Things to consider before learning how to drive

Is it time to learn how to drive? Driving gives us unlimited freedom to travel when and wherever we want. However, it’s a big decision financially, so here are some things you need to think about before you get started.

Your Financial Situation

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Learning how to drive can be expensive, so you need to consider whether you’re in the financial position to do so. The majority of learners need 45 lessons on average to pass and these can quickly add up when each lesson is priced anywhere between £25 to £45 per hour. Block booking lessons in advance could allow you to secure a discount.

Not to mention, there is a fee of £34 to apply for a provisional license that you can’t even practice driving without. The theory and practical tests also require a fee of £23 and £62 respectively, alongside the price of any driving test revision apps or resources you’ll need.

The Type Of Vehicle

Even if you haven’t passed your theory test yet, it’s important to consider what kind of car you’re planning on buying. Are you buying a new model or maybe you’re inheriting one? The answer will help you decide on the right vehicle to learn in. For example, there isn’t any point in learning in a manual vehicle if you plan on driving an automatic.

Some cars are better for first-time drivers than others, and you’ll also want to think about the advantages of purchasing a used vehicle over newer models. This could save your wallet a hefty payout or two, however, it could also mean you encounter more issues in the long run.

Getting Insured

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You don’t need insurance if you’re in a driving school with a licensed instructor. On the other hand, it’s important to remember that any practice you do outside of their supervision will need to be covered. Even if you’re driving with licensed family and friends in a car that they own.

You'll need car insurance in place as a newbie learning to drive, which should also cover the adult supervising you. It is illegal to drive on the road without valid car insurance, practice or not. You could receive a fixed penalty fine of £300 alongside 6 penalty points if found driving without insurance.

Learning The Theory

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It’s easy to get caught up in the practical side of learning, but make sure that you don’t neglect your theory revision. You can’t progress onto your practical test if you fail your theory, and it costs £23 a go!

Make things easier on yourself by getting some of the theory behind you before you start lessons. This could help improve your confidence and increase your chances of passing your theory test the first time around.

So here are some things to consider before learning to drive. How old were you when you learned to drive? 

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