44% of drivers aged under 25 think learning to drive should be added to the school curriculum.
According to a survey by Young Driver, which provides driving lessons for under-17s on private roads, 39% of under-25s said they thought not being able to drive closes avenues of opportunity while 19% of motorists said they would be unable to do their job if they didn’t have a driving licence.
However, the study also revealed another important benefit of being able to drive – a boost in confidence and self esteem. 44% of drivers aged under 25 felt that driving gave them self-confidence they wouldn’t otherwise have, with 53% saying that passing their test gave them a ‘huge’ confidence boost.
That was felt to be important for teens against the backdrop of the 25% of parents who worry about how difficult it is in the modern day for youngsters to feel self-confident.
“Driving is a useful skill, which can open up a world of opportunities which might otherwise be impossible,” Young Driver’s Marketing Manager Laura White said. “But even beyond that, it also has the ability to give people a sense of freedom and confidence. 65% of the 1,000+ drivers we questioned said they enjoyed the feeling of freedom driving gave them, and our research also showed it gave people self-confidence they wouldn’t otherwise have.
“At Young Driver, we see it all the time – we’re teaching those who are not legally able to be on the road yet, sometimes as young as 10, but they get a massive boost when they know they’re controlling a car safely and can tackle a manoeuvre that even parents might struggle with.