Learner driver car insurance

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A handy guide to learner driver car insurance

It’s an exiting time for those just taking to the road – and a nerve-wracking one for those who have to teach them! So the right car insurance gives everyone peace of mind. There’s a variety of policies out there covering everyone from 17-year-olds, 18-year-olds and students to late starters and even van drivers . To help you find the best deal for you or your budding motorist, we’ve put together this easy-to-follow guide to answer your most pressing questions. Plus, take a look at our young drivers report which will give you an idea of all the other costs involved in beginning a motoring career and our new drivers guide which is full of practical advice for newbies. 

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Frequently thought questions

We do appreciate that questions about comparing car insurance prices are a little too boring to be asked, but they can be thought.

So we’ve compiled the following simple answers to questions frequently thought, about finding the best quote when comparing car insurance for learner drivers.

Why compare learner drivers insurance with comparethemarket.com?

We independently compare deals for provisional license drivers.


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We help you compare policies based on price, policy cover level, add-ons or annual/monthly payment terms.


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What type of car insurance is best for learner drivers?

Finding the best policy for a learner will depend on your personal details. With add-ons and specific policy terms, there are many different car insurance packages to choose from. Generally speaking, however, there are three main types of cover for a learner driver.


Third-partyGenerally the most basic form of policy,this will cover you for any damage you cause to other people and their property.


Third-party fire and theftSimilar to a third-party policy, except that it also includes cover for the theft of your vehicle, or damage by fire. The clue is in the name!


ComprehensiveThis type of policy will include all the cover of a third party fire and theft policy, but in addition, it will cover you for damage to yourself and your car. It is typically the priciest type of policy (but this isn’t always the case, so it’s worth comparing your options).

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Can I save money with a joint policy?

The term ‘joint policy’ is actually a bit misleading. Multiple drivers can be named on one policy (as long as they plan on using the car), but there is always a ‘main driver’ who must use the vehicle most often. If you’re learning, this could be one way to keep your insurance premiums down.


Is a higher voluntary excess better?

If you’re a learner driver looking for cheap insurance, you might want to choose a higher voluntary excess. Although this could cost you more in the event of a claim, as you will need to pay the voluntary excess you choose, as well as the compulsory excess set by the provider, it could also mean a cheaper monthly premium.


Are black box policies good for learner drivers?

Telematics or ‘black box’ policies come with a little device that monitors your driving habits. These are particularly good for learner drivers without a long record of driving safely. Safe driver? You could save on your insurance.