Question of the Day: What percent of high school seniors have a driver's license?
- Do you have a driver’s license? Why or why not?
- Why do you think fewer high school seniors are getting driver’s licenses?
- One cause might be the sharp increase in car insurance rates.
- Looking at the chart above, what year do you see the biggest decline? What might explain why fewer seniors had their licenses?
- What do you think this number will be in ten years? Explain your answer.
Behind the numbers (Monitoring the Future Study mentioned in PBS NewsHour s):
The share of high school seniors across the country who have a driver’s license dropped from 85.3 percent in 1996 to a record low 71.5 percent in 2015, according to data from the University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future survey.
The drop has been sharpest in the South, where the share of high school seniors with a driver’s license fell from 88.6 percent in 1996 to 71.2 percent in 2015. High school seniors are most likely to have a license in the Midwest — 80.4 percent — and least likely to have one in the Northeast — 64.8 percent.
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