With lesson costs going up and up (not to mention driving costs in general), learning to drive is becoming harder for the average person. However, that shouldn’t be a reason to give up your hopes of ever getting on the road. There are lots of solutions out there for bringing down the costs. Here are just a few tips.
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Look online for discounts and promotions
Many instructors will use discounts and promotions to attract new drivers. These could be ideal for getting a few lessons in half price or even a free lesson or two. Check out instructor websites and driving company sites for these discounts. You should also look out for vouchers. These can sometimes be found by subscribing to coupon sites and could help save you further money.
Consider an intensive course
You can often save money by taking an intensive course. This may last a week and may consist of several hours of driving a day. Where to pay for the same amount of hours spread out over several weeks it could cost far more. For some learners, an intensive course can make learning quicker, as you don’t have to wait from week to week to get behind the wheel. That said, some people may find that cramming in too much information isn’t their learning style.
Choose the right instructor
A bad instructor will result in you learning at a slower rate. Others may put you in for your test when you’re not ready, causing you to fail and then spend more on extra tests. Obviously, not all of this can be put down to your instructor, but in some cases it can make a difference. Read reviews online and read testimonials to get an idea of what other students have said. You should also get quotes on lessons and compare pricing. Be sure to always steer clear of dodgy driving instructors who may get you to pay for petrol or get you to pick up the next student before heading home, eating away into your lesson time.
Use free learning resources
Whilst there are lots of learning resources out there to buy, you shouldn’t have to pay to swot up on theory. By searching online, you may be able to find a free drivers guide, as well as quizzes and even hazard perception tests. There may also be free apps that you can use. Opt for these before paying money for such resources.
Time your test wisely
Some test centres may charge different rates for tests depending on when they are booked for. By booking a long time in advance, you may be able to get a cheaper rate than trying to find a slot for a few weeks’ time. Yes, you may be eager to pass, but that could be money you save that helps you to buy or insure a car at the end of it. Weekday tests may also be cheaper in some cases as these require many people to book time off work or school resulting in less demand.