Drivers spending £4,600 on lessons as some admit they wouldn’t be able to pass tests again

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Only 12 percent of experienced drivers believe they wouldn’t pass either test the first time. A further 15 percent think they would pass the practical, but not the theory.

Following the most recent coronavirus lockdown, many driving instructors returned to offering lessons, although with fewer hours and more safety precautions.

A huge backlog of driving lessons and tests are still being felt by learner drivers across the UK.

According to new research from Compare the Market, one in five learner drivers have their theory or practical test booked this year.

But, due to the backlog of tests as a result of the pandemic, budding drivers have had to wait longer than anticipated for their practical.

On average, drivers have to wait an extra nine weeks, which could cost them a further £569.43 in lessons to prepare.

Drivers are also having an average of three lessons per week to prepare for their practical, costing around £21.09 per lesson.

Because of the nine-week delay, they may need to pay a further £569.42 for additional lessons in the meantime.

Speaking about the research, a motor spokesperson at comparethemarket.com, said it was interesting to see how confident drivers were.

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They said: “Preparing for your test is both an exciting but daunting experience for learners and as our study shows, many are having to pay out more money for lessons due to the backlog of tests. 

“However, the hefty costs don’t stop there.

“Car insurance for young drivers is also costly and the average car insurance premium for a 17 to 24-year-old now stands at £1,0632.

“Switching car insurance is a great way for young drivers to cut the cost of their premium, and they could save up to £983.”

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