Since the Covid-19 pandemic, driving Test waiting times are taking on average 18 weeks in Liverpool and across the country too.
This is causing major delays for the majority of learner drivers, who’re looking to get booked in for driving lessons in Liverpool.
Below I have outlined an overview of a couple of methods, which will hopefully make the process of getting booked in and learning to drive a lot smoother.
If you haven’t got a recommendation for a driving instructor, then your other alternative maybe to use a search engine (like Google or Bing) for the best driving school in Liverpool.
What you may not be aware of? Is not all the best driving schools in Liverpool will be placed at the top of these search engines.
Also, with the current demand for driving lessons in Liverpool – you could also discover most of the driving schools you have contacted have a 2/3 month waiting list, or are just not taking on any new bookings until further notice.
To help you with your search we have placed a link for the Driving and vehicle standards agencies own search engine, which has 1000’s of driving instructors details within their database.
Their search engine is pretty easy to use. All you need to do is go to gov.uk and type in your postcode. Once you click the find button, there will be lots of driving instructors who appear and live within a 2 mile radius of your location.
In my case there where 40 instructors who appeared. Most of the driving instructors will have their contact details attached with a score of their last standards check and any relevant CPD he/she may have conducted too.
Flexibility is key when trying to get your first driving lesson booked in. If your schedule is only evenings and weekends, you may find it very difficult to get a driving instructor who has space.
As an alternative, why not suggest early mornings or a lunch break. If that doesn’t work ! You may want to consider booking some time off work or studies to book an intensive or semi intensive driving course.
Normally these courses can be booked over a week to a month depending on your driving experience and your personal circumstances.
Take a minute to analyse How many driving lessons you will need and length of time it will take to complete your driving course.
For example: I would like to pass my driving Test in 6 months ! Now assess the waiting times for theory and practical driving Tests in your area.
You can do this through this link: Normally the DVSA aim to keep theory tests within a 4 week wait and practical driving tests to a 6 week wait.
However since the Covid-19 pandemic, driving test waiting times are currently 3/4 months at Norris Green and Speke driving Test centres, which are both located in Liverpool.
To avoid disappointment, why not pass your theory test whilst waiting to get booked in with a driving instructor. You’ll then be in a great position to plan and book a driving test in your own timescale.
After conducting our research with 10 different driving schools in Liverpool, which are listed below:
We have concluded the average price for driving lessons in 2021 is £27-£32 per hour and £250-£290 for a block of 10 driving lessons in Liverpool.
Using £29 as an average with 35 hours of practice, then the overall cost of your driving lessons would cost roughly £1015.
Remember to also include your theory test fee (£23) and practical test fee (£62) and also the cost of your provisional driving licence which will cost £34.
After you add everything together, your overall cost of learning to drive will be around £1063.
Managing your budget could actually save you time and money when learning to drive. For example: if you’ve only budgeted for 50% of the total cost of driving lessons. This may cost you more in the long run, due to broken practice and disruptions within your course, will create problems with the rate you will pick things up.
If your a complete beginner, It may take roughly around 30/40 hours of practice, providing you pass your driving test first time.
Some learner drivers in Liverpool may need less driving lessons, some may need more, but to be totally honest, it’s a question that cannot be answered until you have had a few driving lessons under your belt first.
Then your driving instructor can gauge your skill level and work on an estimation.
My own recommendation to speed up your learning process would be to get private practice and to continue to study the theory of driving, even if you’ve already passed your car theory test, this will help your all round knowledge and should help you to gain a better understanding of the rules of the road.
Ask yourself would you like a passive approach to learning to drive or have you got a period of time you would like to have passed your driving test in?