Generation Z does not need a license: only half of young people get a driver’s license. In comparison, 81% of baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) have a driver’s license. More than half of the students suspend their driving license the first time.
The driver’s license, that procedure that sometimes marks the transition from adolescence to adulthood, is gradually losing this role. Young people no longer see obtaining a permit as an important step to improve their quality of life and their mobility management. One of the main reasons for this thinking is the wide range of different options that they enjoy to be able to move in their environment.
The figures support this change in trend. Only 58% of Generation Z youth, those born after 1995, take the driver’s license test. Compared to their parents’ generation, the baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1964 ), this percentage represents a large drop. Of this last fifth, 81% did obtain a driving license.
With regard to the rest of the generations, of those belonging to Generation X (1965-1985) 78% have a card and among the millennials (1985-1995), 74%.
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People under 40 years of age use public transport more frequently for their daily commutes, such as the subway and the bus . When it comes to leisure plans, they prefer to bet on taxis and VTCs , although people between 18 and 25 years old still prefer collective transport, mainly for an economic reason.
The reasons for this gap in the use of private transport and, therefore, holding back the granting of new driving licenses is the consideration that there are great options for urban mobility and, at the same time, the cost and maintenance involved in purchasing a private vehicle.
In addition, young people who do opt to obtain their license do so to enjoy greater freedom of movement and comfort, while previous generations took the exam for work reasons , since sometimes having the B permit can be determinant to obtain a job.