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436 Teen Driving
At what age should teenagers be able to drive?

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got pushed up

In Canada, the age you can drive used to be 16, but it recently got pushed up to 18.

In this case, 'got pushed up' means that the minimum age was increased. When something 'gets pushed up' it means that the limit for age, price, speed, etc is increased. Notice the following:

  1. The minimum grade point average gets pushed up every year.
  2. The speed limits on these highways got pushed up to 75 last year.


Each province in Canada controls its driving and the age limits.

Use like this 'province' refers to a territory or region similar to a state. The boundaries of this province are defined by the government. Notice the following:

  1. That particular province doesn't allow casinos.
  2. People don't speak French in my province.

age limits

In my province in Ontario, the age limit went from 16 to 18.

An 'age limit' is a maximum or minimum age when a person is allowed to something. Notice the following:

  1. Is there a certain age limit for driving a motorcycle?
  2. The age limit for the kids menu is 8 years old.

a probation system

For people who have been driving, they are put into a probation system until they reach 18.

A 'probation period' is like a trial period for something and it is used to decide whether or not you are capable of doing something. During this time if you make a mistake you will probably lose an opportunity that yo currently have. A 'probation system' is a method of giving people a probationary period to prove their skills before they have full access to a specific opportunity. Notice the following:

  1. The company operates on a three-month probation system when you first start.
  2. His grades were really bad last semester, so this semester he's on some type of a probation system.

mature enough

Don't you think that at 16 you're mature enough?

When you are 'mature' it means that you are fully developed. In this case it is referring to metal maturity and whether someone can think like an adult. If you are 'mature enough' to do something you are at a mental level where you can do something without making stupid mistakes or you are responsible. Notice the following:

  1. Eighteen is definitely a mature enough age to drink.
  2. His parents don't think he's mature enough to live on his own yet.

way back when

Way back when, there was a lot less traffic and a lot less people on the road.

'Way back when' is used to talk about a general time in the past. It is usually used by adults or older people to talk about how life was different when they were younger. Notice the following:

  1. I'm sure things were a lot different way back when.
  2. My grandfather can talk for hours about how difficult life was for him way back when.