Can’t drive, won’t drive: why the young shun cars | Barbara Ellen
Do more walking, get a better perspective on life – not having a licence has plenty of upsides
Department for Transport figures report a sharp decline in young people driving. Almost half of 17-20 year olds could drive in 1992-4, but figures from 2014 show just 29%. Slightly older drivers, aged 21-29, had also decreased, from 75% to 63%.
As the factors included finances (as well as prolonged immaturity and a generational preference for digital interaction), this is unfortunate on many levels. It would seem that the cost of learning to drive, and of owning a car, has been putting young people off in the era of tuition fees/zero-hour contracts, leading to the loss of a life skill and a decreased sense of independence.
Source: Guardian Transport