Learning to drive: How much is it going to cost you?

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What sorts of costs will you be looking at when you're learning to drive? Nicholas provides us with some top hints.

It’s almost an unwritten rule that everybody’s driving licence photo is hilariously embarrassing. This may be because nobody is allowed to smile, but is also due to how young everyone is when they get them done.

Many people learn to drive when they're in their teenage years, which unfortunately is an awkward time when very few people can take a good photo. However, the monetary cost of learning to drive might be even higher than the awkwardness of the licence photo.

Just how much does it cost to drive?

My mum paid roughly £25 per lesson when I was learning, and most lessons today are around that price. For example, Cardiff’s Bumpsdrivin charges £22 for one hour’s lesson, £44 for a two-hour lesson, £200 for a block of 10 lessons, and an intense driving course for £425.

BSM charge £250 for a block of 10 for a car with a manual gearbox. RED, on the other hand, charge £243.80 as a discounted offer for a 10-hour package. The tests, however, are a flat rate of £23 for the theory test, and £62 for the practical, totalling £85. So, if you learned using the 10-lesson block from Bumpsdrivin, you would pay just shy of £300 just for time with an instructor and to take the tests.

How can you save money while learning to drive?

There are ways of bringing that cost down, however. Practice makes perfect, so take advantage of your parents’ wisdom (they do have it, trust me!) and ask them to take you out on the local roads or to a nearby car park so that you can get used to driving and build up your confidence.

Online study materials will also make revising for your theory test much cheaper – the Highway Code is entirely online, for example. Practice theory tests are also free, and you can find them here.

Looking for other ways to cut the costs of learning to drive? Check out Admiral's helpful tips.

What about insurance?

Unfortunately, it’s not just learning to drive that can be expensive. Buying your first car will cost you a fair amount, and then you have to insure it as well.

Remember, even when you have a provisional driving licence, you must have valid car insurance. One option is to be added onto a family member’s or friend’s policy, but often times that can be an expensive option.

However, with Admiral's Learner Driver Insurance, you have the option of being covered for seven days, one, two or three months. It's 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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