Learning to drive vital for young drivers

Learning to drive vital for young drivers

Research carried out earlier this year by Marmalade has found that almost 40% of young people learn to drive so that they are able to get to their place of work or education, and that many people would struggle to commute unless they could drive.

The majority of young people are concerned that they are not getting enough support and 61% believe it should be incorporated into the education system.

Transforming professional opportunities

These findings are supported Patrick Cantellow, a young driver and founder of a digital youth organisation. Public transport was holding him back, but with his licence his career is going from strength to strength:

“Being independent is crucial to me and my work. It’s opened up opportunities for my business that I would never have had before, and means that I can be much more reliable and flexible with meetings. I can also travel much further, meeting clients and attending conferences as far away as the Midlands and Newcastle. I would never have even considered this before.

“Before I passed my test, it got to the point where people didn’t want to book meetings with me because of the number of times I cancelled due to public transport disruptions. It used to take me over two hours to get to work, often having to sit outside for over half an hour in the rain waiting for connections. It now takes me 40 minutes in the car, saving me up to 14 hours a week just in my commute.”

Calling for change

We know that there is very little support for helping young drivers get on the road. In a Twitter poll conducted by Learner Driver Week, 61% of respondents believe that driving should be brought into the education system in order to make it accessible to everyone and help young people in obtaining this life-changing skill. Crispin Moger, CEO at Marmalade, agrees:

We’ve seen from both our case studies and the research data that young people feel unprepared for a lifetime of driving, despite it being crucial to their academic and professional development.

Public transport can be extremely expensive and isn’t an option for those who live in, or travel to, more remote areas. It’s unfair for someone to feel isolated and miss out on opportunities because they can’t drive.

Incorporating an element of driving education into the curriculum itself, or as an optional programme in schools and colleges during free periods or after school, could have a hugely beneficial impact.

It would also provide a fantastic opportunity to further explore the importance of safe driving with young people, a process which is usually done in relative isolation by the driver and their instructor.

Learning to drive and getting a car can be a confusing and daunting process, especially at a time when there’s already a lot of pressure with A-levels, first jobs and growing up. We strongly believe that young people should be given a helping hand.

We need to implement more support for young drivers to get them out on the road, and we think that incorporating its teaching into the national curriculum is the place to start.

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LDW 24 under 24

The LDW 24 under 24 is now closed.

The Learner Driver Week competition is now closed and all our wonderful 24 winners have been announced.

We will be returning next year for another action packed week of content and goodies but in the meantime don’t be a stranger – our news section and social channels are bursting with lots of useful news and tips to support you on your driving journey.