The costs of learning to drive revealed

MoneySupermarket estimates the cost of lessons, theory tests and the practical exam costs drivers £2,741 on average.

Official sources recommend an average of 47 hours of tuition from a paid instructor. Driving lessons now cost an average of £24 for an hour and the average amount of money spent on driving lessons is now £1,128.

Drivers will also have to shell out £141 to take the theory and practical tests and will be required to pay the fee each time it is retaken.

Luckily for drivers based in the north of England and Scotland the top ten centres for passing first time are all based near the top of the UK.

For example, Campbeltown in Argyll and Bute has the highest pass percentage at 72.5 per cent, slightly ahead of Ballater on 72.2 per cent.

Other northern and Scottish towns including Lerwich, Lochgilphaed, Dunoon and Kendal also boast pass rates above 68.7 per cent.

Meanwhile drivers in Bradford are most likely to fail their test with only 31.6 per cent of people passing the test for the first time.

Wanstead, Belvedere, Wood Green and Wednesbury all have exceptionally low pass rates of 35 per cent or less in the most difficult places to take a driving test in the UK.

However, all drivers will experience a higher pass rate during school hours when there are fewer cars on the road and drivers will also benefit from cheaper tests during week days.

The main cost of driving for newly qualified drivers is insurance in the form of full insurance and learner driver insurance. The average insurance policy for drivers aged 17-19 costs £1,422.

MoneySupermarket has offered tips for young drivers who wish to reduce the cost of the car insurance once they have passed their driving test.

This includes adding an older, more experienced driver to the policy and can often result in a lower premium. However drivers have been warned naming another driver as the main policy holder is illegal.

Drivers can also reduce their car insurance policy by offering to pay a higher excess in the case of an accident. The excess is the amount of risk a driver will take on and the larger the agreed payment the lower the insurance policy.

Other tips to reducing insurance premiums include reducing the risk of the car being broken into or stolen by parking in a secure area and fitting alarms and immobilizers to the car in question.

In order to keep insurance premiums at a low level drivers are warned not to modify the car. Modifications can prove costly because they can make the car more desirable to thieves and any performance enhancements will increase the likelihood of an accident and force insurance prices up.