Decrease in the number of young people learning to drive

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A new study published as part of the Department for Transport's National Travel Survey suggests that there are fewer teenagers learning to drive than ever before.

According to the RAC, many are blaming the growing costs of certain aspects of motoring.

The annual poll, which had around 16,000 respondents, found that men aged from 17 to 20 had the most significant fall in driving rates.

The number of men in this age group who passed their test in their late teens was just over half (51%) in the mid-1990s, however this figure has now fallen to around a third.

The number of young women on the road has shown a similar decrease, although the fall has not been as pronounced.

Financial reasons were found to be the key reason young people weren't getting behind the wheel, with cost concerns being cited by half of the young people questioned. Most notably, they mentioned the high price of driving lessons and insurance premiums.

In comparison, more people aged over 70 are choosing to drive than at any other time since the survey began 50 years ago.

According to the survey, the amount of men and women aged over 70 still on the roads has shot up from 32% of men and 4% of women in 1960 to 81% and 50%, respectively.

Meanwhile, the number of journeys taken per person in England has fallen to its lowest level since records began, dropping to an average of 914 last year, down from a high of 1,094 in 1995/97.

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