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Driving Tuition and Tests – How To Minimise Costs

 August 29, 2015  /  Comments Off on Driving Tuition and Tests – How To Minimise Costs

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If it was possible to learn to drive pretty much overnight and for next to no costs, things would be far more approachable and agreeable for most learners.  Unfortunately, things aren’t nearly quite so ideal as according to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, the average learner driver will clock up around 45 hours of driving lessons prior to being able to pass that test – a process which can easily cost more than £1,000.

Driving Tuition and Tests – How To Minimise Costs

But what’s important to bear in mind here is that this is simply an average as there will always be those who find themselves paying twice this amount, while others come out successfully having spent nothing close to this. From study materials to examination fees and various other costs, things soon add up on top of the actual lesson fees themselves. The good news however is that there are ways and means by which costs can be brought to a sensible minimum, so keep the following tips in mind if you yourself are planning to seek driving tuition in the near future:

Choose the right instructor

First of all, it isn’t enough to simply head to the first driving school in Oxford you come across and assume they will be the best band of instructors for the job. First of all, most driving schools and instructors have their own unique fee and payment structures. Suffice to say some will charge considerably more than others, but that’s not the only thing you need to be looking into. The reason being that if a highly qualified and experienced instructor charges a little extra than a less qualified instructor, there’s a pretty good chance you will get much better value for money with the experienced instructor. After all, 45 hours at a good price is way better than 100 hours at a bargain price. Do your homework when it comes to seeking and choosing the right driving school and be sure to look for feedback and recommendations.

Block Bookings

Do bear in mind that if you plan to have your lessons once every week, it is probably going to take the best part of the year for you to pass your test. During this time, there is every possibility that the driving school will increase its hourly rates and so you will be paying more as you go along. As such, it’s often a good idea to discuss the possibility of block bookings in advance so you get a preferential rate by paying for several lessons at the same time. There are also sometimes options for all-inclusive packages which include a set number of hours and a test at the end, once again for a preferential rate.

Intensive Driving Courses

For those who would prefer to get things over and done with as quickly as possible and ideally for the lowest price, many driving schools offer short term intensive courses. In these instances, it is usually a case of being provided with many hours of tuition every day over the course of a week or two followed by as many tests as necessary in order to pass. Suffice to say it can be quite an intensive experience to say the least, but has the potential to take a person from first time newcomer to fully proficient driver within the space of two weeks. And in some instances, the total cost can be much less than a full year of driving lessons.

Avoid Peak Times

When it comes to value for money, one of the worst things you can do is arrange your driving lessons to take place at peak times. From bank holiday traffic to rush hour and any other busy times, for every minute you spend sitting in traffic and doing nothing, you are wasting your time and your money. By contrast, it is far preferable to book your lessons for a period when the roads are as quiet as possible giving you far more freedom to learn the ropes.

Study for Free

In terms of homework and study materials, try to remember that the latest information, updates and guides covering every aspect of driving both theoretical and practical can now be found online either free of charge or for extremely low prices. There is always the option of heading out and spending pretty hefty sums of money on books and DVD guides, but these days you really do not have to.

Practice With a Friend

Last but not least, if it is an available option for you, then one of the very best things you can do is to head out with a qualified driver – as in a friend or family member – and practice your driving skills with them by your side. You will of course have to be insured on the car which may not be cheap, but once you are legally able to drive the car with a driver next to you, you can technically indulge in as much free practice as you like.

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  • Published: 2 years ago on August 29, 2015
  • Last Modified: August 31, 2015 @ 9:41 am
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