Male driving lesson costs revealed

Driving lessons and a first year of motoring are likely to cost young drivers well over £12,000 a year before they even drive anywhere on their own, a survey has claimed.

Car insurance is the biggest proportion of the cost, said road safety charity the IAM.

The charity said a 17-year-old male would have to shell out £12,300 - with the average full-time salary for 16-17 year-olds in 2009 being £9,300 - and 18-21 year-olds would have to pay £14,440.

It costs on average of £1,128 for lessons, £100 in total for the theory and practical parts of the test, £3,000 for a five-year-old Kia Picanto, £7,900 for insurance, based on a popular comparison site quote, and £180 for tax and MOT.

Although young males pay the most for insurance, being at the highest risk on the road, legislation is being introduced at the end of next year to make it illegal for firms to discriminate over gender.

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