One in five adults ‘too scared’ to learn to drive

New study finds as many as 2.6 million adults admit they're too scared to learn to drive.

As many as 2.6 million UK adults admit they are simply too “scared” to learn to drive, according to the findings of a recent study. 

The new research compiled by Go Car Credit involved a survey with those yet to get their L-plates as well as licence holders.  

Three in 100 (3%) non-drivers admit that they are ‘too lazy’ to learn to drive. 

The top reason given for not learning to drive however was ‘not needing to at present’, with more than a third (33%) saying they use buses, trains or simply walk instead.  

Other key reasons include ‘the expense of lessons’ (31%), being unable to afford ‘the associated costs that come with driving’, such as the vehicle, fuel and maintenance (25%). 

Top reasons UK adults haven’t learnt to drive yet % 
I do not need to – I use public transport/taxis/walk 32% 
Learning is too expensive (lesson and tests costs) 31% 
Driving and its associated costs are too expensive 25% 
I am scared of driving 21% 
I just never got around to it 20% 
I am too lazy 3% 

For those that are considering taking their test in the near future, licence holders had one clear piece of advice – don’t ask parents to help with lessons.  

One in four (25%) said that their dad was the worst driving instructor they had ever had, with one in five (22%) voting their mum as the worst instructor out there. 

Similarly, one in 10 (11%) believe asking a friend for driving lessons is an error, due to their inability to remain calm when in the car. 

Three in four drivers (76%) said that their driving instructor offered the most encouraging and stress-free environment and advised enlisting the help of a professional. 

Hayley O’Connor, marketing manager at Go Car Credit, said:  “It is completely natural to feel anxiety when learning to drive, but it’s important we don’t let these fears and worries block us from gaining an extremely valuable life skill. 

“Driving can open up a whole host of opportunities in our day-to-day lives, whether for work or in our leisure time. Anyone with a bad financial history can find barriers to their driving experience but should know that there are providers out there that can cater to their needs. 

“We wish all of those who have set themselves the goal of passing their driving test in 2021 the best of luck. Whether that is starting lessons, or those hoping to pass their test as soon as possible.” 

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