Teen dating without driving

You'll eventually see them, but you don't have a sense of urgency about meeting them.I have a friend that I saw (recently) at the mall, but I hadn't talked to him in person in weeks.

The economy was a major factor in the decision to wait: The most common reasons for waiting were not having a car, being able to get around without driving, gas was too expensive and driving was too expensive.

Few respondents cited the ability to connect online or GDL restrictions as a factor. Among young adults in households with annual incomes of at least $60,000, 60% got a license within one year of their state's minimum age for doing so and 72% were licensed before age 18.

He says reports of the death of young Americans' love affair with driving are premature.

He noted that some researchers have speculated that the drop in teen licensing is linked to the spread of graduated driver's licenses, in which novice motorists gradually earn more driving privileges as they gain experience.

He contends that part of the shift is rooted in the growth of access to the Internet: Modern teens can connect with each other through social media, so there's less of a need to get together by driving to popular hangouts or by cruising."I believe that a large part of the drop is permanent," says Sivak, who was one of the first researchers to document the trend. That tells us that a large part of the drop we see is permanent."BLAME THE ECONOMYOther researchers, including Robert Foss, director of the Center for the Study of Young Drivers at the University of North Carolina, maintain that the recent recession simply had a greater impact on young drivers than others.

They had less money to purchase a car, less money to buy gas, or they couldn't find jobs to buy either, he says."Yes, licensing among young teenagers is certainly down some," Foss says. If the economy ever recovers for the majority of the population, then licensing among young people is probably going to go right back up."Peter Kissinger, president and CEO of AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, agrees.

"There's a lot of road rage and a lot of crazy drivers, and I just felt like she wasn't ready to handle all that. "I tried to drag that out as long as I could," her mother says."I felt more comfortable waiting a little longer," says Emily, who is studying at Northern Virginia Community College and wants to be either a marine biologist or zoologist. C., where he still lives and works as an online content manager for Wesley Theological Seminary."My family never had a car when I was growing up," he says.

She says the Internet was not a factor in her decision to wait. TEACH ME TO DRIVE: A LOVE STORYLove finally made Lyndon Orinion get his license. "We lived right in the city, so public transportation was very convenient. I didn't see a need for a driver's license."Then he started dating Kaye Saliente, whom he's known since childhood but only as a friend.

MOM SAYS WAITEmily Mc Nulty, 19, of Sterling, Va., just got her driver's license.

Her mom, Julianne Mc Nulty, 57, had asked her to put it off."I just felt like she needed to wait a little bit for the amount of traffic on the roads around here," says Julianne Mc Nulty, who works in the marketing department of a trade association. Another factor was the cost of car insurance and gas."Emily was almost 18 when she started driving.

In North Carolina, he says, 68% of 16-year-olds either had a learner's permit or a driver's license in 1991. He says the state's GDL law, which took effect in 1997, created a decrease in licensing of about 7% — by requiring more from families and making it harder for poor kids to get a license. Public Interest Research Group argues that declines in young people's driving are related to the growth of mobile, Internet-connected technologies and the spread of social networking and that they are fueling a fundamental shift in the way America travels.

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