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Cutting the costs when your child is learning to drive

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We Are Marmalade

December 19, 2017

Parent advice 3 min read

Everything when it comes to driving can be expensive. From lessons to private practice, cars, insurance and fuel, you may find that your teenager’s decision to learn to drive is racking up more money than you thought it would. The good news is, there are ways to cut costs whilst still providing your child with everything they need to get out on the road.

Lessons and private practice

Driving lessons can be expensive, with the average cost in the UK being £24 for an hour! One thing that can help cut costs, and give your child extra practice is Learner Driver Insurance. This is a short-term policy, of 30, 60 or 90 days that covers your child on your car, without affecting your no claims bonus! There is no limit on the amount of time they can use this policy to practise in your car. Remember, assisting your child in learning to drive doesn’t necessarily mean you have to teach them; let them practice what they’ve already been taught and just make sure you’re on hand to help if anything goes wrong.


Black boxes are the perfect way to keep your child’s insurance down, whilst helping them become a safer driver. Our black box insurance tracks your child’s braking, acceleration and speed, and will record each journey as green, amber or red. When each journey is completed, your child can look back at where they have been, and see where any improvements can be made. The black box helps make your son or daughter a lower driving risk by helping them develop safe driving skills, whilst saving a lot of money in the process.

The tests

Unfortunately, there is no way to cut the costs of the tests themselves. The best way to save money here is to make sure your child is ready to take them! The theory test costs £23 for cars, and the driving test costs £62 on a weekday and £75 at the weekend. It’s not cheap by any means, so making sure your child is as prepared as they can be before the test is important. If it comes to it and they don’t feel prepared, you can push back the test at no extra cost, up to 3 days before. This can be done up to 6 times!

Cutting the costs when your child is learning to drive

First car

Let’s face it, as a parent you want your child driving the safest, most bubble wrapped, anti-breakdown car you can find, and while this may not actually be a thing (sorry) there are some options to help get your child into as safe a car as possible when they’re first on the road. Brand new cars on finance, are a great way to get the peace of mind of a newer, safer car, whilst not breaking the bank! Luckily for you, our cars also come with free black box insurance for 12 months – so it’s smiles all around really!

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