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
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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.
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
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.