the brain researchers in the National Institute of Health, the executive branch of a teenage brain, which is the part that weighs risks, makes judgments, and controls impulsive behavior, is not fully developed until after the teen years. In countries such as America or Australia, the teen driving age is 16, and this has brought unpleasant consequences, such as 65 out of 1000 drivers who were involved in fatal/ injury crashes being the age 16.
Therefore, it is worth restricting the freedom of young people in order to preserve their lives and the lives of others.