Learner drivers “face too many obstacles”, says young driver insurer

Survey reveals young people’s biggest concerns

A census by Marmalade Insurance, 4 Young Drivers’ partner for new driver insurance, has found that driving lessons leave young people feeling unprepared for life behind the wheel.

There was general concern among young people that driving tests do not cover the essential skills needed.

  • 38% felt unprepared for motorway driving
  • 31% were worried about breaking down
  • 21% have concerns about vehicle safety and maintenance

This reflects similar findings in other surveys. In October 2016, we reported the results of an Opinion poll for CarGurus, in which almost half of all young drivers worried about their lack of car knowledge. In March 2015, research by Ingenie suggested that many 17 to 24-year olds felt inadequately prepared to deal with a crash.

More than 1,800 young and learner drivers took part in Marmalade’s census, which also revealed that:

  • 25% feel that optional driving lessons should be available at school
  • 25% think the cost of driving lessons should be subsidised by the government
  • 26% would like to see waiting times for driving tests reduced

These concerns prompted industry leaders, including Marmalade, the Approved Driving Instructor national Joint Council, Marmalade Network, Driving Test Success, iAM RoadSmart and Driving Instructor TV to come together to create Learner Driver Week, which ran from 24th to 30th July 2017.

The joint initiative aimed to educate, inspire and empower the UK’s 7.8 million provisional licence holders, guiding them to greater test success and more confident driving with news, insights, tips and competitions.

Crispin Moger, Marmalade’s CEO and key sponsor of Learner Driver Week, said, “At a time when young people are under pressure from A-level and university exams, their first jobs and the general stress of growing up - there are too many obstacles standing in the way of them picking up a life-changing skill. No-one should be stopped from driving based on the fact that they don't have the opportunity or the price is extortionate.

"We all are responsible for helping learner drivers; the insurance companies, the car manufacturers, the government and the instructors, to ensure that the process is thorough in its teachings, clear in its processes and fair in its pricing to support, rather than hinder, learner drivers in the UK."

4 Young Drivers has teamed up with Marmalade to offer affordable black box insurance policies to new young drivers.

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Released On 8th Aug 2017

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