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1 October, 2010

The True Cost of Cheap Driving Lessons

RED Driving School warns learner drivers to look for quality instruction over cheap deals.

An Ipsos MORI poll of advertisers has found the cost of professional driving lessons varies by more than £26 across the UK.

The poll also shows that getting your driving licence could cost in excess of £1,000, with the average lesson price in the UK being £22.30.  This is based on DirectGov’s recommendation that the average learner driver needs 45 professional lessons to pass their test.

We are warning learner drivers that quality should always be the residing factor – more so than price – when choosing a driving school to teach you this important life skill.

RED Driving School’s managing director, Chris Hewitt, has said: “Good, quality driving instruction is not a something you should compromise on.  Being taught well, to the highest possible standards is crucial in ensuring safe driving for life.”

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James Wallace, of’s motoring site, is quoted as saying, “learning to drive with siblings, spouses or relatives can result in unintentional bad habits that can mean the difference between passing and failing, it’s best to shop around and go with the pros.”

This is a statement we would agree with.  It is advisable to take professional instruction in the first instance.  Your instructor will then be able to advise if and when you should supplement your lessons with private practice.

There are lots of deals and offers out there, but learners should make sure they do their research before getting behind the wheel with an instructor who promises ‘cheap lessons – pass quickly.’

Chris continues: “ I can understand the cost involved in learning to drive, but when considering your choice of driving school, I would advise against looking for the cheapest option and instead ensure you’re getting the best possible instruction.

“Our ethos at RED is to teach ‘safe driving for life’, not to just pass a test.”

Click here to read what our customers say about our driving instruction.