The single biggest reason young people are choosing not to learn to drive this summer is purely a financial one.
The summer months are traditionally the busiest period for new learner drivers who take advantage of better weather conditions and the school/college break to get their first taste of life behind the wheel.
However, figures from the Department for Transport show the number of 17 years taking their test has dropped by 17% since 2007/08 from 386,162 in 2007/8 to 317,939 in 2011/12.
Young driver champion Marmalade asked young visitors to its Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/WeAreMarmalade last week to share their biggest single reason for choosing not to learn to drive this summer.
43% said it was lack of finances and the rising cost of learning to drive, others said they were happy to stick to public transport, while others blamed parents for not allowing them to practise in the family car.
“I don’t think we should be surprised by these answers,” explained Crispin Moger, MD at Marmalade. “Many young people are still studying or trying to get started on the jobs ladder so money is extremely tight. It’s refreshing to hear that many rate public transport too.
“Learning to drive is a rite of passage for all young people at some stage in their life, if they choose it but soaring costs seem to be transforming this generation’s attitude to driving. We would advise they and their families shop around for the best deals when it comes to buying lessons and insurance.”
There are five top tips to consider when buying learner insurance:
Check out car insurance groups
The higher the number of the group, the more expensive it will be, so you are likely to get cheaper insurance if you choose a car from a lower group.
Keep your miles down
If your mileage is low, your insurance should cost you less.
Look out for separate learner insurance policies
Having a separate policy can often be cheaper than adding a young driver to an existing policy plus it won’t risk the No Claims Bonus of whoever owns the car.
There are lots of choices, make sure you shop around and do a price comparison to make sure you find the best deal that suits your needs.
Get short term-cover for less
Marmalade offers learner driver insurance cover from as little as £85 a month for one to three month periods.