Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Millennials spurn driver's licenses, study finds

   Remember when we turned 16. The number one goal was a driver's license. Mobility.
    We changed our own oil, and carbs weren't something you eat.
     The rich kids drove their cars to school. They were cool, even though some of them were pretty nerdy.
     We remembered our first ticket (Officer Bannister wrote mine) and we remember messing with girls by the side of the road.
      Now, it's about Uber and the new generation doesn't care about getting a license.  It's not the ultimate validation....Transition to adulthood....But we don't care about that anymore. People live in their parents basements well into their thirties.
      Different world, different priorities. And nobody wants a Holley four barrel or glass pack pipes.
Millennials spurn driver's licenses, study finds

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nothing like the roar of dual glass packs.......

Audio testosterone

Anonymous said...

Hey, Jeff, not only the rich kids drove their cars to school. I bought a 58 mercury station wagon with wood grain side panels and a push button automatic shift for $50 bucks when I turned 17 in 1967. was the only kid in my class to drive to school as a junior in high school. My family was dirt poor, but I started working at 14, so I had a little dough to buy gas (23 cents a gallon). Was proud as hell of that car, and you're right in those days we changed our own oil, did tune ups, even knew how to tear an engine down if it needed a rebuild. Never went to a garage, only maybe for parts.

Ahh, the good old days!

Anonymous said...

Amen #1158!

Anonymous said...

I bet if you delve into the statistics, you would see something different than the storyline being pushed here. Probably the numbers are skewed because all the black kids are in prison and when they get out they are just like illegal aliens and just drive without a license. In fact, these days lots of people drive without bothering to get the license. Just look at any local college and there are 100x's as many cars as there were back in the day. In fact, they converted half the lawns to parking areas.

Anonymous said...

Those were the days, I remember Watertown High School only the rich kids or the kids that had jobs had cars, 15 total in the lot, now everyone has a car, all new because Mom and Dad want their kids safe, remember being let off after school for job after school, oh how things have changed, and not always for the better....

Anonymous said...

Back in the old days kids had to actually meet in the same place to converse. Sure you could talk on a party line phone but mom would was listening in. To have real fun and raise a little heck wheels were needed. Kids can do all that on their smart phones today.

Ray said...

I remember walking a lot too. You were lucky if your parents would hand you the keys on a regular basis. Late 70s things got a little bit better. We all remember when you could go from High School into a real job if you wanted to. Mills and such.

Anonymous said...

Okay, let's think about this for a minute. The male population has been thoroughly emasculated over the last 20 years. Today's 25 year olds couldn't hold a candle maturity-wise to the 15 year olds of two generations ago, used cars that don't cost 4 figures a year to keep passing inspection cost $12,000 to $20,000, insurance for new drivers is well into four figures, gas has been approaching $4 per gal. until the last few weeks, the greenie-weenies have been driving it into everyone's head for 40 years that cars are bad-bad-BAD and are gonna result in us all dying before we are 40, labor laws and liability concerns make it nearly impossible for teens to find work (if they aren't too stoned or lazy to look for work)....................., why should they drive to the park to play (name your game) or chase gals and expend all that effort when I can park me arse on the sofa and bury myself into a computer dream world instead of face the real world? I can chase gals on the computer, too. ........................................................................................... Need I continue?


I realize this is a generalization and there are exceptions, but you get the point.

Anonymous said...

That's a good post, 11:54.

Anonymous said...

11:54, you're right it is a generalization, and there are many exceptions. A great many millenials do not fall into your description of today's youth. Both my sons(30 and 28) bought their own cars at 17, with money they earned working since they were 15, mowing lawns,odd jobs, lifeguarding, etc.

It's never wise to shoot down an entire generation because of some bad apples.