Some people think that the best way to improve road safety is to increase the minimum legal age for driving a car or motorbike.
To what extent do you agree or disagree?
There are a number of people who believe that increasing the minimum permissible age for driving motor vehicles can be an effective solution to ensure safety on the roads. However, I do not agree with this statement. In this essay, I will discuss that the minimum age is not the only risk factor for accidents on the road; drinking is a more responsible factor.
First of all, driving is a skill, and age is not a factor in learning a skill. As long as the person is physically capable of handling the vehicle, he/she is as good as an adult while driving a car or motorcycle. Accidents mainly happen due to a lack of concentration while driving. For example, texting or receiving a call while driving is more hazardous. A person can lose balance over the vehicle in such situations, irrespective of age. There are only a handful of cases where the driver of the vehicle involved in a road accident is minor.
Apart from that, most accidents on the road are triggered by drunk driving. The minimum age for drinking is already higher than the minimum age for driving in most countries. Thus, it could be deduced that more adults are causing accidents on the road as compared to the number of underage drivers and riders. In this way, there is a lack of correlation between age and road accidents, and increasing the minimum age for driving cars and bikes should not help much, rather, people need to be made aware of not drinking while driving.
In conclusion, increasing the minimum permissible age for driving vehicles would be less effective than preventing people from drinking and driving.