Wherever you learn to drive it can be a costly experience which can be a struggle for clients or their parents to afford. Whether you are taking driving lessons in Hyde, Stockport or Macclesfield and are learning to drive to help improve your career opportunities or for the freedom it gives, learning to drive is a commitment both in time and money.

Things to budget for when learning to drive

The first step when you are considering learning to drive is to apply for your provisional driving licence. Applying for your licence online is cheaper and quicker, your licence could be with you within a week, for postal applications it may take up to 3 weeks to arrive.

Currently, applying for a provisional driving licence online is £34, by post it costs £43.

You can apply for your licence at https://www.gov.uk/apply-first-provisional-driving-licence

Research your local driving schools

When you are on a budget it is very tempting to research your local driving schools and choose the cheapest option. This isn’t necessarily the most economic in the long run, offers for new beginners where a school has a big discount on your first block of lessons can seem attractive, but the quality of the lessons you receive should also be taken into account, as a smaller number of good quality lessons means you will progress quicker. Before you choose who you will learn to drive with read their reviews both on their website and also external reviews such as those on Google or Facebook, speak to the driving school and see what they have to offer.

Driving lesson vouchers

Where family members want to help or for example if you have a birthday or Christmas coming up you could ask them to get you vouchers with your chosen driving school.

Theory test

If you are on a budget you need to prepare for your theory test properly and hopefully pass first time. We provide free access for our clients to Theory Test Pro the resources have been designed to help you prepare, with realistic online simulation of the UK’s driving theory tests. It contains all the official revision questions and can be accessed on your computer, tablet or smartphone, it tracks you progress so that you know which areas you need to revise and help you decide when you are ready for your test. There are hazard perception tests too, so you can practice and see exactly what you need to do. The more you practice the more likely you are to pass first time.

To book a theory test you must have lived in England, Wales or Scotland for at least 185 days in the last 12 months and you find your local test centre and book online at https://www.gov.uk/book-theory-test. Currently, the test costs £23.

Take advantage of block bookings

Paying for your driving lessons in blocks is usually the most cost-effective way to pay as most driving schools will offer a discount on their standard lesson price. Usually, you will need to book in blocks of 10 hours, once you have booked your first block you then have time to save for the second.

Frequency of lessons

Having regular lessons without big gaps often means you progress quicker and will need fewer lessons, so saving up before you start your lessons and taking advantage of block bookings can add up to significant savings over the course.

Taking your practical driving test

Our driving instructors will make sure you are as prepared as possible for your test and will only book it when you are 100% ready to maximise your chance of passing first time. However, mistakes can happen however prepared you are.  Currently, test prices are £62 for a weekday test and £75 for evening or weekend tests.

Following all the tips above should help you to save money at each stage which then can add up to big savings.