Keep down the costs of learning to drive with our cash-saving tips

Keep down the costs of learning to drive with our cash-saving tips

LEARNING to drive is a big life step – but comes with a big price tag.

You have to fork out for your provisional licence, lessons and tests before you even consider a car and insurance.

Driving instructors charge around £30 an hour and the average learner needs 45 hours of lessons, setting you back well over a grand.

Follow these steps to drive costs down . . . 

GO ONLINE: Apply for your provisional licence online. It costs £34, instead of £43 by post.

SAVE: £9

BUY A BUNDLE: Block-booking your lessons in advance often means a discount with your instructor. With Red Driving School, you can get six lessons for the price of four.

SAVE: £60 on six lessons

DEAL WITH IT: You can often find deals to make lessons cheaper. Current offers include 5.5 per cent cashback when booking with driving school PassMeFast. See

ASK A FRIEND: Cut the amount of lessons you need by asking a friend or family member to do some driving practice with you.

SAVE: Around £30 per lesson

COVER WITH CARE: Shop around for specific learner driver insurance while you’re practising. It can usually be purchased by the day, week or month, often from less than £2 a day. Try the RAC or Marmalade.

GET ’APPY: Rather than fork out for a driving test app, such as the Driving Theory Test 4-in-1 Kit for £4.99, try a free one, such as the DVSA’s Driving Theory Test 2021 UK app.

SAVE: £4.99

BOOK A WEEKDAY TEST: Having your practical test midweek costs £62 compared to £75 for evenings, weekends and bank holidays.

SAVE: £13

  • All prices on page correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers subject to availability.

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SAVE: £1.29

Cheap treat

SINK your spoon into some Halo Top gooey brownie ice cream, 473ml, now £3.50 down from £5 at Sainsbury’s.

SAVE: £1.50

Bag a bargain

ZIP around in style. Halfords is offering ten per cent off e-bikes and more than 15 per cent off e-scooters this month, including the Xiaomi Mi scooter seen here, reduced from £429 to £349.

Top swap

BRING some calm into your home with the Arran Sense of Scotland mountain lavender candle for £35. Or try Tesco’s large Hinch lavender blossom scented candle for £10.

SAVE: £25

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