4 Top Tips To Get Your Driver's License For Less Than A Grand


According to the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), it costs, on average, £1250 to pass your driving test. Now, that’s an enormous amount of money in anyone’s book - but we like to see it as a challenge. So, we’re going to take a look at how you can pass your driving test in as cheap a manner as possible.

We see no reason you can’t achieve your goal in less than a grand, which will give you a saving of 20% - not bad for reading an article, right? Of course, there are no guarantees. But following this advice will give you the best chance of getting you to full driver’s license status for less than the average cost. Ready to go? Let’s do it…

#1 Look at fixed costs

There are fixed costs when it comes to passing your driving test, and they are unavoidable. The average price of a lesson is £24, the theory test is currently £31, and the practical costs around £75. A provisional license - which you will need to learn to drive in public, is currently £34 if you get it online, and it’s free to upgrade when you pass. So, the very minimum you can spend to get a license is £140, with the cost of your lessons on top of that.

#2 Find the best instructor possible

The key to your driving test success lies with the instructor you choose. Unfortunately, though, there is no ‘best’ when it comes to driving lessons. In most cases, it’s more down to the relationship you have with the instructor rather than their teaching skill. So, find one that you work well with. However, it’s important not to take the easy path. If you are too comfortable with your instructor, you will get negligent and overconfident, so be aware of the dynamics. They should be in charge at all times, and if you don’t feel that they are, move on to another teacher as soon as possible.

#3 Learn your Highway Code

The quicker you learn your Highway Code and complete your hazard perception training, the quicker you can do your theory. If you want to cut those costs of getting your license, you need to pass the first time. It’s easier than you think, as long as you put the effort in and learn. There are plenty of tools available online and in the shops, but there’s no need to spend any money. Your instructor may even have a copy of something they can lend you. You have a couple of years to pass your practical after you have your theory under your belt.

#4 Get another teacher

If you want to save on the cost your lessons, then you have to increase the amount of hours you drive in your own time. And the only way of doing that is to get someone to help you. Take what you have learned from your lessons and put them into practice. If you can add another two hours a week on top of your lesson time, then that will make up a significant proportion of the hours it will take to get your license.

That’s all there is to it. As long as you go through the driving you have been doing with your instructor, they will be able to correct any bad habits. In no time at all, your confidence will soar, and passing your test will be a genuine probability.

And all for less than £1,000!

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