Perhaps your teenager is now old enough to learn to drive. The state you live in goes by age, not maturity. You are the one who has to use good judgment. You have to take it slow and easy and let your teen know, that driving is a privilege and not a right. Abusing that privilege will result in major consequences.
Driving is costly. It is not just the vehicle and the gasoline that drive expenses up. In this article, we will share 7-ways to keep your costs down during this journey.
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Study, study, and study
Your (or your child) may know how to handle a vehicle quite well. But, the fact is they are going to have to take a written test. That test can be confusing. Let’s face it, so can driving. The law requires they pass the test before they can take the driving test and get their license,
Every time they take the test, they have to pay to take it. It is much less expensive to pass it on your first try. Study the drivers manual. There are free programs on the internet that will give a variety of test. This is good practice. They do not give you the same test every time. The questions are randomly selected and they will be on the drivers test. So, passing a few of these test will greatly increase the chances of only being tested once.
Select the right driving instructor
It can cost a bit to go through a drivers instruction course, but it is worth it. Do not go by money alone. Ask around and find a good teacher. Make sure he is accredited. You can try to teach your kid by yourself, but they may be at a disadvantage. Testing is a lot more difficult today than it was a few years ago. Teaching him yourself could result in having to take the written test repeatedly.
Depending on where you live, you could be required to take a certain number of classes before you can apply for a license. Be sure you understand what is required and find an instructor that wants to work with you. If you take the tests and fail, you may have to pay for the driver’s
classes again. You will save a lot of money if you find the right person to teach you and you do not have to add time to get extra help.
Double-up your classes
Most people schedule their driver’s lessons in one hour segments. But, if you are a new driver, one hour may just get you going well. Instead, schedule 2-hour classes. You will get more out of your lessons and be ready to take your test faster.
Get your full lesson – no second driver
There are instructors who instruct you to stop and pick up his next customer near the end of your lesson. This is unfair. You paid for the full amount of time and he should give you his full attention.
Practice with a licensed adult in your family
Again, this is done to give you more practice and to save you money. Practice with someone in your family so your lessons with the instructor will go quickly.
Often you can save money by being added as a learner on someone else’s policy. Ask your agent how long you can keep the insurance that is a lower rate.
Ask about a cheaper time to take the tests.
Often times you can get a discount by scheduling your test midweek. The busy weekends are prime time, and they charge a bit more to test learners.