Ways to Cut the Cost of Learning to Drive

For many people, learning to drive is absolutely essential. However, passing your driving test and finally getting that coveted pink license is something that can certainly come at a price. With the cost of driving lessons rising and the theory and practical tests themselves all adding up, many learner drivers can expect to have spent enough to buy themselves their first car by the time that they finally get their full driving license. So, if you’re learning to drive or considering booking your first driving lessons, you’re probably wondering how you can cut the cost and save yourself some money to put towards your first car instead. Here’s how.


Free Resources

Although you can start having driving lessons before you take and pass the driving theory test, you’ll need to have passed this computer-based test before you can take the driving practical test and get your full UK license. The theory test is made up of a series of questions regarding the highway code and other driving theory related topics, and is designed to test your knowledge of driving on the roads. Although most of the questions are common-sense based, there are certain ones which you’ll need to fully understand, such as minimum tyre tread depth and stopping distances. Rather than paying for the DVLA CD, book or app which can be quite pricey, why not head over to toptests.co.uk where you can practice the driving theory test for free.

Drive with a Relative

If you have a friend or relative who’s willing to give you some driving lessons, you may be able to get a lot more practice in without having to fork out for driving instructor prices. Although it’s always good to have some lessons with a qualified driving instructor before you take your driving test, getting provisional driving insurance on a friend or relative’s car and allowing them to take you out driving for some good practice can be a lot cheaper. In order to do this, your friend/relative needs to be over the age of 21 and have held their driving license for three years at the least.

Block Booking and Discounts

When searching for a new driving instructor, it can certainly pay off to do a bit of research before you make a final decision on who will be teaching you how to drive. Many instructors offer discounts if you book a block of lessons in bulk, so paying upfront for 10+ lessons at a time could definitely be worth your while and save you money in the long run compared to booking one lesson at a time. Some driving schools and instructors will also offer discounts in certain situations. For example, if you are a student you may be able to get a discount on your driving lessons when you present your student ID card.

There’s no doubt that learning to drive can be costly, but these handy tips and tricks can help you to keep the cost of getting your driving license as low as possible.



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  • Great tips. I am currently taking lessons and what has really helped is buying a car myself. It is insured so I can drive it with a qualified driver supervising and my Dad and brother take me out about five times a week between them. Then I have my “official” lesson on Saturday. It’s really helped me to get much needed experience.