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A recent survey conducted by the University of Michigan examined why a substantial percentage of young adults currently do not have a driver’s license, and the future plans of this group concerning obtaining a license. The survey yielded useable responses from 618 persons aged 18 to 39 without a driver’s license.

The top eight reasons (primary or secondary) for not having a driver’s license were as follows:

(1) Too busy or not enough time to get a driver’s license (37%)

(2) Owning and maintaining a vehicle is too expensive (32%)

(3) Able to get transportation from others (31%),

(4) Prefer to bike or walk (22%)

(5) Prefer to use public transportation (17%)

(6) Concerned about how driving impacts the environment (9%)

(7) Able to communicate and/or conduct business online instead (8%)

(8) Disability/medical/vision problems (7%).

Of the respondents, 22% indicated that they plan on never getting a driver’s license. On the other hand, 69% expect to get a driver’s license within the next five years. Young adults without a driver’s license – in comparison with the general population of the same age – tend to have less education and higher unemployment.

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