Nearly one million motorists never drive after passing their test

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A study has found that around two per cent of motorists have not driven since passing their driving tests.

Of the 3,002 drivers questioned during the survey, which was conducted by price-comparison site CompareTheMarket.com, two per cent had not got behind the wheel of a car since passing their test. Another 10 per cent claimed not to have driven in the previous 12 months.


With 45 million driving licences issued in Britain, those numbers suggest that 900,000 motorists who've passed their test have never taken up the opportunity to drive.

According to 37 per cent of those respondents, the cost of driving is too high, while 25 per cent said they had lost the confidence to drive.

One of the factors behind this is that more people pass their test at the age of 17 than at any other age, and 21 per cent of young drivers admitted during the survey that they hadn't looked into the costs of driving before taking their test.

The statistics show that although women are less likely to be involved in accidents, they're also less confident drivers. Almost three times as many women admitted to not feeling confident on the road, while 22 per cent who haven't driven since passing their test said they don't drive because they're scared of having a crash. This compares with just seven per cent of men.

Simon McCulloch, commercial director of CompareTheMarket.com, said, "It can be extremely hard – and expensive – for 'parked' drivers to get back behind the wheel. It's a good idea to take it slow and get professional help when you do hit the road again."