A sizeable majority of people nowadays learn to drive with the help of family members and friends, rather than professional driving instructors, according to a new survey.
The survey, by the money-saving website www.vouchercloud.com*, showed that only 26% of recently qualified British drivers passed their test predominantly using a driving instructor for lessons; 46% said the predominently learnt with a family member and 28% a friend.
The poll of more than 2,000 newly-qualified drivers suggests people don’t use instructors because they’re deemed too expensive – an average of £810 compared with £180 for those who predominantly utilise friends and family.
On average, those who stated they had learnt predominantly with a family member or friend said they spent eight hours with a qualified driving instructor before taking their test, compared with an average of 36 hours for those who had used an instructor for the majority of their lessons.
Matthew Wood, managing director of vouchercloud.com, said: "It’s surprising to hear that so many are choosing a less conventional route when learning to drive instead of the traditional method.
“That said, when you realise that those who turn to their family and friends can save so much money, it’s actually a wonder that more people aren’t just using instructors for a few lessons before taking their test.
"Driving instructors are great. Even if you learn to drive with others, you still have to take a few lessons with a qualified instructor before being allowed to book and take your test, so the profession will never disappear completely.
“That said, if you’re happy and comfortable to learn with someone that you know and trust then go for it.“