Learning to drive can be a stressful and expensive experience. The cost of a car, professional lessons, fuel, tax, insurance and tests can quickly add up, so finding a way to check all these boxes at the best price is a priority for many new drivers
- The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) states no minimum or maximum number of hours of professional tuition are needed before you can take your driving test. However, you should proceed with caution and book your test when you believe you are ready.
- From June 2018, learner drivers’ lessons can involve motorway driving. Any motorway lessons will be voluntary, and it will be up to the driving instructor to decide whether their learner driver is ready for them.
- There will also be additional elements to the new driving test, including extended independent driving time and following directions from a sat nav. These new elements may involve additional hours of practice.
- Most professional driving schools will include insurance in the cost of their lessons, but if you can get additional practice with a friend or family member, it can really help speed up the process of learning to drive.
- If you're practicing in your own car, or a friend or relative's car, you’re going to need a learner driver insurance policy. This can be a full 12-month policy, starting on your provisional licence and updating when you pass your test. Or you can get a temporary/short-term policy, designed to cover you specifically while you're learning.
- Insurance companies base the premiums they charge on how much of a risk they believe a person – and the car they drive – to be. So there’s little wonder that learner drivers often struggle to find competitive insurance premiums.
- You'll also pay different premiums based on the level of cover you choose, which you can read more about in our guide to the car insurance policy types.
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If you're still looking into learning to drive, you can find information to help you with the steps involved in our guide - Learning to drive.