Most 16 year olds going on 17 are anxious to start driving – a car that is (most of us at that age are already experts in driving our parents up the wall, so yeah this is about driving a car!).
17 is the legal age in Malaysia (for the benefit of a non-Malaysian reader) to start learning. Well…some would have driven even before reaching their legal age! That is no surprise. Many a times with an adult by their side! What I am highlighting here is real and taken quite lightly by some, be they adult or youth. Most will argue…we are careful la, we go slow, I have my parent with me, …etc. And forgetting that they aren’t the only drivers on the road…other drivers that aren’t careful, drivers that are impatient, drivers that are road bullies and the list goes on.
I have known of at least one incident of death on the road caused by an illegal youth driver accompanied by an adult at the passenger seat at time of accident. What happened after that? To settle legally, we can guess the legal implications. But if to settle illegally…what are we teaching the young? However the case is settled, a life has been lost. I would think it will be tough to live with that even if we are licensed drivers.
So that brings me back to, ‘why drive when you have no license or underage?’ even when accompanied by an adult. As long as we have no license the law doesn’t protect us. It really doesn’t hurt to wait to drive legally.
P/s a reminder to us who are drivers or riders with license…that whenever behind the wheels, we should drive responsibly and with courtesy!