The Most Terrifying Ride? When Your Teen Is Learning to Drive. a Car.

From a Washington Post column by Petula Dvorak headlined “The most terrifying ride in the world? When your teen is at the wheel.”:

I laugh at all the bungee-jumping, skydiving, roller-coaster-riding, TikTok-trend-chasing adrenaline junkies.

None of this matches the sheer terror of being the passenger in a car driven by your 16-year-old as he merges onto the freeway.

All the statistics tell us that this generation is driving less — among 16-year-olds in 2022, the number was about 1 in 5, according to the federal highway folks.
\In the 1980s, about half of the United States’ 16-year-olds had a driver’s license, according to Federal Highway Administration data. We know who we were.