Young drivers must each fork out almost £7,000 just to get behind the wheel, damning statistics claim.
The cost of cars and driving lessons are increasing massively across the country, it's said.
It means parents are often splurging thousands to get their kids on the road.
More than half (54%) said they have contributed to the cost of driving lessons, more than a quarter (28%) have paid or intend to pay towards the cost of a first car for their child, and a quarter (25%) have helped or intend to help with insurance costs.
Matt Oliver, spokesman for GoCompare Car Insurance, said: "Car insurance for younger drivers is still pricey compared to those who’ve got a few thousand safe miles under their belts.
"Unfortunately, statistics show that newly qualified drivers are more likely to have accidents, and when they do, they tend to be more serious and the claims are bigger, hence the higher premiums.
"Choosing the right car, preferably with a smaller engine to start with, and selecting a telematics or 'black box' type of insurance policy can help to keep costs down when starting out.
"The cost of getting a young driver on the road has increased again but this is down to the new motorists splashing out more on their first car."
But 12% of the 1,000 parents surveyed said they haven’t given or won’t be giving their child any money to help them start driving.
Back in 2009, the combined cost of a new young motorist learning to drive, buying, taxing and then insuring their first car stood at £5,731. It's increased by a whopping 20% since to nearly £7,000.
But you can find out the cost breakdown for your area by putting your postcode into our interactive gadget below.
GoCompare 's analysis looked at the cheapest insurance premiums quoted to customers in each area to calculate the average.
It then took into account the amount people spend on their first car, the cost of a licence, driving lessons, tests, and road tax to come up with a total for each area.
But the research only focused on policies where the main driver of policy was 17 years old and holds a full UK licence. It also excluded postcode areas where fewer than 10 customers had quoted.
The company, which was founded in Newport, south Wales, has offered tips for new drivers to keep insurance costs down.
Tips for new drivers to keep insurance costs down
- Choose a sensible car - Young drivers’ insurance premiums will be lower if they drive a standard car with a small engine (under 1000cc) in a low insurance group. It makes sense to drive something smaller and slower until they’ve built up some no claims bonus and have shown a safe driving record. Also, avoid cars with modifications, as they can push the price of insurance up.
- Consider opting for a higher excess – This may lower the premium but you will need to decide if paying a slightly lower premium is worth the risk of having to contribute more towards the cost of a claim if you have an accident.
- Select a ‘telematics’ policy – Some policies require your car to be fitted with a ‘black box’ transmitter and others do a similar job with a smart phone app. In both cases the idea is that your driving is monitored by the insurer and your premiums can come down faster than with a traditional policy if you prove to be a safe driver.
- Added extras – consider whether you really need added extras such as a courtesy car, legal assistance, breakdown cover and key cover. Some policies include these types of cover as standard or as add-ons but they’re not free – the cost will be built into the premium so you may be able to save money by removing them or choosing a different policy without all the whistles and bells.
- Adding a safe driver – Adding another named driver with a clean licence and several years claim free driving to a young driver’s policy could reduce their premium. This is one way a parent can help their child to get lower premiums without breaking the law.
- Drive safely – By being careful on the road you will avoid accidents, fines and penalty points, all of which will affect your insurance premium.