Learning To Drive Costs £355 More Than A Decade Ago

Last Updated: 01/01/2020

Learning to drive has always been an expensive process but 2019 has seen the cost of getting through your test higher than ever before.

The cost of driving lessons, a theory test, the practical test and any other incidentals that arise while you’re learning to drive has always been high, however, combined with the lowest test pass rates for nearly a decade, it’s become much more expensive in recent years.

Research by snooper.eu published this summer, suggests that drivers are having to pay, on average, £355 more to get through their test that they had to in 2010.

This was based on a survey of 1,000 people.

The average number of lessons needed to pass your test on average is in the region of 52 hours, seven hours more than the average given by the DVSA.

In fact, as many as one in 10 newly qualified drivers concede that they required more than 100 hours of driving before passing the practical driving test.

Regardless of the increased number of lessons drivers required, costs for those lessons are also on the up.

The average cost of a driving lesson has also reportedly increased by approximately a third.

On average, an hour of driving tutelage used to cost around £18 but is more likely to be around the £24 mark in 2019.

One of the reasons for the increase in fail rates has been credited to the new driving test which was introduced in December 2017.

It includes, among other things, following sat nav instructions and double the amount of time used for independent driving.

There are also new reverse manoeuvres and vehicle safety questions, all of which add to the difficulty of successfully passing your test.

The AA has been critical of some elements of the new test, saying some of the questions asked in the vehicle safety section as “obscure”.

Drivers failing will then obviously incur the additional costs of further lessons and a re-sit.

Stephen Gill, marketing manager at Snooper.eu said: “Being able to drive affords people increased experiences, including a much wider range of job opportunities.The ability to drive is something that is often taken for granted; however, our research has shown that the cost of getting your driving licence continues to rise and it’s likely that many Brits are now being priced out of many opportunities.”