You may think that the main cost to consider when booking driving lessons are the lessons themselves. Whilst they constitute the main bulk of the expense of learning to drive, there are other outgoings that you also need to consider when budgeting to learn to drive.

How much are driving lessons?

There’s no one figure when it comes to driving lessons costs, because it depends on a range of factors including your age, where you live, and the quality of the driving school, as well as whether you’re willing to book an intensive driving course, which can work out cheaper overall.

If you live in London, you can expect the prices of driving lessons to be higher compared to more rural areas. Expect to pay an average of around £30 a lesson, but different driving schools will quote their own rates. Remember that buying lessons in bulk may make them cheaper individually.

The DVLA reports that there is no minimum number of lessons or hours necessary in order to learn to drive, although the DVSA suggests an average of 45-47 driving lessons are typical, with extra private practice on top.

Younger learners may need fewer sessions than older learners, resulting in less overall expenditure on the lessons themselves. Ensuring that you’re learning with a reputable driving school means that you know you’re in professional hands, and are more likely to be a safer driver overall.

What are the other costs on top of driving lessons?

Provisional driving licence

You cannot drive on UK roads without a provisional licence, which costs £34 online or £43 via post.

Theory test

You have to pass this before taking your practical test. It costs £23 to book online, and you may want to make use of resources like the DVSA’s Official Theory Test and Hazard Perception Kit app to hone your skills for the test, which costs £15 for a 30-day subscription.

Learner insurance

If you’re learning to drive in another’s car, you should take out learner insurance so that you’re protected in case an accident occurs.

Insurers will price learner insurance differently, and you may benefit from daily, weekly, or monthly packages.

Practical test

On a weekday, a practical driving test will cost you £62, rising to £75 on weekends and bank holidays.

Remember that you may have to retake the test more than once – the pass rate in the UK is only 50%. You may also have to pay for the use of your instructor’s car on the day of the test itself.

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