More Kiwi seniors are driving than 10 years ago, overtaking
the number of young drivers, who are increasingly opting for
The proportion of over 65s who drive has grown by about 10
per cent in the past decade to 91.4 per cent, according to a
survey by Roy Morgan.
This equates to about 170,000 more senior motorists on the
road, making over 65s the third largest bloc of road users,
behind 35- to 49-year-olds and 50- to 64-year-olds.
The research shows seniors are now more likely to drive than
Of those aged between 25 and 34, 87.6 per cent were drivers,
down from 91 per cent in 2003.
But the sharpest decline in driving was among 18- to
24-year-olds, down from 76 per cent 10 years ago to 70.4 per
Roy Morgan general manager Pip Elliott said more young people
were opting for buses and trains.
"The decline in driving among younger people correlates to an
increase in public transport usage," she said.
"For instance, in the year to August 2003, 25 per cent of all
25-34 year-olds travelled by bus within an average three
months; in the year to August 2013, this had risen to 30 per
New Zealand now has three million drivers, an increase of
almost 400,000 over the past decade, but the overall
proportion of drivers in the population has declined slightly
to 84.3 per cent.
The survey questioned more than 10,000 New Zealanders between
September 2012 and August 2013.