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Midrive learners pass in 17 fewer hours than the UK average. That means they could save up to 35% on the cost of learning to drive compared to the average learner.

Midrive 30 hours, UK average 47 hours

How it works

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Book

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Start your lessons. The remaining payment is taken when your first lesson is confirmed.

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Learn with the best

Everyone deserves to build their confidence with a patient and knowledgeable instructor. Our instructors come recommended by other learners like you, so you only learn with the best.

Most importantly, we recognise how important it is to learn with someone who suits your learning style. So if you’re not feeling it, you can switch instructors at any time.

Driving lessons near you

Wherever you live - from the bustling roads of London to the lively streets of Nottingham, Leicester, or Cardiff - we’ve got your back.

We have over 4,500 instructors across the UK. So whether you live in a large city like Manchester, Liverpool, or Birmingham, or a quiet country village, there’s an instructor in your area to help you build your confidence with manual or automatic lessons.

No matter who you are, or where you call home, you should have the freedom to learn on your schedule, and pass your way. Our driving lesson guides will help you get on the road in no time!

Common questions

How much are driving lesson prices per hour?

The average cost of driving lessons in the UK is £24 per hour. However, driving lesson prices vary depending on your location, how much your driving instructor charges and whether you choose to take manual or automatic driving lessons.

Midrive offers great-value driving lessons across the UK, so wherever you are, we're ready to get you on the road for less. Our driving lesson prices start at £20 an hour for manual driving lessons and £26.25 for automatic driving lessons.

According to the DVSA, learner drivers take an average of 47 hours of lessons before taking their test. On the other hand, Midrive learners are 38% more likely to pass first time and in 17 fewer hours, saving you time and money.

Enter your postcode to see driving lesson prices near you.

Can I get cheap driving lessons?

You don’t want to spend more on driving lessons than you have to. But you also want to make sure you’re getting the best tuition possible.

Some schools offering cheap driving lessons will match you with an instructor who’s still in training, or make up the price difference by staying stationary to save on petrol during your lessons.

On the other hand, Midrive matches you with an experienced driving instructor and offers cost-effective lessons. That means you’ll love learning, pass quickly and ultimately find your freedom for less.

Is it cheaper to learn to drive an automatic?

Automatic driving lessons are usually more expensive per hour than manual driving lessons because there are fewer automatic driving instructors available. That said, there aren’t as many skills to master when you learn to drive an automatic, so you may be able to pass your test after fewer hours of lessons, allowing you to learn to drive cheaper overall.

How much does it cost to learn how to drive?

The average price per hour for a driving lesson is £24 and the average learner in the UK takes 47 hours of driving lessons. That means you’re looking at an average of £1,128 for driving lessons, plus the cost of your provisional licence, theory test and practical driving test. It could cost you less if you’re able to take fewer hours of lessons before passing the practical test.

What are practical driving lessons?

Practical driving lessons prepare you to pass the DVSA practical driving test, so that you can qualify to drive a car on public roads. Practical driving lessons should take place with a fully qualified driving instructor in a dual-control car.

What do you learn in driving lessons?

If you're a beginner on a provisional licence, your driving lessons will teach you how to become a safe and confident driver, in preparation for passing your practical driving test. Your lessons will cover basic skills such as steering and clutch control, right the way through to more complex skills like learning how to park and performing other manoeuvres.

There are advanced skills that may not be covered in your driving lessons depending on what time you take your lessons and where you live. These could include nighttime driving, motorway driving and driving in different weather conditions. Many learners choose to take refresher lessons after passing their test, allowing them to cover advanced skills that will help them continue to grow in confidence after passing.

What can I expect on my first driving lesson?

Here are 5 things you can expect to happen on your first lesson. 1. Your driving instructor will check your provisional licence 2. Your instructor will usually drive you to a suitable place to learn 3. You’ll get into the driver’s seat 4. You’ll learn the cockpit drill 5. You’ll have a go at moving off and stopping

How can I find lessons near me?

Easy! Just enter your postcode above to find your local rates. We offer lessons in packages from 5 to 30 hours which can be topped up at any time within our free Learner app.

From there it’s simple. We'll aim to get you matched with a local instructor within 24 hours, then for each lesson you'll be picked up and dropped home again.

How many driving instructors are there in the UK?

The Telegraph revealed that in 2016 there were around 40,000 driving instructors in the UK. However, there are many more manual driving instructors than there are automatic driving instructors.

How do I choose a good driving instructor?

