Answer (from Pew Charitable Trust): 71.5%, a significant decline from 85.3% in 1996.

See chart below the line:

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Questions for students:

  • Do you have a driver’s license? Why or why not?
  • What year do you see the biggest decline? What might explain why it dropped so much that year?
  • Why do you think fewer high school seniors are getting driver’s licenses?
  • When do you plan to purchase your first car? Is this older or younger than when your parents (or guardians) first got a car?
  • If you have a car, about how much do you pay a month to operate it? If you don’t have a car, how much do you think you save by NOT having a car?

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Check out one of our most popular lessons “Purchasing a Used Car.”