posted 2 years ago

10 reasons twenty somethings don’t drive

Why manufacturers are working harder to attract a new generation of motorists

Learning to drive and getting a car are two of the biggest rites of passage in early adulthood, so why are so many twenty somethings turning their backs on cars?

Cost of insurance

It is regularly reported that the cost of car insurance for young drivers is significantly higher than in any other age group. The average cost is around £2,000, often a lot more than the car was originally bought for.

Congestion charge

Since London introduced the congestion charge, people now have to pay £11.50 per car per day to travel into the capital, a cost that a lot can’t afford to pay on a regular basis.

Cost of learning to drive 

The number of 16-19 year olds learning to drive has dropped by a fifth in recent years. It’s no surprise when lessons are approximately £24 per hour. On top of that, there’s the theory test, costing £25, and the practical test, which is £62.


Not having a car means not having the stress of parking. First there is trying to find somewhere to park, and then you usually have to pay an extortionate amount to park for a few hours.

Rush hour

Rush hour is the time of the day most drivers dread the most. It’s even more annoying seeing those on buses sail past in the bus lane with a smug look on their faces, while you’re stuck in traffic.


Of course one of the main rules of driving is ‘don’t drink and drive’. So by not driving or having a car, they can’t be roped into being a free taxi for everyone.

Further Education

Due to the economic crisis, more people are choosing to go to University. At uni everything is fairly close, so few students feel the need to have their own car while they study.

Cost of running a car

Once the car has been bought and insured, the costs don’t stop. First there’s petrol, then tax, an MOT and service, plus anything else which might go wrong. It is definitely not a cheap hobby.

Prioritising earnings

Many people are struggling to get onto the property ladder. Even with the ‘Help to Buy’ scheme, a 5% deposit is still needed, something which is incredibly difficult to do anyway, let alone having a car to run on top of it.

Environmental concerns

Running a car of course releases lots of emissions into the atmosphere, something which many are against. When the price of more environmentally friendly cars drops, we may see more taking to the roads.

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