The biggest motivating factors for people to get their driving licence have been revealed.
According to research from the AA Driving School, one-fifth of drivers aged between 18 and 24 years old want to pass their practical test in time for the summer.
This was followed by 19 per cent who want to do it for a work commitment, and the same number again who want their licence before starting further education.
Camilla Benitz, AA Driving School managing director, said: “Having a driving licence is a gateway to independent adult life for many young people. It opens up the door to more education and employment opportunities.”
She noted that young people might be under more pressure these days to pursue further education or jobs than previous generations, in which case there is a greater incentive to pass their test.
The fourth biggest motivation for getting a licence is to enable them to leave their childhood home, followed by wanting to drive independently before their birthday.
Nearly two-thirds of young drivers have given themselves a deadline to work towards for their test, which is significantly higher than other age groups at just 21 per cent.
In comparison, 81 per cent of drivers over the age of 65 have no ambition to pass their test by a certain date.
The findings also showed that November is the most popular month of the year for driving lessons, as this gives learners enough time to get their driving licence by the summer and the new academic term.
Earlier this year, the waiting time for a driving test was more than five months in 66 towns and cities in the UK, so learners may be inclined to book as soon as possible.
As well as learning how to drive, it is important to understand car maintenance, such as when your vehicle needs its water changing or a new windscreen.