In comparison to just two years ago, learner drivers now have to pay an average of £11,137 to get on the road. This is a staggering 47% increase.
This was revealed following analysis of Office of National Statistics (ONS) data by Heritage Car Insurance, which has added up the total cost of learning to drive and buying and running a car for a year.
Although the average cost of driving lessons, which is based on data from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency that suggests it takes 45 hours of lessons to learn to drive, has stayed consistent at £1,238, the cost of used cars and petrol has increased the most for new drivers.
According to ONS data, the average price paid for a first car today is £6,600, up from £3,562 just two years ago.
In the same period, fuel costs have risen by 67 per cent according to Heritage, which calculates that new drivers will pay out an average of £983 for petrol in their first year on the road.
Price spikes boost the financial threshold even higher for learners who must also find the money for their driving lessons and face expensive insurance rates due to their inexperience, even if the majority of drivers have been similarly hard-hit by rising used car and petrol costs.
The average cost of insurance cover comes in at £1,414, reckons Heritage, which is a relatively small increase compared to the £1,409 paid two years ago.
Learning to drive costs breakdown
Meanwhile, here’s a breakdown of the costs facing new drivers…
Learning to drive cost Price Average price of a first car £6,600 Average new driver insurance premium £1,414 Average cost of driving lessons £1,238 Licence and test fees £136 Fuel cost for a year £983 Road tax £177 Car repairs and servicing £369 Spare car parts and accessories £125 Breakdown cover £90 Cleaning materials £5 Total cost of learning to drive and get on the road £11,137