Almost half of drivers feel they would benefit from a refresher course, according to new figures from the AA.
The driving organisation polled its members, discovering that one in six British drivers say that they haven't driven for three years or longer, and have lost the skills and confidence required to drive successfully as a result.
Most drivers felt that training in speed awareness and night driving would be the most beneficial, with motorway driving being the least requested.
Asked why they had stopped driving, nearly one in five said they no longer enjoyed it or were scared to get behind the wheel.
AA President Edmund King said: “The car is a life-line for many people in our society, yet for some the quality of their life is affected due to lack of confidence behind the wheel."
The AA Charitable Trust is currently offering 2000 free packages of two one-hour sessions with a fully-qualified AA driving instructor, as part of its Drive Confident scheme.