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5 tips to save money when learning to drive

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Chloe Martell

July 4, 2018

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We all have this dream of being able to drive and having all the freedom that comes with it, don’t we? As soon as we have the big 1 7 in our sights, we can often get carried away at the thought of this freedom, looking at the cars we want and planning our first road trip. It’s easy to forget that way before any of this happens, we gotta’ learn and pass our test (talk about a first world problem… why can’t we just be born with this knowledge?) and this doesn’t come cheap. We have found out who’s paying for young drivers to get to that magic pass – as well as giving you some tips on how to cut the costs of learning to drive.

5 tips to save money on your driving lessons

Whilst learning to drive is pretty costly, and there isn’t a whole lot we can do about it – there are ways to keep the costs as low as possible! We’ve outlined ways to save money on driving lessons, tests and more.


Bulk booking lessons

Some driving instructors will give you a discount if you book a block of lessons together. Check out deals of driving instructors if you’re yet to choose one, or ask your current driving instructor if there are any discounts available.

Private driving practice

Young drivers can spend anything from £14 to £34 on an hours driving lesson, depending on where they live in the UK. Keep costs low by getting Learner Driver Insurance on a friends or family member’s car. This is to cover you behind their wheel, to get in plenty of extra driving practice at your own convenience. What’s even better is with us – you can get cover from as little as £1.69* a day.



Learning online

There are plenty of free resources online or apps, that can help you swat up for driving, whether that’s your lessons or test – you’ve got to be pretty familiar with the rules of the road. Ok, so you can’t learn to physically drive online, but spending your time reading up on the Highway Code will help your chances of passing more than playing GTA will.

Test bookings

Whilst you may not think a lot about when you book the theory of your practical tests, it’s worth knowing that booking tests mid-week is generally cheaper than the weekend. This could save you a few pounds on your learning to drive journey.

Pass first time

Of course, we all want to pass the first time, but whilst you’re eager to rip up the L plates – jumping the gun in booking your test could cost you more in the long run! It could save you money if you take more time in your lessons and feel completely prepared and ready to pass, before booking your practical!

Of course, the ultimate way to save money is just to get someone else to pay, right? We’ve found out who’s paying for lessons and private practice on a young persons driving journey. Is it them, or Mum and Dad?

Driving lessons

Whether you take your lessons week by week or cram them all in together – they can cost a fair bit of money, but who is the one forking out for it? In a recent survey of our Learner Driver Insurance customers, 55% of them said that they’re putting up the cost of the lessons themselves and aren’t solely relying on their parents to pay for them. Good job, guys!


Private practice

We may be paying for our driving lessons, but are we also paying for our private practice? In a recent survey, we found that 65% of our Learner Driver Insurance customers are relying on mum and dad for this one. We can’t do everything – can we?!

How do you pay?

After many years of believing money did grow on trees – growing up you realise it doesn’t, and if you want something, you’ve got to work for it. In a survey** of 500 learner drivers, we asked how they’re paying for their driving lessons. Over 60% of learner drivers are grafting for this one, and footing the bill by having either a full time or part time job!

Everyone learns to drive in different ways, so no matter how you go about getting behind the wheel, or who pays for it, if you follow these tips – hopefully, you’ll save some money when you get there!

* Price based on £151.39 for a 90-day policy. This amount is currently achievable by drivers from 3.45 million households in the UK. Price and cover dependent on location.

**This online survey of 500 UK learner drivers aged 17-25  was commissioned by Marmalade Car Insurance and conducted by market research company OnePoll, in accordance with the Market Research Society’s code of conduct. Data was collected between 13/04/2018 and 27/04/2018. All participants are double-opted in to take part in research and are paid an amount depending on the length and complexity of the survey. This survey was overseen and edited by the OnePoll research team, who are members of the MRS and have corporate membership to ESOMAR. 

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