Young drivers descend
A few years ago, getting a driver's license as soon as the 18th springs were completed was the dream of many. Now, perhaps because of the effect of the crisis and the high costs of tuition to learn to drive, the number of young drivers (between 18 and 21 years old) that circulate on our roads has descended more than 30 percent compared to 2009.
Precisely in 2009, of the more than 1.4 million young people between 18 and 21 years old in Spain, more than 580,000 had a type B driver's license, a figure that has fallen to 399,655 drivers under the age of 21 in 2015 , according to a study prepared by Segurojoven.com
Drivers under 21 and women at the wheel
According to the authors of the report, it is striking that in 2009 drivers under the age of 21 accounted for more than 3.2 percent of the total number of car drivers in Spain, a percentage that has fallen to 2.1 percent. cent, which also means that There has been a noticeable aging of Spanish drivers.
If you look at the data separated by sex, there are more young males with a driver's license (51.6 percent of permits for people between 18 and 21 years old), but the total census shows that the women are the majority at the wheel on the roads: they represent 53.6 percent of type B driving licenses in our country.
In general, the decrease of young drivers on our roads has been distributed unevenly in the years of crisis and it seems that the stabilization of the figures of recent years indicates that Soon the number of drivers could increase again if they improve the economic data at the national level.
Angela R. Bonachera