Sky high costs putting thousands off taking driving test
It seems there may be a lot fewer first-time motorists seeking car insurance quotes in the next few years with the news that the number of people taking driving test has taken a sharp drop
Recent government figures have revealed that the number of people taking tests has plummeted by 200,000 in the last five years.
Unsurprisingly, this drop has been attributed to the soaring cost of driving by motoring group.
The Department of Transport revealed that in the period between April 2007 and March 2008, 1,762, 148 people took their practical driving test in the UK. The latest figures show that, between April 2011 and March 2012, 1,569,069, attempted to gain their full driving licence.
Motoring groups including the RAC, the AA and the Institute of Advanced Motoring believe these figures will have far-reaching consequences across the UK economy as whole. They feel it will be more difficult for people to find jobs and that this in rural areas will be the hardest hit.
Emma Radwanski from Dorset told BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat programme that not being able to driving makes her life a lot more difficult.
The 20-year-old lives eight miles outside Bournemouth, but can’t afford to pay for driving lessons, leaving her stranded in the Dorset countryside.
“It makes it a lot harder to get a job,” she said. “It makes it harder to go and see my friends and it makes it harder just to go and do anything like the cinema or shopping.”
It’s not just the £143 it costs to take the theory and practical driving tests, there are additional costs which are keeping many young drivers off the road, such high car insurance premiums, the soaring cost of fuel and the maintenance of the car, which includes servicing and MOT.
We know all drivers, from learners to folks with a few miles under their belt are being priced off the road across the UK, here at QuantumCars we try to do our bit by helping you find the cheapest car insurance possible. Put us to the test today and see how much you could save.