Hitting 17 & 18 is a huge milestone for so many reasons. You’re finding your way through your A-Levels or college, you might be preparing yourself to go to university and you’re finally able to learn to drive – there’s loads of life changing things happening! That’s why, with everything going on, it may be easy to put learning to drive on the back burner and think about picking it up in the future… and that’s fine, but we think there are actually a few good reasons for passing your test before you leave school – here’s why!
1. You have a better chance of passing at 17 & 18
Believe it or not, learners who take their driving test at 17 are more likely to pass than those who are older! Marmalade data shows that from 2009-2019, the average pass rate of someone aged 17 was 55.8%, then it goes to 48.2% at 18. This data also shows that unfortunately, the older you get, the lower your chance of passing becomes – so get in there as early as possible to avoid having to pay for more than one driving test!
2. You’ll save money
Passing your test whilst you’re living at the family home means you have the option of sharing the family car – which saves you not having to fork out for your own set of wheels after the expense of learning to drive! It also means that if you choose to get an annual insurance policy on a parents car, you’ll start to earn your own No Claims discount too. This can give good savings on insurance premiums, so building up your No Claims discount as early as possible is always a good thing!
3. Better job prospects
Passing your test before leaving school also helps with job prospects – not just once you’ve left school but also if you pick up some part time work whilst you’re still studying. You won’t have to rely on Mum or Dad to take you to and from your part time job if you’ve passed your test, you can take yourself! It also goes without saying that having a driving licence will give you better job prospects once you’ve left education too!
4. Get that independence
As you prepare for the final year of your school life, you’re finally seeing the light at the end of the ‘teen’ tunnel and will soon be a fully-fledged adult. Yes, this comes with responsibility, but it also comes with a newfound freedom, and driving is a huge part of that. You gain your own independence when you can drive and no longer have to rely on unreliable busses or the taxi of Mum & Dad.
5. Get the help from Mum and Dad
If you pass your test whilst you’re still at school and still living with your Mum and Dad, they can be on hand to help you in your driving journey! They’ll likely have years of experience on the roads so can help you with your revision as a learner, taking you for private practice, increasing your driving confidence, and so much more. They’re also there to help you learn and build up your confidence when it comes to car maintenance which can be a life saver when you’re driving solo!
6. It’s one less thing to worry about
We know that being 17 can be a stressful time, juggling everything from exams to deciding which University you want to go to (if any!), but this is the perfect time to learn to drive. Before you move away from home and have to count every penny for your student shop, before any major responsibilities – and expenses – hit, getting that driving licence under your belt means you’ll have one less thing to worry about in the future and for life after school, whether you go to University, full time work, higher education, apprenticeships etc – having a licence gives you more opportunities and doesn’t confine you into doing only one thing. The world is your oyster, after all! Harvey, 36 said: “I really wish I'd passed my driving test when I was 17 or 18. At the time it didn't seem important but now I'm having to juggle learning to drive with working full time and raising a family, which is really time consuming. If I had passed back then, it would be a huge weight lifted off my shoulders”