Fewer teens getting driver’s licenses; what it might mean for Wal-Mart


6a0133ec87bd6d970b0133f2276e73970b-200wi I have been spotting articles lately talking about the drop in teen driver’s licenses.  Believe it or not, that old rite of passage may be coming to an end.

According to a , Tampa Bay On Line article “…Statistics from the Federal Highway Administration show that one in every three teens now has a license at 16. It used to be one of every two.”

Among the reasons given was one that really stuck out at me.  It was the notion that teens are content doing their socializing and shopping on line.  Who needs to go to the trouble of getting a drivers license and driving to a friend’s house or the mall when you can sit in front of your computer and have what passes for (at least by today’s standards) “a life.”

So what does this have to do with Wal-Mart?  Well, a population that does not get excited about driving is a population that drives less.  A population that drives less does not want to drive to a bricks and mortar store.  That’s good for Amazon.  That’s terrible for Wal-Mart.

6a0133ec87bd6d970b0133f2277254970b-200wi Rear-view-mirror Keep an eye on these drivers’ license statistics.  They could mean that the romance of the road is coming to an end and with it many of our traditional, automobile based patterns of behavior.  Look in the rear view mirror Wal-Mart, Target and Toys R Us.  Some day you may look and find that no one is there.

2 thoughts

  1. Dear Richard,
    The only negative with toys in happy meals is the obesity of young children because of the meal itself.
    Best Regards,
    Frank Martin

  2. Funny, my wife and I have seen this happen. Yes it is mostly with those kids who are hooked to the net. I am a hands on type Dad, glad my three kids follow suit – they wanted the freedom of a car as soon as they received their permit. It has led them to terrific jobs and new friends who they met with a handshake or a hug.

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