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More teens waiting? Disturbing trend.

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by OLDNEWBIE, Jan 26, 2014.

  1. OLDNEWBIE

    OLDNEWBIE State of Flux Well-Known Member

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  2. oknow

    oknow amboy wa. Well-Known Member

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    The roads may start to be a little safer if this is true
     
  3. OLDNEWBIE

    OLDNEWBIE State of Flux Well-Known Member

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    Illegals w/o DLs and an aging population, it's probably a wash I'd say.:confused:
     
  4. Fast Eddie

    Fast Eddie Vancouver Well-Known Member

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    A car used to be how you networked socially, when I was 16.
     
  5. U201491

    U201491 Well-Known Member

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    I have one granddaughter that graduates college this year and she never wanted to get a dl. She is content with trains, buses and other people driving .......
    Still cant figure out why????????
    The rest were chomping at the bit to get their dl.
     
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  6. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    My daughter went into the Navy without a license (she got one in the Navy and almost destroyed the rental car business on the Island of Sicily single handed) And my son got his license just a few weeks before leaving for basic training. That was 10-12 years ago.
     
  7. strick

    strick McMinnville Oregon Member

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    Remember teens have access to Facebook and text messaging that even I did not have in the 90's.
     
  8. OLDNEWBIE

    OLDNEWBIE State of Flux Well-Known Member

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    I look at it as another sign that our youth is reluctant to grow up, leave home, take responsibility.

    At this age, if not headed to College, alot of baby boomers had after school jobs and were beginning to make their own way in the world. A car was a big first step towards independence.

    Nowadays after school entry level type jobs are fillled by grown immigrants wanting a "living wage" as base pay. Even if an opening exists, most American born youth would think this work beneath them.

    Not having a car is a small price to pay if they can flouder through school, live at home longer than generations past and have the State safety net protect them when their lack of a solid plan or work ethic catches up with them.

    Throw in the fears of the planet burning up that is taught as FACT, discussion closed!, and what we end up with is an American youth that is satisfied to let the govt. take control. It's a lot safer they feel.

    Yeah, not driving is a small sacrifice I guess.
     
  9. simon99

    simon99 Central Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Just another extension of the entitlement generation. Having a car means responsibility, usually associated with having a job to make payments have insurance, maintenance and fuel.
    A under 20 something that has self-discipline and work ethic is a rarity nowadays. Especially when the government, media and lack of family values renders those traits as old fashioned. Welcome to the New Amerika.
     
  10. teflon97239

    teflon97239 Portland, OR Well-Known Member

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    In the 60's and 70's, everyone my age went to DMV on their birthday unless they were unfortunate enough to "celebrate" over a weekend - horror of all horrors! So for most, the question was "what time this morning did you get yours?"

    Most of my reading after 10-12 years old was car magazines, Cycle World and Popular Science/Mechanics (who both published sneaky B&W snapshots of crudely disguised Mustangs, Camaros and Javelins on Detroit test tracks a month before the September unveiling).

    I could point at any car, anywhere, and tell you what make/model/year it was, engine size and "sport package" options. That was just "normal" for guys my age. Anybody remember CarToons? Dune Buggies & Hot VWs? Ed "Big Daddy" Roth? Art Arfons? Smokey Yunick?

    I'd been sneaking to work on my motorcycle for a year already, so it was a relief to finally be "official" with a license.

    No brainer... I needed wheels to get to work, and I needed income to have my wheels!

    Not sure where a lot of young people are finding work these days. And the way people of all ages drive with cell phones in their mitts, I'd prefer that many of them NEVER try to drive.
     
  11. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I remember that even 50yrs ago getting a car was a burden, especially insurance!
     
  12. Fast Eddie

    Fast Eddie Vancouver Well-Known Member

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    Disturbing Trends Among Teens:
    Grand Theft Auto V
    Vampire Movies
    Pit Bull
    Rhianna
    Miley Cyrus
    Justin Bieber
    Beyoncé and Jayzee
    Eminem
    The list goes on
    You know what they aren't waiting to get?
    STD's, abortions, Iphones and Taco bell.
     
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  13. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    That is only part of it. You also have a generation of people that did not save enough to retire or had other issues. There are lots of "older" (50+) people working in these entry level positions like fast food. They are not in the management positions, but working the counters.

    Then you also have "child labor" laws that came out that severely restricts how many hours they can work, how late they can work and what kind of jobs they can do. How are they going to learn under conditions like that? What is the real incentive? Kinda like welfare and food stamps. If they can make more $$$ that way then working, it gets hard to blame them. Then of course with the kids and schools it is not uncommon to keep the out late, often past midnight for sports and somehow that is ok, but to work it is not. What should kids think if that is what they are being exposed to?
     
  14. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    I got my drivers license a year early (dont ask how) and was out on St Helens Road doing 100+ that same day.

    Teens today are obsessed with social media to make their peer group statement of importance. A car really doesn't equate to acceptance that much anymore.
     
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  15. FortunateSon

    FortunateSon Marion County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    We certainly live in a a different world now. When I was 16 getting a DL and a vehicle meant independence, and that was the most important thing to me.

    Kids today are content with staying at home. For many kids today having a social life = an iPhone with their homepage set to facebook. No job, no skills, and no motivation to do any better. Can't blame them, really. Their parents buy them an iPhone and their service, cook their meals and do their laundry, take them where they need to go, and buy their cigarettes for them. Whose fault is it, the kids or the parents?

    Sad that the kids don't realize that not only do they not have a car, they don't have much of a future either.
     
  16. chariot13

    chariot13 Near Eugene/Springfield Well-Known Member

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    The study says they are waiting to get the drivers license, it does not say they are waiting to drive ;) That's like stating less people are getting concealed handgun licenses so less people must be carrying concealed. Laws and the people that like them, are legends in their own minds.
     
  17. timac

    timac Loading Magazines! Well-Known Member

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    Its part of the indoctrination, Socialist countries encourage the use of mass transportation systems. A car is a symbol of freedom, individualism.
     
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  18. TOVO

    TOVO SW WA. Active Member

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    Both my daughters didn't want to drive at 16. Both waited until they were 18 to get drivers license. One of there boyfriends were the same way.


    Breaks my heart as I am a car guys. Not sure the boomerang generation will be interested in cars.


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  19. Nick Burkhardt

    Nick Burkhardt NE Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Before my oldest turned 16, we found that our car insurance would more than double just having him in the house with a drivers license. Our inlaws gifted us a used 49cc motorscooter. That "gift" cost me several hundred dollars in license and registration fees, but Oregon does have a "Scooter only" license and insurance for that is only $80 per year.
     
  20. LyleLovett666

    LyleLovett666 Seattle Active Member

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    Expensive gas,a depressed economy & very few job opportunities. Hope & change in action.