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By bigguy1231 (registered) | Posted June 02, 2010 at 03:48:36

I think alot of the reason that young people are not getting their licenses is cost plain and simple. Gas prices are still relatively cheap but insurance costs for a new driver are just ridiculous.

One of the guys I work with just got his DL. He is 28 years old and had a license for a couple of years in his teens while living in California. He let it lapse when he moved here. He will be paying $530 a month on a 10 year old vehicle. I told him he was crazy for even bothering. You could just about take a cab everywhere you want to go for a year with that amount of money. I am lucky I only pay just over $100 a month for a newer vehicle. I just can't imagine paying such ridiculous amounts for insurance.

Michelle, I think you hit on another point about the lack of decent paying jobs for young people also contributing to the decline in young drivers. When I was a student way back when I was lucky enough to work at Stelco. I made huge bucks working there during the summer months. Enough to buy myself a new car the first summer, pay my tuition and live for the whole school year without working part time. I did that for 5 years and had quite the nest egg when I finally left school. I feel bad for kids today having to work for low wages and worrying about having enough just to get by.

Comment edited by bigguy1231 on 2010-06-02 02:50:11

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