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[INFOGRAPHIC] The Costs of Learning to Drive

If you’re starting to learn to drive, then I’m sure that you’ve been pre-warned about the costs involved with learning to drive. You’re probably getting fed up with all of the people asking you if you can afford it.

If you’re new to driving, it’s usually a pretty good idea to get to grips with the costs that you will need to cover. Fortunately, we created this free infographic that you can download and use as a reference going forward.

It’s a simple guide that explains the average costs of learning to drive in the UK. You can even share it with your friends and family on social media

Free Download: You can download our free Infographic detailing the costs of learning to drive here.

Cost of Learning to Drive Infographic

The average costs of learning to drive in the UK:

We did a little research before creating this awesome infographic. These following points will help you gauge how much it actually costs to learn to drive. Unfortunately, if you thought you could fly through, keeping things relatively cheap – I’m afraid you’ve been misinformed and a lot of surprises await you.

1. The Cost of Driving Lessons

Arguably the first expense that most new drivers think of.

It’s always a good idea to do your research and see how much driving lessons cost in your area. Fortunately, there are a few little tricks that you can implement in an effort to get hold of some cheaper driving lessons.

Let’s take a look at this example:

The cost of driving lessons in Blackburn with driveJohnson’s is currently priced at £20.00 for new drivers. The DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) predicts that on average, a new pupil will need at least 45 hours of driving lessons to pass.

After researching we found that the average costs for a driving lessons in major cities in the UK is £21.78 per lesson.

That comes to a grand total of £980.22 based on the UK’s average. However, with driveJohnsons that figure comes down to an impressive £900 – That’s a saving of £80.22!

If you want to save money on driving lessons, consider looking at driving schools and instructors that operate in the areas that surround your town or city. In some cases, instructors may be willing to travel to you in order to gain a new pupil. If so, they may even be cheaper than schools within the city.

Costs of Learning to Drive UK

2. Having Learner Driver Insurance for Driving

Sticking with the theme of the DVSA, they also recommend that new drivers have 22 hours of private driving tuition as well as the 45 hours alongside a qualified driving instructor:

That’s great… but there are additional costs to this too. For example, you’ll need a car that you can learn to drive in, most pupils tend to use a parents vehicle with them supervising.

Of course, you’re going to need insurance to make sure you’re covered for any incidents that may occur when you’re behind the wheel. We looked into the costs of cover for learners on a provisional license:

30 days of cover (enough to get you through 22 hours of private driving) has an average cost of £107.13.

3. Taking Your Theory Test

If you’ve done your research, you’ll know that you cannot take a practical driving test until you have passed the Theory Training. Another cost of learning to drive is the fee that you need to pay in order to take the test.

The UK theory test is split into two main sections; Hazard Perception and Multiple Choice questions that cover everyday driving scenarios.

In order to pass the theory test, you must achieve a pass mark no lower than 86% for the general theory questions and 56% for the hazard perception.

The cost of a theory test is £23. It’s advised that you pass your theory training before you begin taking driving lessons as you will be able to take advantage of cancellations at test centres if your practical driving is at a test standard and you have completed the theory training.

4. Your Practical Driving Test

For the sake of the this post on the costs of learning to drive, we went on the basis that you could only get a practical driving test on a weekday evening:

The costs of taking your practical test does differ slightly, depending on the time of day that you’re due to be examined. For example:

  • A weekday driving test is priced at £62
  • A driving test taken during the evening, weekend or bank holiday is £75

Paying for Practical Test

5. Getting a Provisional Driving License

You may, or may not be aware that before you can start learning to drive – you need to obtain a valid UK Provisional driving license:

If you’re a little unsure of how to order one – you can order a provisional driving license here from the GOV.uk website. Now that you have a provisional license you can start learning to drive by booking driving lessons in Wakefield or other locations such as Dewsbury, Basildon and other major towns and cities in the UK.

A provisional driving license costs £43.00 if you apply via post. However, you can obtain your provisional license for a cheaper price of £34.00 if you apply online.

6. Additional Driver Training Materials

When you start learning to drive, all you want to know if how long will it take to pass and how much will learning to drive cost?

A great way to speed up the process of your learning experience is by purchasing a driver training CD-ROM.

These cost effective training discs include all of the following and put you in a great position to pass faster:

  • Theory Test Training
  • Hazard Perception Training
  • Practical Driving Lesson Preparation
  • Mock Driving Tests
  • Show Me, Tell Me Questions and more

Driver training CD-ROM’s can be purchased from as little as £9.99.

7. Learner and New Driver Plates

You’ll have the “L” plates already positioned on your driving instructors vehicle when you begin to take lessons.

However, as we mentioned earlier in this post, its recommended that you do what you can get in an additional 22 hours of private driving lessons. If you do go ahead with this, you will need to purchase “L Plates” to position on your vehicle.

These plates signal to other road users that you’re a new driver currently under tuition. However, this doesn’t mean you can do what you like on the road. You must always remain cautious and be aware of potential hazards and obstacles.

“P Plates” on the other hand represent a new driver that has recently passed their practical driving test. Again, just like the L plate, they provide other drivers with sufficient warning that you’re new to driving on your own, without an instructor or examiner.

Both L and P plates can be purchased easily from supermarkets, auto stores and various other retail locations. These plates usually cost £10 on average.

Recap on Driving Expenses:

Hopefully by now, you’ve got a pretty good idea of the costs involved with learning to drive.

Unfortunately, learning to drive isn’t cheap. However, using this guide on the costs of learning to drive, you can begin to prepare yourself for driving tuition and gaining your license.

When you do begin to take driving lessons in Basildon, London or any location, the important thing to remember is to listen to what your driving instructor has to say. After all – they are fully qualified instructors and know exactly what it takes to pass safely, and quickly.

