Erie, Pennsylvania: More Teens Putting the Brakes on Getting their Driver’s License

Local driving school Transportation Solutions said it is noticing that fewer 16 year-old and 17 year-old are going for their driver’s license. Transportation Solutions President Brenda Bennett said one of the main reasons is the cost.

“When you look at how much car insurance is for a teenager, it’s very expensive,” Bennett said. “So if the parents don’t want to pay for that and the kids don’t have a part-time job to off-set it, a lot of times parents aren’t letting them get it.”

Teens can end up paying thousands of dollars a year for car insurance in Erie.

Bennett said another reason is that driving isn’t as appealing to teens as it once was.