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Too digital to drive?
The plummeting rate of teen drivers — and more in our collection of surprising facts and figures
Teen drivers Kevin Dodge/Corbis

69
Percent of U.S. 17-year-olds with a driver's license in 1983

50
Percent of U.S. 17-year-olds with a driver's license in 2008. Factors: A rise in "virtual" hanging out, plus higher gas prices.

74.8
Percent of Americans 70+ with a driver's license, up from 55 percent in 1983. Factors: Improved health and delayed retirements.

Sources: TIME, L.A. Times

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