44% of drivers aged under 25 think learning to drive should be added to the school curriculum.
According to a survey by Young Driver, which provides driving lessons for under 17s on private roads, 39% of under 25s said they thought not being able to drive closes avenues of opportunity while 19% of motorists said they would be unable to do their job if they didn't have a driving licence.
However, the study also revealed another important benefit of being able to drive - a boost in confidence and self esteem. 44% of drivers aged under 25 felt that driving gave them self confidence they wouldn't otherwise have, with 53% saying that passing their test gave them a 'huge' confidence boost.
That was felt to be important for teens against the backdrop of the 25% of parents who worry about how difficult it is in the modern day for youngsters to feel self confident.
"Driving is a useful skill, which can open up a world of opportunities which might otherwise be impossible," Young Driver's Marketing Manager Laura White said. "But even beyond that, it also has the ability to give people a sense of freedom and confidence. 65% of the 1,000+ drivers we questioned said they enjoyed the feeling of freedom driving gave them, and our research also showed it gave people self confidence they wouldn't otherwise have.
"At Young Driver, we see it all the time - we're teaching those who are not legally able to be on the road yet, sometimes as young as 10, but they get a massive boost when they know they're controlling a car safely and can tackle a manoeuvre that even parents might struggle with.