Surveys suggest that most young people do want to learn to drive and the Young Driver’s debate confirmed this. However it is important to be aware that the target audience of 16 – 18 year olds will not all learn to drive as soon as it is legal to do so.


Some young people who live in large cities see little point in driving because:

  • There is a good public transport infrastructure
  • Parking is problematic
  • Driving is expensive
  • Owning a car is prohibitively expensive
  • Driving may restrict socialising
  • Taxis are plentiful

Some young people may choose to adopt a greener option and use a variety of travel options such as train and bicycle.

For more information on public transport visit Traveline Scotland.

Rural areas

In rural areas of Scotland young people can be dependent on the car, either as drivers themselves or having friends and family with cars. There are neither buses nor taxis and parking is generally plentiful.


In both urban and rural Scotland there are young people travelling with their friends in cars. The car provides independence, freedom to go where they want when you want and not rely on parents. However, travelling with peers can have its own pitfalls and may provoke risky behaviour.

Include everyone

It’s important to incorporate all of these groups into your training session.