Another thread got me thinking about this. Seems almost like people are waiting later in life to get their drivers license and first vehicle. Even beyond regulatory requirements that may have upped the age requirement.
Where I lived at that time & age one could get their learners permit at 15 years, 1 month and actual drivers license at 15 years, 6 months.
I'll admit, even though I'm really laid back, I'm hyper as hell and wanna get shit done right now. That being the case I got my drivers license on the day I turned 15 years, 6 months. I had already bought my first POS $300 car and was driving it with learners permit (parents included). I got my learners permit, you guessed it, the first day I turned 15 years, 1 month.
That state also allowed exception for unusual circumstances for some that were even younger. I tried but, it was a no go.