Top tips on how to pass your UK driving test as a learner in 2021

Ever heard of the learner driver who passed his theory test on the 158th attempt in January 2021? It’s actually true and the joke was at his expense as at £23 a pop it cost him £3,634 in tests alone. Then there was the driver, who needed 43 attempts to pass his practical test. That has cost him £2,666 in tests. It turns out that taking the driving test and failing it is an expensive affair.

Don’t be like her. With a pass rate of around 750,000 annual driving tests in the UK, which is typically around 45 per cent, statistically you have a one in two chance of passing the test. It used to be pretty quick and easy to get a new one if you failed the test.

But in 2021 there was a backlog of around 430,000 tests thanks to the various lockdowns amid the pandemic. To try to give people a better than average chance of passing the exam, we asked the professionals for their advice on learning to drive, from using a driving instructor to choosing a good driving instructor.

How many driving lessons do you need?

According to the DVSA, you need about 46 hours of class to pass your exam. That will likely cost you around £1,400. But if you don’t pass the test it can cost you the equivalent of four or five more hours of tuition (around £150 – the cost of the test plus the instructor and his car for two hours). And that’s without considering tuition to ensure you have a better chance of passing the exam.

Should You Use a Driving Instructor?

At £25-30 for a lesson, paying a driving instructor is a significant financial investment – and this price can vary between driving schools and driving instructors. So why not take advantage of Mom or Dad’s school? Quite simply, would you expect your mom or dad to get you through high school? Didn’t think so.

Driving Instructors’ Association chief executive Carly Brookfield said: “Parents tend to have outdated knowledge about driving. That could lead a young driver to make a decision that could cost him his life. Top tips on how to pass your UK driving test as a learner in 2021

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