The Weekly Roundup

Passing your driving test has long been seen as a rite of passage, but the rising cost of running a car is driving more and more young people off the roads. The Department for Transport’s recent National Travel Survey shows a sharp drop over the past 18 years in the number of young people holding a full driving licence. While in 1995, some 43% of 17- to 20-year-olds held a full driving licence, that has plunged to just 31%.

In other news, The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) is warning drivers about the potential risks associated with smart watches while driving. The latest piece of wearable technology from Apple will allow users to make and receive calls, check their messages and monitor their health by operating the device on their wrists However, the IAM warns that this could significantly impair driving performance – being a major cause for distraction and road accidents.

The Guardian: The cost of driving is keeping young people off the road

AM Online: Eight ways to boost your dealership's workshop performance

Matters Of Testing: Your questions answered: Does removing a passenger seat result in a fail?

RAC: Cheaper petrol helps to slow inflation

Fleet News: Smart watches impair driving performance, says the IAM

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