Comparing full driving licences between men and women

Figures show more men have a full driving licence than women in the UK.

A study on the Data Government website shows between the ages of 15 to 106, more men typically have driving licences compared to women.

The only exception to this rule is at the age of 106 where one female had a full driving licence whereas no male had a driving licence at this age.

The trend started at the age of 16 where there was a boom and 1,024 males had full driving licences in comparison to 44 females.

Although the legal age to drive a car in the UK is 17, it is legal for a 16 year old to hold a driving licence to drive a moped.

There is a drop in accumulation of driving licences for both men and women at the age of 35. The Bureau of Transport Statistics argue people stop getting driving licences at this age due to practical reasons which include the cost of owning a car, and the fact the transport system is constantly improving meaning there is little need for people to own a car in some areas of the UK as it is more practical to use public transport.

However, men and women begin to gain driving licences again at the age of 36 until the age of 48 when the growth of driving licences begins to decline again.

The number of driving licences continues to deteriorate for both men and women until the age of 65 where there is a small boom in driving licences and then the figure steadily drops for both men and women.

Studies conducted by the Bureau of Transport Statistics also show more people over the age of 65 are using public transport. This is because it is more difficult to renew your driving licence after this age and so some people may be forced to use public transport because they cannot renew their driving licence.

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