The cost of learning to drive as gone up by 18% in the last five years according to gocompare.com, one of the UK's leading comparison websites. That's quite a big increase and especially tough on young drivers with less disposable income. Gocompare claim that it costs about £6,768 for most young people to get their licence. A huge factor in this rise is the price new drivers have to pay for their first car. In 2009 a new driver would pay about £2,477 but last year that increased to £3,825. High insurance costs for young people and learner drivers is another factor in these rising costs.
Learning to drive costs rise
Driving lessons cost £24 on average and obviously each person learns at different rates so the more lessons needed the more costs rise. Each theory test costs £31 and each practical test costs £62 so the quicker you can pass either or both the more money you can save. The DSA state that on average learner drivers should be prepared to spend about £1,150 on 46 lessons (at a cost of £31 per lesson) to pass their test. Buying DVDs and books to help you pass the tests adds on another small cost. As the driving test has got much harder since 1990 people are finding it takes a bit longer to pass than back in their parents' day.
However, it is insurance that is the real killer. Matt Oliver, from GoCompare, said: ‘Learning to drive and owning your first car is a rite of passage for most young adults but the cost of becoming a new driver can quickly mount up. Although we found the average amount spent on a first car is now £3825, many 17 year old drivers will find their first year's car insurance premium costs more than the car itself. At an average annual premium of £2232.00, there is no getting away from the fact that insurance for young drivers is costly.’
Read our recent blog on finding cheaper car insurance to help cushion the blow.