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Learning to drive has never been cheap, but the typical cost of lessons alone has spiralled to more than £1,000, reports the BBC. An average learner driver requires 47 hours of teaching behind the wheel before being ready for their test, according to new government figures, plus a further 22 hours of private practice.
With the national average price for lessons standing at £24, according to the AA, the cost of lessons alone could stand at £1,128. Take into account the charge for the theory test (£25) and practical test (£62-75) and learners could have to pay more than £1,200 before being allowed out on the road by themselves.
As a result of these steep costs, a number of potential learners are having to wait longer before they can afford to learn to drive. David Walkley, who runs a driving school in Kent, told the BBC: "People are finding it a little bit more difficult, with the cost of living going up. They're finding driving lessons are an extra expense.
"They're going to university, spending £9,000 on that and then need to save for an extra few years before they come back to the driving."
One of Walkley's pupils, 25-year-old Richard Garbett told the BBC: It can be detrimental to the driving, because if you can't afford regular lessons and you have a couple of weeks in between, you'll lose skills, you'll maybe forget what happened in the previous lesson, and so end up in the long-run spending more money."