As driving lessons and tests return, new figures from a leading car insurance comparison website show almost a third of all learner drivers are over 30 years of age.’s data also reveals that many motorists spend longer as learner drivers than might be expected, with almost a third (32.2%) holding a provisional licence for more than a decade.

Age no barrier

While the general picture of learners being young still rings true, with 60% of learner drivers in the sample aged between 16 and 25, and the average age for all learners clocking in at 26, it is common to find learners in their 40s – 8.7% of all learners – and even their 50s – 3.8%.

The advancing years have also not held back over 300 learners (out of a sample of 50,000 learner drivers) who could qualify for a UK pension. The research also found that more than 100 septuagenarians and octogenarians are renewing their interest in passing their driving tests. says demand for its learner premiums has rocketed 42% from 2019 to 2020, although the average age was still firmly rooted in the mid-20s.

The data was sourced from he company’s 2020 records covering a sample of 50,000 provisional drivers across the UK, with 15,000 of the sample over 30 years of age.

Welfare and working

Greg Wilson,’s Founder, comments: “School leavers or young professionals often come to mind as the typical learner driver. Our findings tell a more multifaceted story though, showing many people hold back on getting their full driving licence until they’re well into their 20s and beyond.

“There’s going to be lots of reasons why people hold off on learning to drive. Cost could be one answer, with the price of lessons and buying a car putting some provisional drivers off. But when it comes to insurance you shouldn’t have to pay over the odds even if you are a learner. I would say dust off your provisional licence and shop around for the best deal by using our comparison website to compare quotes.

“We’ve seen a big rise in learners looking into policies in 2020. Perhaps safety concerns using public transport have played a part in this surge, and with many services reduced, commuters are returning to the idea of having a car.  With lessons and tests returning and an economic bounce back looking promising, we expect more provisional licence holders to actively pursue their full licence this year.”


2020 data – Overall records: 50,000 Sample








26-30 incl



31-35 incl



36-39 incl



40-49 incl



50 –



Over 66 (UK pension age)













How long have provisional licences been held?



More than 5 years (2015)



More than 10 years (2010)



20 years plus (2000)