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18-Year-Olds Driving 18-Wheelers

Posted on August 22, 2022

An article in the New Yorker detailed how, in an effort to ease the country’s supply chain issues, Congress has started a program that lowers the minimum age for driving 18-wheelers across state lines.

While driving schools offer classes and both real-life and simulator practices, critics say that teens driving 18-wheelers are just plain dangerous. Complaints include the fact that the students simply do not have the longtime experience driving trucks—or even cars, for that matter—that could help during tough moments on the road. However, in the article, a representative from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration argued that if 18-year-olds can fight for our country, they can drive a truck.

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