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No driving for me: Zoomers steering away from traditional driving

Gen Z says no to driving

As much as driving was a passion for generation Y, the generation Z has backed off in some way. It is noted that in contrast to previous generations, a large number of Zoomers do not seem to be in a hurry to get their drivers’ licenses. Based on the recent MarketWatch Guides study, only 3.6% of the licensed drivers in US are below 19 years of age and 11 percent are below 25. In the same way, drivers from the age range 30 to 34 years make up 9% of the drivers.

Different reasons for the trend

Several reasons can be identified, which explain this trend. Accessibility of the ride-hailing apps & the existence of public transport offers a viable option to the use of personal car. Other factors include financial factors, including the high cost of obtaining student loans and the cost of living, which makes many young adults hesitant to pay for the additional costs of owning a car including the maintenance bills and insurance costs.

Another insight offered by David Straughan, an automotive journalist, is that the symbolism associated with driving has changed for Generation Z drastically: the tradition of receiving a license no longer holds the same allure as it used to. Quantitative information originating from the Federal Highway Administration reveals that, in 2021, only one quarter of the eligible people had a license, this is a significantly reduced figure in comparison to the approximately 46% of those years of age recorded before the eighties. It also appears that Gen Z is less comfortable accepting the current norms as the only way they have to go and looks for changes.

Role of Urban Living:

Urban living also influences this trend. In cities, public transportation, taxis, and rideshare services are readily available, reducing the necessity for personal vehicles. In rural areas, however, driving remains essential due to limited transportation options.

Social media and virtual communication have lessened the need for in-person meetups, further reducing the demand for driving among young people. Additionally, the rise in remote work since the COVID-19 pandemic means fewer people need to commute. Mental health concerns might also contribute to this shift. Gen Z, often labeled the “anxious generation,” may fear car accidents more than previous generations. Straughan notes that car accidents are a significant risk, making driving a daunting prospect for many.

Its tech over tyres

Overall, these factors indicate a cultural shift as Gen Z redefines the teenage rite of passage, prioritizing tech over tires and questioning the necessity of driving.

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