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Only 26% of 16-year-olds in US in 2016 were licensed drivers

The share of 16-year-olds that held driver licenses in 2016 was 26.2%, down from 44.0% in 1990, according to data presented by the US Department of Energy (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office.

Each of the ages from 16 to 19 years old declined in the share of licensed drivers but the greatest decline in licensure between 1990 and 2016 were 17-year-olds, going from 63.5% to 46.9%.

Those who were 19 years old had the highest share of licenses (80%) and had the smallest decline from 1990.




Young people (16 to 19) drive less in Canada too. There are many reasons but the main ones seem to be financial. It is often a question of choice between costly smart cell phones, e-games, drinks, drugs and studies. Often there is no $$$ left for cars/trucks.

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