The bane of every young person’s life, the driving test, has recently celebrated its 75th birthday.

In that time, we’ve all grown accustomed to dodging erratic manoeuvres from new drivers, but now we can rejoice in the news that there is a new initiative designed to help the inexperienced motorist and ease the pain on parents’ wallets.

Halfords has teamed up with Provisional Marmalade to offer a new, radical type of car insurance which allows provisional drivers to purchase fully comprehensive insurance on a family or friend’s car for only £3 per day.

On a traditional policy, premiums to add an L-plate driver could be staggeringly high – often in excess of £3000. The car owner also had to put their No Claims Discount at risk if the learner is responsible for a collision.

The new policy is written in the name of the learner driver, costs between £90.95 and £99.50 per month and so is affordable enough to be paid for by the learner! It is a separate policy and does not affect any existing insurance on the car.

Cover can be arranged on, and packets of L plates on sale in Halfords stores carry details of the scheme.


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