May 21, 2017
At an average of £24 per lesson, driving lessons can be expensive. In this guide, we’ll explore how to find cheap driving lessons and keep the cost of learning to drive as low as possible.
It may seem obvious, but by shopping around, learners can save hundreds over the course of learning to drive by comparing local driving instructors and schools.
Call your local driving instructors and driving schools to get a price. The difference in price from one instructor to another can be suprising. You can avoid the legwork of calling all of your local instructors by using Bark.com, which is a free service where you tell Bark your area and they’ll arrange for local driving instructors and driving schools to give you a quote.
The largest saving can be had by reducing the number of lessons required.
A relative or friend is of course no replacement for a professional driving instructor or driving school, but learners can gain huge improvements and driving experience without paying £24 per lesson. Learners that are reasonably confident could take professional driving lessons to learn the basics and then spend more time with a relative to gain road experience and more confidence.
Learners will need special Car Insurance for Learner Drivers aka Provisional Drivers Insurance to drive without an instructor and note that the relative or friend must be age 21 years old or above and have held a licence for at least 3 years.
This is certainly a route to cheap driving lessons because even considering the insurance cost, there will still be a saving compared with 100% Approved Driving Instructor or Driving School lessons.
Something that may not be applicable to everyone but if you can prioritise learning to drive and put some of your hobbies or other activities on hold, learners can dedicate more time to learning to drive. More time means learning faster and you can significantly reduce the time required. Like learning anything, be it a musical instrument or learning to drive: driving three times a week is considerably better than once a week. Learner drivers typically pick up the skills much faster with more regular driving. It may be an intensive time but once it’s done, you can take back your free time and enjoy your full drivers licence, meanwhile your peers are still taking lessons once a week!
At the end of each lesson, review with your instructor the lesson content, any highlights and anything you did well or bad. Spend time reflecting and remembering what you can do better, what you need to work on and what you do well. On the day of your next lesson, review the previous lesson once again. Learners can progress faster by avoiding a lot of cross over or making the same mistakes on multiple lessons.
Not necessarily a cheap driving lesson on a per lesson bases but learners looking to achieve a pass ASAP could consider learning in an automatic car. Learning in an automatic can speed up learning to drive because instead of having the burden of learning the manual gearbox, learners can focus on the road. After passing, you won’t be permitted to drive a manual car but if you need to get on the road for work purposes and haven’t got the time to do a full manual licence then this is an option. Automatic learners can always upgrade their licence later.
If time is not a constraint and money is then an option for learners is to nail the theory in advance before taking driving lessons. This can help because you’ve got the highway code and theory knowledge required and simply need to learn to operate the vehicle and gain the driving experience and therefore should require less professional driving lessons to get to the level needed to pass your test.
Ask driving instructors and driving schools about booking a block of lessons. Usually savings can be had by booking multiple lessons at once rather than one at a time. This is recommended regardless of cheap driving lessons because:
Some driving instructors and schools offer split lessons. Split lessons are like a standard lesson but with two learner drivers sharing the slot. Each learner will drive half the time and observe for half the time. Although this is a cheap driving lesson, you’re only getting half the time behind the wheel and so we wouldn’t recommend split lessons unless money is extremely tight.
Simmilar to block booking driving lessons, an intensive driving course gives you a larger block of lessons and sometimes greater savings can be had. Driving crash courses are not for everyone due to the time constraints and upfront cost, but if you’re looking to seriously save and have the time then they’re worth looking into. Read more in our Driving Crash Course guide.