Young people 'put off' driving

The number of young people taking driving tests has dropped almost a fifth in the past five years as the economic downturn, high insurance costs and demographic changes begin to transform a generation's relationship with cars.

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Your views: Young drivers 'priced out'

You've been contacting us on our Facebook, about the high cost of driving. It seems fewer young drivers are getting behind the wheel. Here's some of your thoughts - and, remember, tell us what you think on our Meridian Facebook page.

I'm 17 and would rather spend £14 on a bus ticket than the £1500 odd it would to get me on the road. I'm not driving because although I would live to its just not worth the cost.

– Henry Ellison

The only way i can afford my insurance is by being a named driver on my dads insurance!

– Becca Field, from Kent

Lessons are around £20 a time, say 10 lessons - at least - that's £200; then theory test is £30ish - I can't remember how much test was but say £70. Then a car, mine was £3000 for a 1.3 ka. And my insurance was £1400 aged 18. That's a total of £4700!!! If it wasn't for my family being so generous for my birthday I wouldn't be driving!! It's a joke.

– Amy Shrives, from Chichester

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