Learning to drive is a skill which can be extremely handy. Not only can it make life more convenient, it can also open up various jobs to you. It can be very difficult or perhaps even impossible to reach some locations on public transport and so driving might be your only option. However, learning to drive can be really expensive. There are things that you can do that will help to reduce the cost though.
Buy a Batch of Lessons
With some driving schools you will be able to get a reduction if you buy a batch of lessons. It is a good idea to look out for these but also contact independent instructors and see how they compare. Ask around too and see what others think. There may be people you know that have recently had lessons who may be able to recommend someone. It is wise to make sure that you think about value for money as well though as you do not want to end up paying a very small amount and finding that you will not get a very good teacher or get someone that does not teach you everything that you want to know. Of course, to be able to afford to do this you will need a lot of money. It can therefore be wise to delay learning to drive until you have saved up the money that you need. Then you will be able to afford to do it this way and hopefully you will be able to pass your test pretty quickly.
Do your Theory Test Early
It is well worth booking in your theory test really early, even perhaps before you take any lessons. You have to pass this before you can book a driving test and so if you do it and do not pass, you may have to delay your test. This could mean paying for more lessons and therefore you could end up paying more. Also try your hardest to revise really hard so you are confident going in to the theory test as if you fail you will have to pay to take it again, which will cost you even more.
Find a Friend of Family Member to Teach You
It can be handy to find someone you know to teach you. It is a good idea to ask around friends and family to see if someone will volunteer. If you can get some practice without paying (or perhaps just paying for fuel) this will help in most cases. If course, you need to make sure that you do not get into bad driving habits because they do not teach you correctly. Therefore, it can be handy to either just drive and ask them not to help you or to pick someone that has fairly recently passed their test so they can remember what you need to do. You may need to ignore instruction form some people as they may just insist on giving it to you anyway!
Keep Lessons Close Together
It is a really good idea to keep your lessons close together. This is because you may forget things between lessons. So, if you can get lots of practice then this will help. It is wise to have at least two driving lessons a week and then you should not need to have so many compared with if you have one a fortnight, for example. Even if some of those are with friends and family, rather than an instructor, it should all help you to be able to stay in practice and be able to take your test more quickly.