Millions of UK adults ‘too scared’ to learn to drive
Up to 2.6 million Britons are too ‘scared’ to learn to drive, a new study has found.
Amusingly, three in 100 (3%) non-drivers admit that they are “too lazy” to learn to drive.
New Go Car Credit research involved 2000 Brits who had not yet obtained their L plates as well as license holders.
However, the main reason given for not learning to drive was “no need to do so now”, with more than a third (33%) saying they use buses, trains or just walk instead.
Other key reasons include “tuition fees” (31%), inability to pay “costs associated with driving”, such as vehicle, fuel and maintenance (25%).
For those planning to take their test in the near future, the licensees had a clear advice: don’t ask parents to help you with lessons.
One in four (25%) said their dad was the worst driving instructor they’ve ever had, with one in five (22%) voting their mom as the worst instructor.
Likewise, one in ten (11%) think that asking a friend for driving lessons is a mistake, due to their inability to remain calm in the car.
A whopping three in four drivers (76%) said their driving instructor provided the most encouraging and stress-free environment and advised them to seek professional help.
Hayley O’Connor, Marketing Manager at Go Car Credit, said: “It’s only natural to experience anxiety when learning to drive, but it’s important not to let these fears and worries stop us from acquire an extremely valuable life skill.
“Driving can open up a whole host of possibilities in our day-to-day life, whether for work or play. Anyone with a bad financial history may find barriers to their driving experience, but should be aware that there are vendors who can meet their needs. ”
She added, “We wish everyone who has set themselves the goal of passing their driving test in 2021 the best of luck. Whether it is to start classes or for those who hope to pass their test as quickly as possible. ”
The top six reasons why UK adults haven’t learned to drive:
I don’t need it – I use public transport / taxis / walking – 32%
Learning is too expensive (lessons and tests) – 31%
Driving and its associated costs are too expensive – 25%
I’m afraid to drive – 21%
I just never made it – 20%
I’m too lazy – 3%