The Cost of Getting Your Driving Licence.
The freedom that comes with being a qualified driver is fantastic and exciting, but it does come with a price tag.
It’s important to know exactly where your money will go during the process of learning to drive, so we’ve listed the key costs.
Your provisional licence
This is the first step.
Having this licence allows you to learn to drive on the public highway, and is a requirement for taking your practical test.
Cost: £34 if you pay online, or £43 if you apply by post.
You can only start lessons if you have the provisional licence.
Lesson prices vary from instructor and location, however the average cost for a driving lesson in the UK is around £24, according to the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).
Generally speaking, it can often work out cheaper to purchase lessons in bulk as you will most likely receive a discount – however, have a few lessons with your instructor beforehand to be sure they’re the right instructor for you.
As already said, lessons vary in price depending on instructor and location.
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The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) provides online learning materials for you to buy, or you can buy additional software or a theory book from most major book stores, or online.
It’s essential to clue-up on the Highway Code and to practice the hazard perception tests.
Cost: £23 for the theory test. Learning materials starts from £7. (Don´t forget my FREE app)
Practical driving test
Individuals will each progress at their own rate, and your driving instructor will advise when they think you are ready to take your practical test.
Cost: £62 on weekdays, £75 on evenings, weekends and bank holidays.
You do not have to worry about insurance if you are learning to drive solely with a qualified instructor, as his or her car will be insured.
However, if you are also having extra lessons with a friend or family member, you need to ensure you are covered by an insurance provider to drive their car.
If you are having extra lessons in a friend or family member´s car, they can add you as a named driver – however, this can result in a sharp hike in premiums, and a loss of any no claims discount should you have an accident.
To avoid this, many insurance providers readily offer insurance specifically for learner drivers.
This can be expensive, as learner drivers are seen as more likely to make a claim. However, if you stick with the same insurance provider once you have passed your test, you could be in line for a discount on a standard policy.
Cost: Prices vary, and insurance providers will generally offer packages to cover you for a couple of months....so shop around!
If all goes well, you’ve now passed both your theory and practical driving tests, and you are now a qualified driver!
Some new drivers choose to take part in the Pass Plus scheme. This is a voluntary, practical experience that is in place to give new drivers some extra skills and confidence on the road. For example, you may be driving on the motorway and at night.
Pass Plus is a great way in receiving a discount on your car insurance, as many insurance companies will give you a substantial percentage off if you have completed the course.
That said, it’s still important to shop around, as a discounted premium could still be more expensive than the price quoted by another provider.
Cost: This varies according to your location or driving school, and some local councils offer discounts to those wishing to take Pass Plus.