Is there a way to get driving lessons cheaper? – If you want cheap driving lessons, a great way to do so is through an intensive driving course. In short… you book a series of driving lessons over a shorter period of time, increasing the rate of your learning experience. Intensive driving courses have proven to be a cheaper way of passing your driving test quickly.

How to prepare for your theory test

How to prepare for your theory test is something that many people ask us and our driving instructors. Theory tests take a lot of revision and practice if you wish to pass first time as the grade boundaries are so close to each other and every mark does count! Below are some quick tips on how to prepare for your theory test.

The Importance of Preparing for Your Theory Test

Although you can have as many attempts as you want at the theory test it does cost £25 each time to take the test. Also the waiting time can be up to 4 weeks in some towns/cities. If you keep failing the theory test through poor preparation, this can also knock your confidence when it comes to doing your test again. If you’re learning to drive whilst failing the theory this may even affect your performance in your driving lessons.

Highway Code

Knowing the Highway Code is crucial if you want to pass your theory test as these are the rules set by the UK government to ensure that animals, pedestrians, other drivers, cyclists and motorcyclists are safe when you are driving on the road. Make sure you have memorised the Highway Code before you sit your theory!

Traffic Signs

A great way of practicing and learning your road signs is by using our free theory test training (exclusive to driveJohnson’s pupils). Also,  asking family/friends to question on different road signs whilst you’re a passenger is another great way and also understand why they are there at the time.

Online Mock

We highly recommend that before you pay for your theory test and sit it, you take a couple of online mock theory tests so you can get used to what type of questions might come up when sitting the test. This should make you more confident when doing the test, boosting your confidence to pass!
Hazard Perception.

Take ID

When going to sit your test, ensure you have your provisional licence with you. You no longer need the paper part, so don’t worry if you can’t find that. Unfortunately if you don’t have your provisional licence with you – you will not be able to sit the test.

Tip from a past driveJohnson’s Pupil:

One of our pupil’s who recently passed their theory ‘Louise Hutchinson’ said the following

“I’m learning with Pete Thomas in  Nottingham at the moment and has was spending at least 1 hour of my 2 hour lessons questioning me on every possible road sign we approached. I started practising this with my mum/dad and it really helps.

 

Indian and Pakistani driving instructors

Qualified Indian and Pakistani Instructors Available

Are you looking for Indian and Pakistani driving instructors?

Welcome to driveJohnson’s driving school. If you’re looking for an indian or Pakistani driving instructor then we may be able to help you.

 

We have fully qualified driving instructors that can speak the Punjabi and Urdu language fluently. So when you’re learning to drive you can learn in your first language and then when it comes to your driving test, your driveJohnson’s instructor can act as your driving test translator/interpreter.

 

We have driving instructors speaking Punjabi and Urdu available for driving lessons in the following areas:

Bedford 

Coventry

Leighton Buzzard

London

Luton

Milton keynes

Northampton

 

Most of our instructors can cover up to a 20 mile radius of the above areas mentioned. If you live any further away then you may need to come to us.

pupil pass in Milton Keynes

Thiviya Thanapalasingam passed first time with just 1 minor fault thanks driveJohnson’s instructor ‘Ifet’.

 

If you would prefer for one of our instructors to call you direct then all you have to do is text ‘Lesson’ followed by your name and the chosen language you require to 07909 842908. We will then arrange an instructor that speaks your chosen language to call you with more information.

 

 

Driving in the rain tips

Having a driving lesson in the rain for the 1st time can be daunting, but it has to be done. It’s important to learn to drive in the rain if possible, especially before you take your driving test.

If you have a good instructor he/she should make you aware of a few points before you commence driving in the rain.

Driving in Wet Conditions

 

1. How the windscreen wipers work. Especially before a driving test- This sounds so silly and basic, but there are pupils who take their driving lessons in Luton without seeing any rain and then it comes to the big day and their instructor hasn’t told them how to operate the windscreen wipers properly. The pupil sets off for their test and it starts raining. The examiner is entitled to fail you for use of ‘ancillary controls’ if you cannot operate the wipers when required.

 

2. Driving stopping distance and the rain– hopefully you know, but if you don’t your overall stopping distance will significantly increase in the rain. Your stopping distance at 30mph is 23 meters, which is around 6 car lengths. However, in the rain, it will double. At 40mph onwards, it is important to apply the driving 2 second rule in dry conditions, this will double in the rain to 4 seconds.

 

3. Driving and Aquaplaning– Is when your vehicle loses contact with the road surface due to the layer of water that is between your tyres and the road. The main causes of this are: Increase in water on the surface of the road, increase in vehicle speed, tyre wear and inflation. If you ever feel your vehicle feeling lighter than normal at high speeds, then just come off the gas and avoid braking too firm.

 

4. Reduced visibility- When it is raining heavily, this can often make the road markings less visible in the road. The safest thing to do on the approach to a junction that you maybe unfamiliar with the lane positioning is to check your mirror/s and slow down earlier than normal. Assess the vehicles in front. Look at their positioning and their direction indicators, this could give you some clues to the lane you actually want. If there are three lanes on the approach, then head for the middle lane initially so you still have access to the left and the right hand lane in the event you realise your not in the correct lane.

 

5. Spraying pedestrians- If you’re driving in built up areas, then just be aware of pedestrians standing or walking next to the road. If you see a big puddle approaching, check your interior mirror and then your relevant door mirror before moving out.

 

If you have any questions or concerns about driving in the rain  or need more driving test tips, Please feel free to email us your questions on: info@drivejohnsons.co.uk.

We have driving instructors who will gladly reply to your questions on 0800 458 1226.