The past few years have seen studies come out that reveal teenagers are less likely to have a driver's license. But a new study from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) says teens aren't the only group that are passing on a license.
The study which looked at data from 1983 to 2014 reveals that every age group has seen a decrease in carrying a driver;s license.
- 24.5 percent of Americans aged 16 carried a license in 2014. This is down 6.6 percent from 2008 where 27.5 percent carried one.
- 76.7 percent of Americans aged 20 to 24 have a license in 2014, compared to 82 percent in 2008.
- A number of older Americans aren't also carrying licenses either. In the 40 to 59 age bracket, the percentage of those who have a license has dropped 3 percent from 2008 to 2014.
Sadly, the study doesn't go into why the amount of people carrying licenses has gone down. But we have a couple possible reasons to it:
- The average price of a vehicle has been increasing over the years. Young Americans don't have the income to purchase one.
- A fair number of people are moving back into the city, meaning they are utilizing public transportation systems or using an alternative form of transportation.