I Brake for Teenage Drivers

What's the point of having a car culture if America's youth won't learn how to drive?

Illustration by Tomasz Walenta for TIME; Getty Images (3)

I can deal with the fact that they haven't created a new, horrible genre of music or a girl's clothing item that's appallingly revealing. I can even accept that the most shocking thing they've come up with is twerking, which is just a faster version of what Elvis annoyed my grandparents with. But now I've found out that teenagers are choosing not to get their driver's licenses. And I'm worried.

One-third fewer kids are getting driver's licenses than in 1983. There are two conclusions you can draw from this. One is that this is a generation that is environmentally concerned and...

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