The cost of learning to drive

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Originally published March 21st 2013

With motoring costs at an all-time high, how much do you think it costs a learner driver to become a fully qualified motorist?

Well, according to new research by MoneySupermarket it will cost the average learner £2,741 to gain their full qualification.

The average cost of a driving lesson is now £24, and with the DSA (Driving Standards Agency) recommending 47 hours of tuition under the supervision of a professional instructor, the total cost of lessons for a learner will be £1,128.

However, the DSA also recommends 22 hours of private practice under the supervision of a friend or family member who is over the age of 21 and has at least 3 years of driving experience.

This is where the biggest expense will be accrued as it is a legal requirement for the learner driver to be featured in a car insurance policy covering the vehicle they will be practising in. Data from the latest MoneySupermarket Motor Monitor suggests that the average driver between the ages of 17-19 pays approximately £1,422 per year for motor insurance cover.

There are a number of other expenses to be considered as well, including the cost of actually taking the mandatory theory and practical tests. Even if the learner passes both of these first time, it will still cost £141 to complete the tests.

According to research by The Daily Telegraph, the test centres where learners are most likely to pass first time are concentrated in Scotland. Bradford driving test centre has the lowest pass rate in the entire country, with just 31.6% of the learners taking their tests there passing first time.


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