New research by IAM RoadSmart, the UK’s largest independent road safety charity, gives an insight into why 17 to 24-year-olds have put the brakes on learning to drive.
Of 1,000 young drivers surveyed, cost concerns were number one reason why youngsters have been put off learning to drive.
The price of lessons and the cost of running car were closely followed by the price of taking the driving test itself.
“Our research shows that among young people the cost of learning to drive is a major deterrent to getting that licence which would open up many more job opportunities and increase their personal mobility,” said Neil Greig, Director of Policy and Research at IAM RoadSmart.
“No doubt, the increase in numbers going into higher education, and the rise of cheap taxi-hailing mobile applications have also fuelled the driving decline.
“Many young people lack the financial confidence to commit to running a car, especially when relatively cheap alternative forms of travel are available.”
Interestingly, the survey also explored which alternatives would make young drivers consider giving up driving a personal car.
Improved public transport was the prevailing sentiment, with 30% of those surveyed stating that free bus travel would make them consider exchanging their keys for a bus pass.
Also, 27% disclosed that cheaper rail fares would persuade them to give up driving their own vehicle, whilst 22% said modern forms of public transport like trams would prompt them to ditch their car.
Which of the following, if any, put you off learning to drive at first?
|Costs of the lessons||29%|
|The cost of running a car once you had passed||29%|
|The costs of the tests||28%|
|Fear of driving||26%|
|Waiting lists on tests||20%|
|Finding / buying a car for after I had passed||20%|
|Finding the time||19%|
|Feeling like you didn’t need a car to get around||14%|
|Recommendations from family / friends not to drive||11%|