The number of Brits between the ages of 17 to 22 that have been taking their driving tests has plummeted, according to new data revealed by the Office of National Stistics.
According to official sources, the rate of younger Brits taking their test has declined by 19 per cent over the past five years. This means 200,000 less students for UK driving instructors – not to mention 200,000 less policyholders for car insurance companies as well.
The prevailing wisdom concerning the drop-off pins the blame on massive increases in how much it costs to lean to drive, the ongoing costs of running a vehicle in the UK, and the growing scarcity of discount car insurance for young drivers. Nearly two thirds of young Brits who cannot drive have specifically reported being put off by the exorbitant costs associated with it, according to a recent government survey.
The situation has been confirmed by a news post on the website for the Driving Instructors Association. The post revealed that younger Brits have had to make hard decisions concerning where they decide to spend their money.
Driving Instructors Association spokesperson, Steve Garrod, remarked that as motor car insurance prices for young drivers going up at the same time university tuition fees have, young people have decided to put learning how to drive off until a later date. Mr Garrod was disheartened by the news, stating that even with the increased costs of motoring in the UK, learning to drive is still one of the least expensive forms of adult education in the country, not to mention one of the most important things you can learn.