<p>"American culture" is not the same all over. Drivers are a minority here in Manhattan. Everyone walks or takes the subway or bus. I understand in other parts of America, the most exercise people get is waddling from their houses to the Hummer in the morning and crying over gas prices, but...oh well. Plus I believe there's a stigma about public transportation that exists in most of the country, that the bus is for poor people? In rural places a car is probably necessary as public transportation isn't as common there. I will be taking a road test this summer, although I don't think I'll get a car for years.
My high school required a drivers license for graduation - as it should be.
That makes no sense, do you think they wouldn't have let you graduate without a drivers licence? What you mean is they required Govt ID. In states like Texas people are allowed to get their licenses early, but it varies from state to state. In New York State you can get a Learner Permit at 16 after passing a written test. At this point you're allowed to take Driver's Ed and drive with an adult over 21. I believe at 17 you can get a Junior License after passing the road test (there are restrictions), or regular License at 17 if you've taken Driver's Ed. If you never take Driver's Ed but pass your road test at 18 you get a regular license. This is what I was taught in Driver's Ed but I don't know for sure.</p>