Stuck in park vs. learning to drive: What motivates teens to get their licenses?

Examples of teens delaying licensing and being generally uninterested in driving have spread the idea that today’s teens aren’t in a hurry to sit in the driver’s seat.

So what’s the primary motivation for teens who do get their licenses? A recent study conducted by Aceable Drivers Ed found the answer to that question isn’t a surprise – independence.

More than 50% of the 291 teens surveyed (ages 14-17) said they were motivated to take drivers education so they wouldn’t have to rely on their parents for rides any more.

Other top reasons included:

  • To drive to school (20.8%)

  • Parents wanted them to/or to help with family driving (17.6%)

  • To get a job and make money (13.3%).

On the flip side, the top-two reasons for teens delaying licensing were: just didn’t get around to it (34.9%) and cost of driving was too expensive (29.9%).

Though we hear stories in our own circles of lazy teens not willing to give up the parent-chauffeur, the study shows today’s teens (like generations before) are still motivated by the sweet independence that a license brings.

Wait, motivated and teen in the same sentence? Now, that doesn’t seem right.

by  Sharlyn Petit

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