Okay, go ahead, look at my "user info" im just another "teenage-punk-that-knows-everything" anyways, about a year ago in my college speech class (i am typically a B-C student) i gave an informative speech about this very topic. After recieving an A+, I took that information and used it in a 15 page term paper for my college english class. (got a A-) If i get a chance I will try and find these papers, I still have them; but the numbers I discovered about older drivers were pretty staggering. Yes, indeed they do have a very high road fatality rate, despite what people say.. these arent exact, of the top of my head, but seniors over 70 have a higher accident % then "kids like me" (kids between 16 and 22)
Also, I lived most of my life in S.dakota where i got a drivers license when i was 14 y.o and havent had an accident or a scratch since, (i moved here to indiana when i was 15) and ive driven ALOT. Right now i drive about 100 miles a day through rush hour traffic.
In my papers I ALSO addressed the issue of us horrible "TeEn DrIvErs!!" i found some numbers and did interviews and etc.. etc.. and they proved to ME (my opinion) a somewhat crazy idea; I think in order for any kid 16-over to get a license, they must be able to drive a manual transmission. Thats right, people who drive a stick have FEWER accidents. (thats a %, dont worry i know there arent the same amount) I also am Completely convinced this would decrease the poor teen driver numbers a bit (not totally) i can go into great detail on why i think this, but by now most of you are skimming this post anyway
Well i try to keep these short so more people read them... if you have any comments i need to expand on, please let me know!!!
BTW, ive driven a stick my whole life, most old drivers tick me off, and I still havent gotten an "A" in school since