Nearly one million licence holders in Britain haven’t driven since passing their test, new research has revealed.
A poll conducted by comparethemarket.com also found that one in 10 of all licence-holders in Britain haven’t driven in the past year – with a crisis of confidence and financial barriers stopping them from getting behind the wheel.
More than a third of ‘parked’ motorists (37%) said the “costs of driving are too high”, while a quarter (25%) admitted they “no longer have the confidence to drive”.
Despite being statistically safer, women are much less confident drivers than men. Almost triple the number of women (12.5% vs 4.6%) admitted that they “don’t feel confident” behind the wheel compared to men, while three times more female ‘parked’ drivers (22% vs 7%) said they don’t drive because they “fear having an accident.”
This long-term lack of confidence is extremely tough to overcome, with half (50%) of all ‘parked’ drivers confessing that they “wouldn’t feel confident driving again”, while more than one in three (36%) stated that they wouldn’t drive again without professional refresher lessons.
Nearly one in 10 (9%) drivers said that they felt “pressured” to pass their test at a young age and a fifth (21%) admitted they didn’t actually consider the costs of driving before taking their test.
“Passing the driving test is a big moment in anyone’s life but this research shows that it’s not always the start of a motoring love affair,” said Simon McCulloch of comparethemarket.com.
“It can be extremely hard – and expensive – for ‘parked’ drivers to get back behind the wheel, and as this video shows it’s a good idea to take it slow and get professional help when you do hit the road again.”