Think of driving lessons and the first thing that comes to mind is a keen 17-year-old. But there are all kinds of reasons why you might not choose to learn to drive as soon as you are able to apply for a provisional licence. Money is often a factor. Confidence – or lack thereof – deters a huge number of people. And in certain locations, it’s often simply not necessary or practical. If you have to pay for a parking space as well as a car and its upkeep, it can get really expensive. Especially when public transport can take you everywhere you need to go.

But learning to drive is a skill for life. And anyone can do it at any time – as long as they’re 17 years or older. And actually, far from being a barrier, age can often be a benefit when taking driving lessons. Here’s why.

Four Reasons Why You’re Never too Old to Learn to Drive

1. Focus

With absolutely no intention of disrespect for our younger students, the older you get, the better your concentration levels. And the better able you are to concentrate, the safer the driver you’ll become. More mature drivers are more focussed. Both in terms of concentration when learning driving skills, and the ability to ignore distractions when driving.

2. Confidence

Lack of confidence can be a significant problem for drivers of all ages. Many competent learners will fail driving test after driving test, because nerves get in the way. The older we get, the easier we find it to overcome our nerves. And to handle difficult situations. There’s no arguing against the fact that driving can be stressful. Adult learners are better able to handle that stress.

3. Caution

As a counterbalance to that, many younger drivers can be overconfident. With youth comes a sense of invincibility, which can prove dangerous on the road. With more life experience and life skills behind them, older learner drivers tend to be more cautious. And this can make them safer. In fact, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that more mature drivers are safer all round.

4. Observation

Older learners have also simply had more time as passengers than teens. And as unlikely as it sounds, this can offer a really useful period of observation. Older learner drivers have more understanding of the rules of the road, because they’ve imbibed them while watching others. This doesn’t mean that mature learners won’t need to study – and study – The Highway Code for the nuances. But it does mean that as an older learner, you will probably already be aware of much of its content. As well as much of what it takes to be a driver.

Learning to drive at any age can be daunting, difficult, but also deeply rewarding. Whether you’re 17 or 70, driving can give you freedom and control. It removes reliance upon other people. And it opens opportunities. As an older learner, you benefit from lower insurance premiums too, which can help keep costs down as you progress through your driving journey.

So, whether you’re in your 30s, 40s, 50s, or beyond, if you’re considering taking driving lessons, you only need to remember one thing. You can do this.

Because whoever said that ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’ hadn’t met you.

Start your driving lesson journey today, with DGN.