Check out how much you will have to pay and how you can cut your tuition expenses.
Driving licence expenses can be divided into three groups. One group includes fees you will pay to driving authorities. You are not legally allowed to start learning to drive without a provisional licence. Your first payment £50 will go to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) for your provisional licence.
The next expense will be for your theory test. The cost of a theory test is £31. If you fail to pass your theory test, the fee is not refundable. You will have to pay again to get a second chance.
Finally, you will have to part with £62 before you can book your practical driving test. It works the same way as with your theory test. If you fail, you have to pay again. There is no way to cut on your statutory fees, but with the best preparation possible, you can aim to keep retests to a minimum.
Tuition fees vary depending on the area in which you live and the driving school that you choose to learn with. The total of your tuition expenses depend on many factors. One of the best ways to keep tuition fees low is to get as much extra practice away from lessons as possible. Learning to become a good driver is about experience, which can only be gained from time on the road.
Choosing the right driving school or driving instructor is crucial if you want to get value for money. Sometimes the cheapest instructors aren't the best and rates vary depending on the school and the area you are in.
There is no such thing as an average pupil. With this in mind, how quickly you'll get to test standard will vary from pupil to pupil. In 2009, when the DSA was updating the driving test, they commissioned two independent surveys to study how many lessons were taken on average for a pupil with no experience to get to test standard. One survey came back with a figure of 50 hours, and one came back with 67 hours.
Note that more experienced learners will need fewer driving lessons so their expenses would be lower. More lessons are required for learners who are especially nervous or timid. Another thing that can add to the number of lessons is your age. Experienced driving instructors say that learners older than 25 often need more hours of training.
Statutory fees: £143
Driving lessons: £500
Training aids: £15
TOTAL: about £658