Fewer American teens taking to the road
POSTED: Friday, July 12, 2013 - 5:41pm
UPDATED: Saturday, July 13, 2013 - 9:54am
(KETK) - Tyler Tx — According to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, more than 30 percent of 19-year-old Americans do not have a drivers license.
"I don't think they have the time," said Kellie Underwood, Personalized Account Manager at Bosworth & Associates. "I don't think they have the interest."
A big increase from the 12 percent that didn't have their license in 1983.
"You couldn't wait to get your license," Underwood said.
And even more surprising -- there are twice as many drivers older than 70 than under 19.
Researchers found cost and social media were the two biggest factors.
Personalized Account Manager at Bosworth & Associates, Linda Gurley, says they don't see the urgency in teens to get their license like they used to.
"My teenager would rather sit over there and text and look on Facebook and play their games on their phones rather than driving," Gurley said.
This virtual contact is also reducing the amount teens drive at all.
And the teens who do get their license end up taking one for the team.
"I'm like a taxi," said Casey Black. "It's a lot easier for me to pick them up then for them to go get a car or a license or insurance."