Learning to drive is expensive business. From lessons and insurance to the upkeep of a car itself, there are lots of factors to take into account. Something this important (and potentially dangerous) should never be rushed, but there are ways to cut costs without cutting corners.
Most driving schools offer decent discounts when you book lessons in bulk. Though this might feel more expensive initially, it can save you hundreds in the long run. Also be sure to take advantage of introductory offers, and don’t be afraid to change instructors if you aren’t happy with the quality or cost of their tutorage. Approaching an instructor directly can also lead to better discounts than booking through a big company.
Put in the hours
The guidance of a professional is imperative, but you need to build up hours behind the wheel if you want to be confident and experienced enough to pass your test. Friends and family with a valid licence can essentially give you free driving lessons, hopefully keeping the number of lessons you’ll need to pay for to a minimum.
With any luck, the more time you invest in getting road ready, the less money you’ll have to fork out. With lessons themselves not coming cheap, and significant charges each time you sit your theory and practical tests, you want to be getting it right first time round wherever possible. But with safety protocol and the rules of the road constantly evolving, it can be daunting trying to stay on top of everything.
Thankfully, Kwik Fit has put together a brief, handy e-Book, talking you through the latest changes to the likes of MOTs, The Highway Code, and all relevant motoring costs. This invaluable guide is free to download here. By educating yourself in this way, you put yourself in the best possible shape to pass your test as quickly and affordably as possible. It will also set you up as a safer driver moving forward, helping you stay on the right side of the law, avoiding any further, unwanted charges.
Consider intensive training
With daily lessons lasting up to 6 hours, an intensive course condenses the content of months’ worth of practice into a week or two. Though these courses are a lot pricier than traditional lessons, overall, they can save both time and money for the right drivers.