By Daniel Hunter

The single biggest reason young people are choosing not to learn to drive this summer is purely a financial one, claim the findings of a new report.

The summer months are traditionally the busiest period for new learner drivers who take advantage of better weather conditions and the school or college break to get their first taste of life behind the wheel.

However, figures from the Department for Transport show the number of 17 year olds taking their test has dropped by 17% since 2007/08 from 386,162 to 317,939 in 2011/12.

According to a poll carried out by insurance firm Marmalade, almost half of young people said a lack of finances and the rising cost of learning to drive were the biggest reasons for choosing not to learn to drive this summer.

Others said they were happy to stick to public transport, while others blamed parents for not allowing them to practice in the family car.

“Learning to drive is a rite of passage for all young people at some stage in their life, if they choose it, but soaring costs seem to be transforming this generation’s attitude to driving. We would advise they and their families shop around for the best deals when it comes to buying lessons,” said Crispin Moger, Marmalade’s managing director.

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