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Parents spending £444 million a year on getting kids onto the road

Parents spending £444 million a year on getting kids onto the road

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Figure is made up of lessons costs and first-car expenditure

Parents are spending £444 million a year on getting their kids behind the wheel, a new survey has revealed.

A survey of 2,000 learner and just-passed drivers was made to find out how they had been funded to get out on the road.

It discovered that 30 per cent rely on their parents to fund driving lessons and test costs, which means that parents are paying out close to £400 million on lessons alone.

Obtaining a provisional licence costs £34, with the theory test a further £23 and the practical driving test coming in at £62 –

In addition, 23 per cent of young drivers have their cars paid for by parents with an average of £4,233 spent on a first-time motor. This mean that parents are paying out £324.4 million a year on that shiny first car.

Last year, 333,170 young drivers aged 16-30 passed their driving tests, with Birmingham, Liverpool and Enfield proving to be the three toughest places to pass a driving test. In contrast, Inveraray, Mallaig and Gairloch topped the list of the easiest places to pass the driving exam.

Junctions topped the list of reasons behind a failed exam, coming above mirrors and control. The average first-time pass rate was 42.4 per cent, while the second-attempt pass rate was close too, at just 41 per cent.