Nearly half of young drivers think driving should be taught in schools

Learning to drive should be added to the school curriculum, according to 44% of drivers aged under 25.

That was the key finding of a survey conducted by Young Driver, which provides driving lessons for under-17s on private roads.It found that 39% of under-25s believe that being unable to drive closes avenues of opportunity, and that 19% couldn’t do their job if they didn’t have a licence.

The research also revealed that being able to drive boosts confidence and self-esteem.Some 44% of drivers aged under 25 said driving gave them a confidence they wouldn’t otherwise have, with 53% declaring that passing their test was a ‘huge’ confidence boost.

“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.