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Rise in parent driving lessons responsible for lower pass rate?

Young drivers are relying on their mum and dad for driving lessons more than ever – and it could be having a negative effect when it comes to passing first time.

The use of parent driving tuition has increased by 25 per cent over the last two decades, rising from 52 per cent in 1994 to 77 per cent in 2014, according to a study by breakdown provider Green Flag.

Tuition with a driving instructor, meanwhile, dropped from 50 to 34 per cent over the same period, while the chance of passing first time decreased from 48 to 42 per cent, suggesting parent-taught bad habits could be to blame.

Boys saw a 15 per cent drop in first time success, from 54 to 39 per cent. Girls bucked the trend with an increase of three per cent to 46 per cent. Speaking of the fairer sex, the number of mums teaching their kids to drive has nearly trebled since 1994.

The study also looked into who buys the first car. 56 per cent of parents are bearing the cost in 2014, compared to 56 per cent in 1994. The number of drivers who buy their own car fell from 30 to 24 per cent. Cars ‘paid for on finance’ dropped from 11 per cent to an almost non-existent one per cent. 

As for why Brits are using their cars, 33 per cent said it was for pleasure, compared with 56 per cent in 1994, while the school run increased from 16 per cent to 33 per cent. There was also an increase in driving around to get the kids to sleep, from four to seven per cent.

The study looked at 1,000 Brits and was carried out by Cencuswide UK. The results coincide with Green Flag’s 20th anniversary.

With the average cost of learning to drive at more than £1,000, it’s no wonder learners are turning to cheaper alternatives closer to home.