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What is learner driver insurance?

If you want to get out on the road and practise around your regular lessons with a driving instructor, you’ll need to have learner driver insurance in place (also known as provisional driver insurance).

You can take out a policy to cover you while you’re driving your own car or somebody else’s, usually your parents’ or a close family member.

Choose between an annual or short-term policy, depending on your circumstances.

Do learner drivers need car insurance?

Yes, if you’re planning to practise in your own car or somebody else’s (apart from your driving instructor’s), you’ll need to be insured. It’s a legal requirement.

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How does it work?

Getting that all important practice in between lessons is vital if you want to pass your test sooner rather than later, but you’ll need to be insured before you can get behind the wheel.

You can either take out dedicated learner driver insurance or you can become a named driver on the car owner’s policy.

Learner driver insurance sits alongside the car owner’s existing policy, so if you needed to make a claim, it wouldn’t affect the owner’s no-claims discount (NCD).

However, if you decide to be added to the owner’s existing car insurance policy and have to make a claim, they’ll lose their NCD.

Alternatively, if you have your own car, you can take out provisional driver insurance and add a family member or spouse as a named driver. This will enable you to build up your own NCD.

If you’re only driving during lessons with an approved instructor in a vehicle they own, they’ll usually sort out the insurance which is then included in the price of your driving lessons.

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Types of car insurance:

There are three different levels of car insurance available. It’s important to note that a comprehensive policy won’t necessarily be more expensive than the lower levels of cover, so always compare options:

  • Third party only – The minimum level of cover permitted in the UK, it will only cover the cost of any damage you cause to other people and their property
  • Third party, fire, and theft – Provides the same cover as above, but also includes if your car gets stolen or damaged by fire, too
  • Comprehensive – The highest level of cover available, you’ll also be insured if your car is damaged and requires repairs, or is written off and needs to be replaced

How long does it take to learn to drive?

It takes 45 hours of driving lessons and 22 hours of private practise to pass your driving test on average, according to the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency.

What does learner driver insurance cover?

  • What’s covered?

    You could be insured for:

    • Legal liability if you injure someone or damage their property
    • Medical expenses if you or one of your passengers is injured in the vehicle
    • Theft or fire damage to the vehicle
    • Repairs or replacement if car is written off
    • Taking your driving test in the car
  • What’s not covered?

    Look out for the following exclusions:

    • There may be restrictions on when you can drive and the number of miles you can cover
    • Driving without a qualified driver – typically they’ll need to be over 21 years old and will have to have held a driving licence for at least three years
    • Driving after you’ve passed your test, even if it’s just home from the test centre. You’ll have to make other arrangements

Who is it suitable for?

Learner driver insurance is suitable for anyone who wants to practise in between their driving lessons in their own car or in one that belongs to a friend or family member.

How much does it cost?

This will depend on a few different things, including your age, the level of cover you need, how long you’re taking it out for, and the details of the car you’re planning to drive.

What details do I need to get a quote?

Before you’re able to get a quote, you’ll need to have the following information to hand:

  • Personal information – your name, address, and date of birth
  • Provisional licence number
  • Vehicle information including type and age
  • Details of the vehicle’s registered keeper

How can I get it cheaper?

Before picking a policy, try:

Comparing policies – Shop around to make sure you’re getting the cover you need at a low price. Compare annual policies against short-term options to figure out the right option for you and your bank balance

Additional drivers – Adding a named experienced driver to your policy if you have your own car can lower your premiums. However, it’s important you’re truthful about who will be driving the car most. Failure to do so is considered a type of fraud called fronting

Adjust your excess – By increasing your voluntary excess, you can save on your premiums. But remember that it should still be affordable because if you have to make a claim, you’ll be required to pay the amount you’ve chosen

Policy restrictions – Some policies will be cheaper if you agree to adhere to certain rules, like only driving during certain hours or keeping below a mileage limit

Black box insurance

Black box insurance (also known as telematics insurance) can be a great option for younger drivers and can help lower the cost of your insurance.

Your driving is recorded by a black box fitted to your car and analysed by the insurer, so driving safely may result in lower premiums.

Why are learner drivers more at risk?

It’s just a matter of inexperience behind the wheel, which makes it harder to spot potential hazards and make quick and safe decisions.

This means that learner drivers are seen as riskier to insurers.

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