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At what age should you be allowed to start driving?

Do you think the minimum driving age should be raised, lowered, or kept the same?

There’s almost nothing like that feeling of independence that comes with getting your license for the first time, a feeling that roughly one fifth (20.6%) of Americans want to delay for the youth of America, according to a survey conducted by Finder.com.

When asked their feelings on whether their state’s minimum driving age should be raised, lowered or remain the same, 52.5 million adults said that they wanted the minimum driving age raised in their state.

The overwhelming majority (75.7%) of American adults are happy with the way things are, with 193.2 million adults saying the driving ages should remain as they are, with a further 3.7% (9.4 million US adults) believing that minimum driving ages should be lowered.

Do you think the minimum driving age should be raised, lowered, or kept the same in your state?

Selection% of respondents
Raised 20.6%
Lowered 3.7%
Kept the same 75.7%

Men and women share similar views on driving age

Men and women are pretty in line with their views when it comes to whether or not the driving age should be higher or lower in their state. Men are slightly more likely to be in favor of the minimum driving age either being raised (19.8%) or lowered (4.1%) compared to women (19.6% and 2.8%). Women (77.7%) are more likely to be in favor of keeping the status quo than men (76.1%).

Do you think the minimum driving age should be raised, lowered, or kept the same in your state? – by gender

Selection% of male respondents% of female respondents
Raised 19.8% 19.6%
Lowered 4.1% 2.8%
Kept the same 76.1% 77.7%

Younger Americans want to keep the minimum driving age where it is

Young Americans (18-24) are most likely to support keeping the minimum driving age as is, with a whopping 85.7% saying their state minimum driving age should not be changed. Unsurprisingly, they were also the group least in favor of raising the minimum driving age at 8.6%.

Do you think the minimum driving age should be raised, lowered, or kept the same in your state? – by age

Selections18–24 year olds25–34 year olds35–44 year olds45–54 year olds55–64 year olds65+ year olds
Raised 8.6% 21.9% 17.5% 22.5% 19.8% 18.4%
Lowered 5.7% 2.7% 8.2% 2.9% 3.1% 1.0%
Kept the same 85.7% 75.3% 74.3% 74.5% 77.1% 80.6%

Connecticut most in favor of raising the age limit

Connecticut is the most in favor of raising the minimum driving age, with 33.3% of the state wanting the minimum driving age raised, followed by Florida at 29.6%, and New Mexico at 27.6%. On the other end of the spectrum, Montana is the most in favor of maintaining the status quo, with 92.9%. of respondents saying that the minimum driving age should be kept the same.

Do you think the minimum driving age should be raised, lowered, or kept the same in your state? – by state

StateRaisedLoweredKept the same
Alabama 23.5% 8.8% 67.6%
Arizona 26.7% 5.0% 68.3%
California 23.7% 3.5% 72.8%
Colorado 16.9% 0.0% 83.1%
Connecticut 33.3% 5.1% 61.5%
District of Columbia 10.0% 10.0% 80.0%
Florida 29.6% 3.7% 66.7%
Georgia 17.1% 1.4% 81.4%
Illinois 21.6% 2.2% 76.1%
Indiana 23.3% 2.3% 74.4%
Iowa 18.6% 4.7% 76.7%
Kansas 23.1% 7.7% 69.2%
Kentucky 9.1% 9.1% 81.8%
Maine 13.3% 0.0% 86.7%
Maryland 18.8% 6.3% 75.0%
Massachusetts 16.7% 0.0% 83.3%
Michigan 12.1% 0.0% 87.9%
Minnesota 16.2% 2.9% 80.9%
Missouri 19.5% 9.1% 71.4%
Montana 7.1% 0.0% 92.9%
Nebraska 7.4% 0.0% 92.6%
Nevada 25.0% 5.0% 70.0%
New Jersey 19.1% 6.4% 74.5%
New Mexico 27.6% 6.9% 65.5%
New York 21.0% 4.0% 75.0%
North Carolina 23.8% 1.5% 74.6%
Ohio 23.8% 5.0% 71.3%
Oklahoma 16.2% 2.7% 81.1%
Oregon 15.0% 10.0% 75.0%
Pennsylvania 21.3% 4.0% 74.7%
South Carolina 15.4% 7.7% 76.9%
Tennessee 8.8% 0.0% 91.2%
Texas 20.6% 5.3% 74.0%
Utah 17.6% 2.9% 79.4%
Virginia 25.7% 3.8% 70.5%
Washington 15.2% 4.3% 80.4%
Wisconsin 23.9% 2.8% 73.2%

Young drivers pay the highest auto insurance rates

Who’s to say exactly why people want the driving age raised, lowered or to remain the same. But one thing is for sure, age is a top factor in determining how much you’ll pay for car insurance. And, younger drivers typically pay the most.

Insurers consider statistics around accidents and claims for each age group. Would raising the minimum driving age result in more mature drivers on the road? Less accidents? Lower premiums?

Regardless of your age, there are ways to save on car insurance now.

Methodology

Our minimum driving age beliefs data is based on an online survey of 2,001 US adults over the age of 18 commissioned by Finder and conducted by Google Surveys from July 13, 2021, to August 12, 2021. Participants are users on websites in the Google Surveys Publisher Network and are unpaid.

We assume the participants in our survey represent the US population of 255.2 million Americans who are at least 18 years old according to the July 2019 US Census Bureau population estimate. This assumption is made at the 95% confidence level with a 2.2% margin of error.

Our survey asked respondents whether they believed that the minimum driving age should be raised, lowered, or kept the same in their state with the possible selections:

  • Raised
  • Lowered
  • Kept the same

For our state-to-state comparison, we excluded states with less than 10 respondents from that state.

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