How much do driving lessons cost nowadays?

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I want to start taking driving lessons, so I asked my cousin who the main providers were and he said BSM or the AA. So I rang up BSM and asked them for information on prices, and they said it's £23.50 per hour for my area. I was quite surprised as I was expecting something between £12 and £15. Is £23.50 too much to pay, baring in mind that I live in London and that according to the AA the demand for lessons is very high? How much do other driving schools charge?
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I want to start taking driving lessons, so I asked my cousin who the main providers were and he said BSM or the AA. So I rang up BSM and asked them for information on prices, and they said it's £23.50 per hour for my area. I was quite surprised as I was expecting something between £12 and £15. Is £23.50 too much to pay, baring in mind that I live in London and that according to the AA the demand for lessons is very high? How much do other driving schools charge?
Mine cost around £420 for 30 lessons and the theory/practical paid for. I think you should ignore the aggressive advertising ones such as BSM though as they're very expensive, go for a local school!
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Mine cost around £420 for 30 lessons and the theory/practical paid for. I think you should ignore the aggressive advertising ones such as BSM though as they're very expensive, go for a local school!
£420?!!?

I asked them how much a package costs, and they said 30 lessons + theory and practical tests (exactly same package as yours) for £726! Whereabouts do you live?
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£420?!!?

I asked them how much a package costs, and they said 30 lessons + theory and practical tests (exactly same package as yours) for £726! Whereabouts do you live?
I assume this is BSM? They charge an absolute fortune, pick up your Yellow Pages and find a local instructor/school. I live in Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire and it's a **** hole if you must know.
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it cost me £495 for 25hrs + practical in cardiff.

then paid £15 for every hour after that till i passed on my 4th atempt.

i would say 23 not a lot for london...but it may b worth asking around because there is bound to b lots of local driving schools.


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I get a local guy not part of a big company like BSM who does £90 for a group of 5.
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£17 for an hour (in bristol)

independent chap, very good.

an independent one might be a good bet
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I was getting lessons for about £16 an hour. Well, £15.99. So all in all I paid...sorry, my folks paid about £480 for around 30 lessons (add on top of that 3 tests :mad: )
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I've heard a lot of people criticising BSM, so is there anyone else you'd recommend? Anyone here been with the AA? Also could anyone here who has taken/knows about an intensive course give me a bit of info on it please? (i.e. number of lessons, length of course & prices). Thanks.
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(Original post by Stevie G)
I want to start taking driving lessons, so I asked my cousin who the main providers were and he said BSM or the AA. So I rang up BSM and asked them for information on prices, and they said it's £23.50 per hour for my area. I was quite surprised as I was expecting something between £12 and £15. Is £23.50 too much to pay, baring in mind that I live in London and that according to the AA the demand for lessons is very high? How much do other driving schools charge?
Get a bike instead. They're almost as quick as cars, more reliable, cheaper to run and environment friendly.
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Get a bike instead. They're almost as quick as cars, more reliable, cheaper to run and environment friendly.
Go one better and walk.
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Get a bike instead. They're almost as quick as cars, more reliable, cheaper to run and environment friendly.
It's sometimes hard to find parking with bikes though.
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I've heard a lot of people criticising BSM, so is there anyone else you'd recommend? Anyone here been with the AA? Also could anyone here who has taken/knows about an intensive course give me a bit of info on it please? (i.e. number of lessons, length of course & prices). Thanks.
i did an intensive with the lerner driver centre and theyre nationwide- prices depend on your area- was 495 for cardiff 25 hours +test.

they have a website- google for it.

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(Original post by Stevie G)
I want to start taking driving lessons, so I asked my cousin who the main providers were and he said BSM or the AA. So I rang up BSM and asked them for information on prices, and they said it's £23.50 per hour for my area. I was quite surprised as I was expecting something between £12 and £15. Is £23.50 too much to pay, baring in mind that I live in London and that according to the AA the demand for lessons is very high? How much do other driving schools charge?

First of all yes I am a driving instructor in London. I charge £24/hour with a discount for a block booking of 12 hours paid in advance.

When you go out for your nights out how much would you spend at a club?
£30,£40,£50,£60,£70. Lets go for the middle figure £50, granted nothing wrong with that, but if you can spend £50 on your night out then you can afford £24 for a driving lesson.

You need to be realistic,if you want to learn to drive you have to pay for quality tuition.You are likely to make quicker progress with a good instructor,ultimately it may be cheaper in the long run to pay a higher rate than go for a cheap option.

My conclusion is you get what you pay for by all means go to the instructor that charges £15/hour but don't expect quality tuition at that price.Ask questions. Are you a trainee? (pink badge) or are you fully Qualified?(green badge).What is your pass rate? Do you subscribe to dsa code of conduct?
How much do you charge for the use of car on test? Do you give theory tuition? Do have pupil progress charts. What are your terms and conditions?

Ask your friends who did they learn with? Did they have a good rapport with their instructor. There are schools out there that charge £18-£19/hour,as with most businesses driving instructors will aim for different parts of the market.

Personally I wouldn't get in my car for £18/hour let alone start it.
Overheads tend to be very high running a car for driving tuition.

Intensive course are ok if you have a reasonable amount of previous experience. I'm afraid doing 30 hours in a couple of weeks is difficult(there is a lot to take in) ,you would be far better taking a couple of hours /week until you have done your theory,then going for an intensive to polish up.My own experience is that people who start from scratch and do an intensive tend to go for a test ,are average at most things but good at nothing. Doing weekly lessons most people are good at the vast majority of things and average with a few things.

I hope that helps,good luck and I hope you pass first time.



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O pay £20 a lesson and my chap is great. i asked around loads getting. Brian had a 3 month waiting list but it was so worth it.
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Mine are £23 a lesson. I'm so getting ripped off by the sounds of things!
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My daddy pays £20 an hour for mine, but I have 1.5 hour lessons now. And he paid for my drving licence, theory test, driving test (on Fri), car, insurance, tax, MOT etc
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It costs me £19 a lesson but thats if you pay in advance for 10 lessons at £190, otherwise it is £21. With the AA.
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with bsm, i recently bought 10 hours for £220. i seriously suggest using recomendations from friends etc though. i had a private instructor before i moved and she was perfect for me, my new bsm one isnt but i dont yet know enough people round here to recommend to me! if you can, do that.

its cheaper. but also, my instructor was explaining to me how most people dont last long with aa/bsm etc is because they make more going private so theyve no reason to stay with lousy bsm/aa. furthermore, the only reason SHES staying with bsm is because she never intended to do it for long! so thats the jist really - all the pro drivers are out private.

people might disagree with me, but thats my take.
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BSM is as little as £19 an hour in some places.
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