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How much does it cost to learn to drive?

How much does it cost to learn to drive?

Factor in the price of lessons, car insurance and the driving test itself and the cost of learning to drive can be hefty. These are the numbers you need to know…

Daniel Hutson
From the Motor team
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posted 31 OCTOBER 2019

How much does it cost to learn to drive?

Learning to drive can cost upwards of £1,600 and could be as much as around £3,300. That cost includes driving lessons, learner driver car insurance (which can vary according to the policy you take out), study materials, the price of your theory (£23) and practical test (£62 weekdays and £75 for evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays) and, of course, the provisional licence itself (£34 online or £43 by post). (prices correct January 2019)

How much are driving lessons?

The cost of driving lessons varies depending on the instructor. The average price tag for 45 lessons, which is, typically, the number of lessons needed to pass, will set you back around £1,314. Individual lessons can cost around £29.20 per hour.

Do I need car insurance when learning to drive?

Learner driver car insurance is essential if you're learning to drive. The good news is that if you're taking lessons with a professional driving school, the cost of insurance is usually included in the lesson price. Be sure to double-check, though. If you'll be learning in a friend's car or in your parents' vehicle, you'll need to sort out learner driver insurance.

How can I keep costs down when learning to drive?

Choosing a driving school that’s competitively priced is one way. Then there’s your learner driver insurance. It’s possible that you could reduce the cost of your premiums by adding a more experienced named driver to your policy.

Another option to consider is increasing your voluntary excess. Extra security, in the form of an immobiliser or an alarm system, could also help keep costs manageable.

One of the simplest ways to save is by shopping around and comparing car insurance quotes. Let Compare the Market do it for you. We’ll gather quotes from more than 100 different insurance policies/products in the UK, in just a few minutes. So it’s never been easier to find out if you could save.

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