Why are children not allowed to drive cars?
“It’s very frustrating,” said Top Boy, age 13, “to be sitting in a moving car, but not driving it.”
Soon, I soothed him, soon…
But he was not deterred. And in fact went further. Says he: “Assuming they can pass the driving test, it’s actually more sensible for children to drive than adults.”
- Children are used to learning and learn more quickly and effectively than adults.
- Children are used to following the rules.
- Children would not have such bad driving habits.
- Children would not be in such a hurry.
- Children would be getting such a kick out of driving they would not be letting their minds wander.
- Children have better eyesight.
- Children have quicker reactions.
- Children would be less likely to be distracted by disruptive passengers. (As Top Boy pointed out, he can do 200 miles per hour on computer driving games and stay on the track even with his mates pestering him. And that’s far faster.)
I was a captive audience. I couldn’t escape. I was driving.
But more importantly – is he right? And if not, why not?
Luckily this is all hypothetical, because I doubt he’d want to be seen behind the wheel of my car. But help me out here, I need 8 arguments to fight back with. Actually 9 would mean I win.
C’mon fellow adults. Help me keep 13-year-olds off the roads.