Here are 7 steps you should follow when choosing a driving instructor: 1. Read reviews on unbiased review sites like Trustpilot 2. Ask your friends and family for recommendations 3. Check that the instructor is a fully qualified approved driving instructor (ADI), rather than a potential driving instructor (PDI), who will still be in training. 4. Find out how long you’d have to wait before your first lesson 5. Check that their teaching style fits with your learning style 6. Read the terms and conditions carefully

Or you can just ask Midrive to step in - we’re rated ‘excellent’ on Trustpilot based on over 700 reviews, we only work with fully qualified ADIs and we’ll get you on the road for your first lesson within 7 days.

Can I take lessons if I'm under 17?

In most circumstances, no. You need to be 17 and hold a provisional driving licence to start taking lessons. You can apply for your provisional licence at fifteen and nine months old, and you can book lessons too, but you can’t take them until you’re 17.

However, if you’ve received or are about to receive the mobility component of the Personal Independent Payment, then you can start lessons and take your test at 16. For everyone else though, it’s 17.

How many lessons do you need to pass your driving test?

According to the DVSA, the average learner takes 47 hours of lessons before passing the practical driving test. The DVSA also recommends 22 hours of private practice.

That said, there are lots of factors that could affect the time it takes you to learn, such as whether you take automatic or manual driving lessons and how quickly you pick up new skills. Midrive learners take an average of just 30 hours of driving lessons before passing the practical driving test, meaning they pass 17 hours faster than the UK average.

Can you learn to drive in 10 hours?

Driving is a complex skill that requires a lot of practice, so it’s unlikely that 10 hours will be enough time for you to become a safe and confident driver. However, every learner is different. It may be possible for some learners to pass after just 10 hours of driving lessons with plenty of private practice. Many learners also find they’re able to pass faster by learning in an automatic rather than a manual car.

How many driving lessons should you take per week?

There is no set rule about how many driving lessons you are allowed to take per week. As long as your availability and your instructor’s availability allows for it, you can take as many driving lessons per week as you would like.

That said, regular two-hour lessons once or twice a week will give you valuable experience driving in different weather and traffic conditions. It will also give you time to absorb what you’ve learned so that you can make the best use of each session with your instructor.

Do I need a theory test before driving lessons?

You can take driving lessons without having passed your theory test. Some people prefer doing this as they find the practical experience of taking lessons can help them understand the Highway Code better.

However, there’s a real bonus in taking your theory as early as possible. Once you’ve passed it, you’ll know the Highway Code inside out, saving you time to focus on the practical challenges.

Can I take driving lessons in my own car?

Driving instructors usually give driving lessons in their own cars. Instructors’ cars are fitted with dual controls for safety, and are covered by insurance for this purpose. Nevertheless, there’s no rule to prevent you from learning to drive in your own car as long as you are insured. You might choose to do so if your car has been adapted for any access needs you may have, for example.

Do you have to have driving lessons to take the driving test?

You don't need to take driving lessons to take the practical driving test. All you need is to be at least 17, to have passed your theory test, and to have a car (in which you’re insured) to take your test in. However, it’s usually recommended that you take at least some driving lessons to make sure that you’re safe and ready for your test.

If you're new to the UK and have driven elsewhere, you may only need a few refresher lessons to be test-ready.

How many people pass their driving test first time?

Almost half (46.6%) of test takers passed their practical driving test first time in 2018-19, according to the DVSA. This isn’t a huge difference from the overall pass rate, which was 45.8% for the same period.

How do I pass my driving test first time?

Here are 5 tips to help you pass your driving test first time: 1. Take regular driving lessons 2. Ask your driving instructor whether you’re ready before booking your test 3. Choose a test centre in an area you’re familiar with 4. Take a driving lesson directly before your driving test 5. Take your driving test in the car you’ve been learning in

Does driving get easier?

Driving is a complex skill that takes time and practice to master, but it does get easier with time. You’ll continue to improve and find driving easier even after you’ve passed your driving test. In fact, many people find driving easier once they no longer have the pressure of someone else in the car assessing them.

Can I get free driving lessons on benefits?

You won’t automatically get free driving lessons for being on benefits. However, if you’re disabled or you have a strong need to drive for other reasons (you might be a carer for a family member, for example), you may be able to get help by applying to your local council or to a charity like Motability.

What is an ADI number?

All fully-qualified, registered driving instructors should have an ADI number. You can contact the DVSA with an ADI’s number to check whether they are qualified. You can also enter your instructor’s ADI number when you book your test, to make sure that you don’t book your test at the same time as someone else with the same instructor.