If you are considering taking up driving, you might be wondering how much it is going to cost you to pass. The answer isn’t a simple number because there is far more to it than that.
If you do want to know more about how much it’s going to cost to pass a driving test, keep reading because that’s what we’re going to be discussing down below.
First, you’ve got to take driving lessons. You will be charged per hour for these lessons, and your instructor will not book you in for your test until they feel as though you are ready.
Keep in mind that they know when you are comfortable enough behind the wheel to take the test, and when they think that you can pass, then you will be booked in.
The longer this takes, the more lessons you are going to need, and therefore the more it is going to cost.
Don’t let this put you off, though, because it’s better that you take the test when you are ready and pass first time than fail. There is nothing wrong with failing your driving test, but it can be expensive, and it is going to be better for you to pay the hourly rate for a little longer until you are confident, rather than pay the test fee over and over again.
Don’t be afraid to talk to your instructor if you think you are ready. Let them know that you feel confident, and they will take this into account.
The Theory Test
You have got to pass the theory test before you can book and take your practical test. You can do this before you start lessons or while you are completing them.
There is a fee for the theory test, and this is £23 per time. If you fail the first one, you’re going to have to take it until you pass.
This contributes to the overall cost of passing your test, so depending on how many attempts this takes you, it could cost you more.
That’s why it’s important that you study for the test and take it when you’re ready. It’s made up of a multiple-choice section and the hazard perception. There is a minimum number of marks that you need to pass on both sides, and you must pass both parts to pass the test as a whole.
The Practical Test
Once you’ve passed the theory test and you are comfortable enough from your lessons to take the test, you’re going to have to pay for this.
This is going to cost you £62 on a weekday and £75 on the weekend. But, that’s not where the cost stops. Most instructors like you to have an hour in the car before the test so that you can go over anything that you need to last-minute and to help you relax, which means that you’ve got to pay for this hour.
Then on top of this, you’re going to have to pay for the hour that you have the test as these can last anywhere from 20-45 minutes.
As you can see, the cost of the practical test starts to add up and can become quite expensive. That’s why it’s important that you listen to your instructor and take the test when they think you are ready.
They won’t send you out there until they have faith in you.
If You Fail
Finally, if you fail your test, you’re going to have to pay all of this again when you take it the next time.
This will be the case until you pass, and you’re even going to need to take more lessons in the meantime to correct whatever went wrong.
Hopefully, now, you can see why there is no definitive answer as to how much it is going to cost to pass a driving test.
There are a number of different elements that come together to make up the total cost, such as how many lessons you need, how many times you take the theory test, and how many times you take the practical test.
As such, it will cost some people more than others to pass a driving test.
We hope that you have found this article helpful and now have a better understanding of how much it is going to cost to pass a driving test.
There isn’t one definitive number that we can give you here because it’s going to be different for everyone. We wish you the best of luck with your driving journey.
Note: Prices shown correct as of 09/2020