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Driving costs are “putting off” learners

Passing your driving test was once seen as a rite of passage for most youngsters. But with the number of young people getting behind the wheel now declining, research conducted by the UK’s largest independent road safety charity, IAM RoadSmart, has indicated why many young people aged 17-24 have put the brakes on learning to drive. 

The charity recently surveyed 1,000 young motorists and revealed cost concerns as the biggest reason for young people procrastinating learning how to drive.  

The survey also revealed that the fear of driving itself stopped 26% of respondents from learning the skill. Finding a suitable car and finding the time to take lessons were also a concern. 

Interestingly, the survey also explored which alternatives would make young drivers consider giving up driving a personal car with improvements in public transport being the main reason for this.  

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