Is it fear that’s keeping teens from getting a drivers license?

National survey says a parent’s fear has impact too

Is it fear that’s keeping teens from getting a drivers license?
A new study shows fear is the number one reason teens aren't getting their driver's license. (Source: Pixabay)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A national survey found one in four unlicensed teens are too afraid to get behind the wheel.

Is it fear that’s keeping teens from getting a drivers license?

The Zebra, the nation’s leading car insurance search engine, took an online survey of more than 600 teens and asked why fewer and fewer of them are itching to get their drivers licenses when they become legal to do so.

Fear was the number one answer, at 23 percent, over reasons like high costs, environmental concerns and a preference to be driven around by parents.

The report quoted one 18 year-old girl who said, “I don’t drive because I’m scared of it. When I do try I get anxiety.”

The study also asked more than 600 parents why they thought their teen didn’t have their license yet and only 12.5 percent thought fear was the number one answer.

But a huge number of those same parents, 58 percent, said they are scared of their teen driving and the report suggest some of that fear might be impacting their teens choice.

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