Worried about the cost of driving lessons? Don’t fret, you’re not alone. Many learners are finding it difficult to afford the cost of driving lessons, tests and potential re-tests.
Some have even been put off by the cost of the whole process and massive waiting lists since the pandemic disrupted the industry. The average learner needs around 47 hours of driving lessons to pass and that usually comes in at well over £1,000 these days.
However, driving is an essential skill and, once you’ve passed, you’ll honestly wonder what all the fuss was about. It gives you freedom, expands your opportunities for work and leisure, and helps you to help others. So, how can you reduce the cost of getting your driver’s licence?
Choose your driving instructor wisely
You need to ensure that you’re getting the most for your money when choosing an instructor. Compare a few different providers in your local area and check things like pass rates, online reviews and costs per hour.
Choosing based on price alone isn’t always the best strategy. A better fit with a quality instructor can help to minimise the number of lessons you need to get test-ready, potentially reducing your costs overall.
Book block lessons and look for other discounts
Many driving instructors offer discounts for block bookings and new customers. For example, paying for 10 hours of lessons can be cheaper than paying for 10 1-hour lessons individually. Maximise these opportunities as much as possible to save yourself some money.
Some people prefer to do intense driving courses which cram loads of hours into a relatively short period of time. These may be cheaper than an extended period of more spaced lessons, but it’s best to do them in the lead-up to your test so your knowledge and experience are fresh.
Top up road hours with family and friends
Driving lessons with an instructor are costly, but they’re not your only option. To supplement your paid lessons, see if a friend or family member would be willing to let you top up your road hours in their vehicle.
This is a much more cost-effective way to gain extra experience on the road. All you need is learner driver insurance, a friend or family member willing to help and their car to drive. You can practise the techniques you’ve been learning from your instructor and get ready for your exam without breaking the bank.
Refresh your theory knowledge
Every second of your lesson time should be focused on learning how to pass the test and developing your driving skills. While you’re off the road, touch up on your theory knowledge so you can hit the ground running in the car.
Doing little and often in the build-up to your test will help to avoid you feeling overwhelmed when you near the time. Keep calm and focus on what you’ve learnt – you’ve got this!