How much does it really cost to learn to drive?

L PlateLearning to drive is an invaluable lifelong skill, but passing your test doesn’t come cheap. Parents may want to look away as we add-up the real cost of learning to drive.

Provisional Driving Licence Before you even sit behind the wheel the expenses start adding-up. The first thing you need is a provisional driving licence which you can apply for shortly before your 16th birthday although you’ll have to wait another year before you can drive a car. You can apply for a provisional licence online or via the Post Office. Cost: £50.00

Driving Lessons It’s impossible to say how many driving lessons you will need to pass your test, but the Driving Standards Agency has calculated an average of 47 lessons and 22 hours private practice.

Driving lessons vary in price (and quality) across the country, but cost an average of £24.00 adding-up to an eye-watering total of £1,128.00. Discounts can be had for block bookings and you can further cut costs by booking an intensive driving course. Cost: £1,128.00

Swotting Up There are all sorts of online resources and Apps designed to help you pass the theory test, but the DSA still recommends the following good old fashioned paperbacks:  The Official Highway Code (£2.50), The Official DSA Theory Test for Car Drivers (£14.99) Know your Traffic Signs (£4.99) Cost: £22.48

Driving Theory Test Learners need to pass the theory test before booking their practical test. It’s a two part test with multiple choice questions designed to test your knowledge of The Highway Code and Driving Skills) and a video clip based ‘hazard perception’ part.  Cost: £25.00

Practical Driving Test Once you have mastered reverse parking and emergency stopping it’s time to take your practical driving test. It can be a nerve wracking experience and the majority of learners don’t pass first time (government statistics show a 47% pass rate). It makes sense to take the test in the car that you’ve been learning in and book a lesson beforehand to refresh your skills and calm your nerves. Cost: £62.00 (weekdays) £75.00 (weekends).

Assuming that you pass both tests first time that’s an average of nearly £1,300.00. It’s a considerable investment and that’s before you’ve even bought a car! To help young drivers get on the road we have teamed up with a number of providers specialising in affordable insurance. For a quick online quote visit Quoteline Direct or Tel: 0161 874 8029 to speak with a consultant.



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