Most teens want to get out onto the roads as soon as they reach their seventeenth birthday. However, they often overlook many important factors when booking their lessons. To make sure everyone understands the situation correctly, we’re going to draw your attention towards some crucial realities. Learning to drive is an excellent way to gain some independence and explore the world around you. Even so, you must understand the essential elements involved before starting the process.
The cost involved
In the UK, it can be very expensive to learn to drive. The average teen will take around twenty hours of driving lessons. At around £20 per hour, that means your time with the instructor could cost £400 alone. On top of that, you have to think about theory and practical examinations. They could increase the amount you have to spend to just over £550. The spending doesn’t stop when you pass either. Once you have your licence, you’ll need to buy a car, insure it, and pay for road tax. The expenses just keep coming.
The danger involved
The idea of getting around without the need for public transport might be appealing. However, it’s vital that you recognise all the dangers involved when driving. You are essentially travelling inside a mobile brick wall that could easily kill people if it collides with them. That is why you need to ensure you stay alert and mature at all times. Silliness could cost lives. Also, people know they can claim for a car accident these days, and so they won’t hesitate to take you to the cleaners. You can’t complain about that if you have caused injuries to someone else because you were messing around.
The hassle involved
People tend to think that learning to drive will be easy. We think it can be a bit of a pain. Not only do you have to put a couple of hours aside each week for your lessons, but you will probably have to travel a long distance to reach your local testing centre. That means driving will become a bit commitment on which you must learn to focus. If you have a half-hearted approach, it could take you months or even years to get behind the wheel legally. Just make sure you don’t start something you are unlikely to finish.
So long as you perform a lot of research and fully understand all the realities of driving, you should be ready to book some lessons. Don’t get ahead of yourself though. The instructor will want you to learn at a certain pace, and you must listen to their guidance. At the end of the day, there is no obligation for you to drive in the modern world. It is more than possible to get around using public transport and taxis. So, don’t stress too much if you decide now is not the best time to get your licence. Your situation and attitude towards the endeavour might chance in the future.
We hope that has helped you to see things a little more clearly.