Learning to drive can be expensive:
- Your first provisional licence currently costs £34.
- The average driving lesson costs between £25-£30 per hour.
- Theory test is £23 and practical test is £62.
- The average student takes between 45 -50 hours tuition to get to test standard.
That adds up to a total cost of between £1244 – £1619, assuming that you pass both theory and practical tests at the first attempt.
You would be strongly advised to ensure that funding is in place before starting tuition, so that the driving lessons can continue un-interrupted.
Is there any financial assistance to help pay for driving lessons?
- Motability can help with the cost of driving lessons but only for customers of the Motability Scheme; up to 40 hours of driving lessons may be available for those who receive certain means tested benefits (Income Support, Income related Jobseekers Allowance, Pension Credit, Housing Benefit, Income-related ESA or Working Tax Credit) or those in full-time education or training aged up to 25 years, whose parents/guardians receive the means tested benefits. There is now no age limit for this scheme but you must be a Motability customer who currently has a car, mobility scooter or powered wheelchair on the scheme. Please contact Motability on 0300 456 4566 to discuss.
The Motability scheme is managed by BSM. 14 hours tuition is initially funded during which time the theory test must be passed, the grant for the final 26 hours tuition will only then be made. It is important therefore that study for the theory test is started as soon as possible, if it is not passed within the first 14 hours of tuition, funding will stop; tuition can continue but it will have to be self funded until the theory test is passed.
Where adapted controls are required BSM will find a specially trained instructor (either a BSM or an independent instructor) with a suitably adapted tuition car; if more specialist controls are required and driving schools have not got a suitably adapted vehicle then tuition can be undertaken in the client’s adapted car. If there is any difficulty finding a driving instructor in your area contact Disability Driving Instructors via the Contact Us page.
- If following an accident you are making a legal claim for compensation, talk to your solicitor about the cost of driving lessons being added to the claim.
- Charities – it is possible to apply for grant assistance from many charities for small pockets of money (circa £200) – means testing may apply.
- Other organisations such as the local Chamber of Commerce may provide financial assistance.
Please note – Driving Mobility is unable to offer financial help towards the cost of driving lessons. Please contact the organisations suggested above who may be able to help.