Less Teenagers Applying For Driver's Licenses, What's The Matter With Kids Today?Matt Hardigree2/26/08 12:45pmFiled to: NewsDriver's licensesDriving Schoolteenage driving60EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkA troubling report from our favorite NY Times editor, and no it doesn't involve poorly substantiated insinuations that Bill Ford had a sexual relationship with John McCain. According to the Federal Highway Administration, the rate of licensed 16-year-olds dropped from 43.8% in 1998 to just 29.8% in 2006. You'll remember from our guide to teenage driving rules that some kids can get permits as early as 14. And where are these kids making out? It has something to do with the Internet. Other factors include the cost of private driver's instruction, now that school supported driving instruction dropped to just 20% from 90% in the 1980's.