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According to a new survey conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of Volvo Cars, the quality and accessibility of driver education is declining, with Americans seeking a more modern and comprehensive approach to learning how to drive.

Zs stymied by written + practical driving tests, concerned about long-term retention of material

To better comprehend the effectiveness of current driver’s education programs, Volvo set out to explore how Americans of all ages learned to drive, what information was available and also retained, and what they think needs to be changed or updated in the driver’s ed process. The full results are published in Volvo Reports: The State of Driver Education, the latest in a series of Volvo Reports from Volvo Car USA and The Harris Poll, that explores the ever-changing relationship between Americans and their vehicles.

Today’s driver education system falls short of expectations

While maneuvering around traffic cones in an empty parking lot was once a hallmark of the American high school experience, access to public driver’s education is dwindling and many are questioning the quality of the education materials. While 95% of students had access to public driver’s ed in the 1970s1, only 10 states in the US have dedicated public education programs currently, despite an overwhelming number of Americans (9 in 10) that support its inclusion.

Americans are calling for updated curriculum & tech tools to revitalize driver’s ed

Americans Believe the Driver’s Test is Antiquated

  • More than half (52%) of Americans feel that driver’s education is outdated.
  • Three in five drivers agree that today’s driver’s test is designed to be passed, as opposed to truly testing one’s driving skills (60%).
  • 1 in 3 licensed drivers spent less than 20 hours behind the wheel prior to taking their driving test (28%).
  • 41% of licensed drivers urge states to mandate a minimum of 50+ hours behind the wheel.
    • While requirements vary at the state level, they mandate an average of 46 hours behind the wheel, but 16 states require 40 hours or less.
  • With a reduction in public driver’s education programs, parents are taking on a bigger role in the process, as most drivers cite their parents as their most influential driving teacher – two times as many as those who named an instructor.

Parents seek to fill gaps in today’s driver education system


This survey was conducted online within the United States by The Harris Poll on behalf of Volvo from May 21-29, 2019, among 2,000 licensed adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

1 – According to the American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association (ADTSEA)

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