Family and friends fund learner lessons via FirstDrive
It's nearly your 17th birthday. You've passed your exams and you're thinking about what education steps to take next. You're already mapping out your future career prospects and the taste of freedom is just around the corner, as you apply for your provisional driving licence. But this exciting milestone can quickly turn sour once the reality of the dreaded f-word hits home: finance.
Learning to drive costs money - a hefty chunk of it. With an average of over £1,100 in professional driving lessons being spent alone. And for a young person who is only just legally allowed to work, getting that kind of cash together on their own is by no means easy.
The gift of driving
Ask a group of 17-year-olds what they'd like for their birthday and the chances are you'll hear a resounding: "driving lessons please!" The good news is, most relatives would be happy to contribute to their family member's driving lessons, providing their cash gift makes it safely into a savings pot rather than being spent in a nightclub, or worse - a tattoo shop. Ah, yes. About that.
The answer: a top-secret piggy bank with an intricate locking system and a code that only a driving instructor has access to. No, wait. The answer is just FirstDrive.
FirstDrive is a unique portal where prospective learner's friends and family can contribute cash directly to their driving lesson fund or by buying a giftcard.
The learner creates an account online then sends their relatives a link asking them (nicely!) to make a donation to their driving lessons.
The funds are redeemable at any UK driving school and if the learner driver passes before they've used up all their cash, it can be used to buy motoring products or even put towards buying a new car.
Insurance for new drivers
We've partnered with FirstDrive exclusively to give learner drivers and new drivers straight-forward, affordable car insurance.
With ingenie, drivers will be rewarded for good driving with money off their insurance - even while they're learning. The driver will get regular feedback via the ingenie app showing them where they're driving well and whether they're on track to earn some cash back.
While working on improving their driving style in acceleration, braking, cornering and speed, they'll get the chance to earn discounts 3 times a year, with extra savings at renewal!
By Katey Gregory
Katey Joined ingenie in 2014 and is in charge of all things social and content. She passed her driving test in 2015 and her first car is a Toyota Yaris T3 named Tyrone.