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Drivin’ Around Town

Most of my friends and I looked forward to getting our driver’s licenses when we turned 16.  It was a rite of passage, and in a city with less-than-stellar public transportation, it seemed like it was absolutely necessary to be able to drive a car.  More than that, though, was the underlying expectation that this-is-what-you-do-when-you-turn-16.

While the decision to get a driver’s license depends on many factors, it appears that teens are now waiting or deciding not to get their driver’s licenses.  For example, according to AAA, two-thirds of twenty year olds had their license 20 years ago; now, half do.  One important factor cited by teens is cost, of cars, insurance, and gas, but also the feeling of not needing a driver’s license to feel independent.  What do you think?  Do you plan to get a driver’s license when you turn 16?  Did you get one when you turned 16?  How do you get around town?

Check out these books that, mostly, rely on cars to happen!  Many CLP locations have free PA Driver’s Manuals available, so contact your local branch for more information.

The Distance Between Us

Perfect Escape

Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Raven Boys

Destroy All Cars

Eleanor & Park

Happy reading!

Amy, CLP-Lawrenceville

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