How to cut the costs of learning to drive

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Learning to drive doesn’t have to be expensive when you follow our simple tips

Between all of the hours of practise that are put into learning how drive, one of the last things you’re going to want to worry about is just how much the whole process is actually going to cost you.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) advises it requires approximately 45 hours of lessons to pass a driving test. That roughly calculates to a little over £1,000 – and that’s just for the lessons!

When you start to add in other expenses such as study materials and exams, the bill is likely to go up even more.

But learning to drive doesn’t have to be expensive, so we’ve put together some helpful tips to getting around a heavy bill.

Free learning materials

Although it’s one of the cheaper parts of learning to drive, it’s just as important that you’re well prepared for your theory test so you don’t have to take it more than once. There’s an abundance of free learning materials available online, so instead of spending extra money on paid mobile apps, books or CDs, it’s definitely worth looking into accessing free guides.

The DVSA offers numerous mock tests to help drivers prepare for their theory test, so make sure to check those out before taking your test so you can pass first time!

Practising with parents and family

Another easy way to save some money while learning to drive would be to take advantage of practising with family members such as your parents. The more experience you have behind the wheel, the more prepared and confident you will be as you get ready for your practical driving test.

This means that you should take advantage of those ‘free’ lessons you can get from more experienced drivers such as your parents. As you become more experienced and comfortable in your driving abilities, you may not even need to purchase as many lessons from an instructor as well.

And if your parents are keen to help out, we have a guide filled with top tips from a driving instructor to help out mums and dads who are teaching their son or daughter to drive alongside a professional. 

Look for cheap introductory lessons

When you are just learning to drive, it’s important you shop around for different types of lessons before you decide to purchase them to see what sort of money-saving deals are out there.

Typically, it’s more cost effective to book a block of lessons (such as 10 or so) rather than pay for them individually as you go along. Keep an eye open for special deals or offers, such as reduced rates or even free lesson offers from instructors. Some instructors will even provide a discount if you decide to pay up front for the whole block of lessons at a time, rather than pay per lesson.

Make sure to pass first time around!

It may sound like a no-brainer, but passing your practical test the first time you take it is incredibly important in not having to spend too much while you’re learning to drive. Taking the practical test is not cheap, so having to take it more than once is something that’s going to cost you.

Currently, weekday tests cost £62 while weekend tests cost £75, so make sure you’re ready when you decide to take it.

Don’t forget insurance

When you have a provisional driving licence, you’ll need to have valid car insurance while you’re learning to drive. While some drivers are added onto a family member’s or friend’s policy, that can often be an expensive option for many drivers.

With Admiral Learner Driver Insurance, you have the option of being covered for seven days, one, two or three months. Learner Driver Insurance is a cost-effective way to be covered while you’re learning to drive in mum or dad’s car and it won’t affect their No Claims Bonus if you need to make a claim.

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