Learning to drive as an adult


It’s common knowledge that most people are in their late teens or early twenties when they first learn to drive. While the average age of new drivers may seem to be in their teen’s, more people are learning to drive in their 30’s. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. Many things happen in life that put people off from learning to drive when they’re in their teens. Saving for college or university is right up there, along with becoming very busy in the working world and the costs involved. In many ways, learning to drive in your 30’s can be just as easy as it would have been if you had learned in your teens.

One of the main reasons that people in their 30’s decide to learn to drive is out of necessity. It’s quite often due to relocating or getting a new job or position in the company that forces someone to learn to drive. Maybe they just feel it’s time. Perhaps living in a community with a very good public transit system helps them place learning to drive on the backburner.

The average cost of learning to drive can be very expensive, especially if you were saving for college or university at the same time. Driving just wasn’t that important for many people, especially if their friends drove and were able to help them get around. But times have changed. Learning to drive is probably a good thing now.

Having a full-time job seems to take up a lot of time and maybe more time than school or university did. However, there’s a good chance you’re much better at time management now than you were when you were a teen or in your early 20’s. This may be especially true if you have children. All those years of getting your kids to their activities including swimming lessons, sports practice and family activities has trained you for finding the time in your life to add driving lessons for yourself. Besides, if you schedule your in-car lessons for after work, it could have the added bonus of a ride home.

Once you’ve decided that learning to drive is something you need to do, not just want to do, you’ll be able to make it work financially. There’s a good chance your finances will be stronger and in better shape in your adulthood, so you can budget for all of the costs associated to learning to drive.

Many teenagers will put additional pressure on themselves to learn to drive and of course tell all their friends about it and when they’ll be going for their driver’s test. They’ll often take lessons with friends and if they aren’t doing as well as their friend, will add pressure on themselves to learn faster. The added maturity of being an adult is in your favour. There seems to be less peer pressure learning to drive in your 30’s. You’re going at your pace, not someone else’s pace.

Another advantage to learning to drive in your 30’s is you’ll have a greater chance of using logic to help you make better driving choices as opposed to using emotions to make impulse decisions like a teen driver may use. This is because your brain is fully developed in your later 20’s and on. Another good reason to know that learning to drive well past your teens is really a good thing. So, go for it!