Young bEar thE brunt of rising Cost of using roaDs
According to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVLA), the average UK driver needs 47 hours of lessons and more than 20 hours of practice to pass their test.
And with the average cost of an hour-long lesson costing £24, most learners have to fork out £1,128 just for tuition.
On top of that comes the escalating price of car insurance, which has risen to an all-time high after spiralling by 40% in two years.
The average cost of the five cheapest fully comprehensive policies rose by £113 in the past year to £690.
While the data from the AA shows the average policy cost is £1,152 – £171 higher than it was 12 months ago.
As a result, the value of shopping around has increased dramatically – seven years ago the difference between the average and the cheapest was £215. Now it’s almost doubled to £464.
Last year 17- to 22-yearolds bore the brunt of the price rises, with their policies increasing by 11% from the first to the second half of 2016 to £1,770.92.
Bogus whiplash claims, tax hikes and reforms to personal injury compensation have been blamed, with the AA saying the figures should serve as a serious wake-up call to the government that more needs to be done to tackle the crippling costs.