The expenses of driving a vehicle today are relatively more expensive than ever. Rising fuel costs create a lasting impact on the budget of many motorists. Fortunately for us, there are many available options to try to cut costs associated with driving a vehicle. For student drivers, there is a wide selection of tools and resources that allow them to save on money, while being informed and educated. These smart driving tips can greatly contribute to a more cost-efficient driving for those who are still learning how to drive.
In the U.K., the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) stated that more than £1,000 in costs are already expected to be incurred from the process of taking up driving lessons. This is just for the average time for passing driving tests, which is estimated at 45 hours of lessons. Other factors such as resource materials play a role in tallying the total bill. In an article on BBC, Oxford driving instructor Steve Calvert offers practical driving lesson tips on how to save money.
The right teacher
Like many other types of lessons, finding the best instructor for driving is the first thing that should be considered on your checklist. While price is a valuable factor, this should not be the sole reason for choosing the right driving teacher. Recommendations from family and friends would be helpful in selecting the best instructor for you. The ability to trust and build a good relationship with your instructor during the entire lesson is important. Calvert advises student drivers to evaluate if they’re getting their money’s worth with every lesson. “You should be capable of driving within a busy area like a city centre within 10 hours of lessons,” he said. “You should be able to reach a driving test standard after 25 hours.”
Driving instructors should also give their complete attention to students during each lesson. Another option that Calvert recommends is an intensive type of driving lesson. This usually takes a single week or two of driving. However, one must consider the schedule of this type of course, since it can take between four to six hours of driving per day. Taking up a theory exam could also be beneficial before signing up for an intensive course.
Techniques and tricks
Although you are still learning, following several helpful tips at an early stage would allow you to maximise your resources. Technical tips such as switching off your engine during stationary times, smooth driving and keeping car speeds at a minimal rate all add up to a longer fuel economy for your car. Maintenance is also another significant tip in saving money. Tyre inspections should be done on a regular basis. A good tyre pressure not only helps reduce energy consumption, but also keeps you safe from the risks of under-inflated tyres. Getting rid of clutter and other unwanted stuff inside the vehicle could also boost fuel efficiency. If the weather permits it, turning off air conditioning can extend your engine’s life span.
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