Nearly a third of non-drivers plan to learn to drive in 2016 according to a survey.
Research from Direct Line Car Insurance found that 32% of people who have not yet learnt to drive planned to do so this year.
Thirty-five percent of non-drivers said they wanted to drive because they were getting to a certain age and realised they needed to drive. Work was cited by 17% as the reason to learn while 22% said they were now able to afford lessons.
An overwhelming majority (95%) of prospective drivers would be taught to drive by a driving school instructor; however one in five of 18-34 year olds planned to ask their parents.
The top reason why non-drivers had not yet learnt to drive was because they didn’t have the money for lessons at 43% while a further third (31%) didn’t have the money to buy and/or run a car and one in five (21%) lived in areas where public transport is sufficient so they have never felt the need to learn to drive- rising to 39% of non-drivers living in London.
An additional one in five (19%) non-drivers are fearful of driving and thinks it’s too dangerous. This figure rises to over a quarter (26%) of female non-drivers compared to 6% of males.
Wendy Pearson, head of marketing at Direct Line commented: “It’s great to see so many non-drivers planning to push themselves and learn to drive in 2016. New Year resolutions are so often to do with diet and exercise and it’s impressive to see people trying to learn something new. Driving also opens up an array of new employment and leisure opportunities.”