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Common questions on driving lessons
The average cost of driving lessons in the UK is £26 per hour. However, driving lesson prices vary depending on your location, how much your driving instructor charges and whether you choose to take manual or automatic driving lessons.
According to the DVSA, learner drivers take an average of 47 hours of lessons before taking their test.
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You don’t want to spend more on driving lessons than you have to. But you also want to make sure you’re getting the best tuition possible.
Automatic driving lessons are usually more expensive per hour than manual driving lessons because there are fewer automatic driving instructors available. That said, there aren’t as many skills to master when you learn to drive an automatic, so you may be able to pass your test after fewer hours of lessons, allowing you to learn to drive cheaper overall.
The average price per hour for a driving lesson is between £24 - £27 and the average learner in the UK takes 47 hours of driving lessons. That means you’re looking at an average of £1,128 for driving lessons, plus the cost of your provisional licence, theory test and practical driving test. It could cost you less if you’re able to take fewer hours of lessons before passing the practical test.
Practical driving lessons prepare you to pass the DVSA practical driving test, so that you can qualify to drive a car on public roads. Practical driving lessons should take place with a qualified driving instructor in a dual-control car.
If you're a beginner on a provisional licence, your driving lessons will teach you how to become a safe and confident driver, in preparation for passing your practical driving test. Your lessons will cover basic skills such as steering and clutch control, right the way through to more complex skills like learning how to park and performing other manoeuvres.
There are advanced skills that may not be covered in your driving lessons depending on what time you take your lessons and where you live. These could include night time driving, motorway driving and driving in different weather conditions. Many learners choose to take refresher lessons after passing their test, allowing them to cover advanced skills that will help them continue to grow in confidence after passing.
Here are 5 things you can expect to happen on your first lesson. 1. Your driving instructor will check your provisional licence 2. Your instructor will usually drive you to a suitable place to learn 3. You’ll get into the driver’s seat 4. You’ll learn the cockpit drill 5. You’ll have a go at moving off and stopping
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The Telegraph revealed that in 2016 there were around 40,000 driving instructors in the UK. However, there are many more manual driving instructors than there are automatic driving instructors.
In most circumstances, no. You need to be 17 and hold a provisional driving licence to start taking lessons. You can apply for your provisional licence at fifteen and nine months old, and you can book lessons too, but you can’t take them until you’re 17.
However, if you’ve received or are about to receive the mobility component of the Personal Independent Payment, then you can start lessons and take your test at 16. For everyone else though, it’s 17.
According to the DVSA, the average learner takes 47 hours of lessons before passing the practical driving test. The DVSA also recommends 22 hours of private practice.
That said, there are lots of factors that could affect the time it takes you to learn, such as whether you take automatic or manual driving lessons and how quickly you pick up new skills.
Driving is a complex skill that requires a lot of practice, so it’s unlikely that 10 hours will be enough time for you to become a safe and confident driver. However, every learner is different. It may be possible for some learners to pass after just 10 hours of driving lessons with plenty of private practice. Many learners also find they’re able to pass faster by learning in an automatic rather than a manual car.
There is no set rule about how many driving lessons you are allowed to take per week. As long as your availability and your instructor’s availability allows for it, you can take as many driving lessons per week as you would like.
That said, regular two-hour lessons once or twice a week will give you valuable experience driving in different weather and traffic conditions. It will also give you time to absorb what you’ve learned so that you can make the best use of each session with your instructor.
You can take driving lessons without having passed your theory test. Some people prefer doing this as they find the practical experience of taking lessons can help them understand the Highway Code better.
However, there’s a real bonus in taking your theory as early as possible. Once you’ve passed it, you’ll know the Highway Code inside out, saving you time to focus on the practical challenges.
Driving instructors usually give driving lessons in their own cars. Instructors’ cars are fitted with dual controls for safety, and are covered by insurance for this purpose. Nevertheless, there’s no rule to prevent you from learning to drive in your own car as long as you are insured. You might choose to do so if your car has been adapted for any access needs you may have, for example.
You don't need to take driving lessons to take the practical driving test. All you need is to be at least 17, to have passed your theory test, and to have a car (in which you’re insured) to take your test in. However, it’s usually recommended that you take at least some driving lessons to make sure that you’re safe and ready for your test.
If you're new to the UK and have driven elsewhere, you may only need a few refresher lessons to be test-ready.
Almost half (46.6%) of test takers passed their practical driving test first time in 2018-19, according to the DVSA. This isn’t a huge difference from the overall pass rate, which was 45.8% for the same period.
Here are 5 tips to help you pass your driving test first time: 1. Take regular driving lessons 2. Ask your driving instructor whether you’re ready before booking your test 3. Choose a test centre in an area you’re familiar with 4. Take a driving lesson directly before your driving test 5. Take your driving test in the car you’ve been learning in
Driving is a complex skill that takes time and practice to master, but it does get easier with time. You’ll continue to improve and find driving easier even after you’ve passed your driving test. In fact, many people find driving easier once they no longer have the pressure of someone else in the car assessing them.
You won’t automatically get free driving lessons for being on benefits. However, if you’re disabled or you have a strong need to drive for other reasons (you might be a carer for a family member, for example), you may be able to get help by applying to your local council or to a charity like Motability.
All fully-qualified, registered driving instructors should have an ADI number. You can contact the DVSA with an ADI’s number to check whether they are qualified. You can also enter your instructor’s ADI number when you book your test, to make sure that you don’t book your test at the same time as someone else with the same instructor.