Learning to Drive on a Budget

Whether you are 17 years old or an older individual looking to start driving, you will have to consider the cost implications. On average it can cost approximately £1500.00 or more to obtain driving lessons off a qualified instructor. The quickest way to learn how to drive is by going for between 20-30 hours of tuition with a qualified instructor, taking as many lessons per week as your schedule will allow.

It often believed that the more that you spend on tuition, the quicker you will learn to drive. However, there are ways that you can reduce this cost, but it is worth weighing up if these methods recommended by thecarbuyinggroup.co.uk will actually save you money.

Option 1:

Take 50% of your lessons with an instructor and the other 50% with a friend/relative who has held their licence for over three and a half years and is over the age of 21. With this option bear in mind that you still have to pay for the insurance for you to be added to your friend/relatives vehicle and fuel costs. This option can be a great way of saving money, but you do run the risk of picking up bad habits from a non-qualified person, which in turn could hinder your learning. Finally it’s also worth considering that if your vehicle is not fitted with dual control, there is a safety risk to you and other road users.


Option 2:

You can learn to drive privately with a friend or relative and use your own vehicle for a test to avoid instructor costs. This method can prove to be a lot cheaper but the chances of passing your driving test are lowered, as you will not have been given expert tuition from someone within the industry. If the person teaching you is not fully competent, this method could end up costing you more if you end up having to go to a qualified instructor. It is also worth bearing in mind that if you have been taught incorrectly in the first place, you will have bad habits to break.

So, if the two options above do not appeal, you can always go down the instructor route but remember to shop around as independent instructors are often cheaper than instructors linked to bigger franchises.

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Learning to Drive on a Budget

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