DRIVING lessons are essential for new drivers learning the ropes – so, what are they and how much do they cost?
For some, getting a licence can feel like breaking free from Alcatraz and one the best ways to do so is through driving lessons.
So, what are driving lessons and how much are going to set you back by?
How much do driving lessons cost?
Driving lessons are a formal class or programme that prepares a new driver to obtain their licence and are conducted under the watchful eye of a qualified instructor.
Lessons typically last an hours, and you can book mulitple (sometimes in one day!).
The cost of lessons varies on where you live, but you can expect to fork out roughly £20-£35 per hour, according to RAC.
A good instructor will tell you when you’re ready for your practical test even before you’ve had 45 hours of lessons – so make sure you get that eagled-eyed, suddenly know-all loved one to get you out on the road for additional practice.
At £30 an hour over 45 lessons plus the cost of applying for a provision licence (£34 online, and £43 if you apply by post), the total you’ll pay is £1,384.
What is the cost of an intensive driving course?
For those short of time, as intensive driving course is one of the best ways to ensure you’re prepped for your prac test.
Intensive driving instructors typically work around your schedule and some providers will offer money back for lessons you don’t take.
Courses vary in length of time and cost to suit your needs.
The most popular course runs for 30 hours and can cost £810 (£1202 when you factor in your DVSA practical test fee), according to intensivecourses.co.uk.
If you just need some finessing, you can choose a 5- or 10-hour course and that will set you back £135 and £270, respectively.
If you’re starting from scratch, you can book a 45-hourly course for £1,215 (£1,710 with DVSA fee).
How many driving lessons will I need?
It’s advised new drivers practice a minimum of 45 hours before applying for their test.
You can always get a few more hours up your sleeve if you’re not feeling confident.
The average person needs around 45 hours of driving lessons and another 22 hours of practice before they’re truly ready for a practical test.
Make sure you monitor for private lessons is over 21.
It’s also advised you take lessons as frequently as possible – between two to four hours of private lessons a week is a good start.
Once you’re feeling confident, you can sit your test and begin your journey to becoming an experienced driver.