A mother has told ITV News Central she is spending money on private tuition to teach her 12 year-old son to drive now, as she's certain costs will rise by the time he's 18.
Janie Alalwi bought her son driving lessons for his twelfth birthday. He is learning to drive at a school in Birmingham for 11-17year-olds.
The numbers of people taking driving tests in the Midlands have fallen by more than 23,000 in the year to March 2013. Experts say rising costs of running cars are to blame.
More top news
After a cloudy morning with occasional rain drier and brighter conditions will develop by early afternoon with sunny spells.
Staying windy and often rather cloudy, with patchy rain at times. It should gradually become brighter later.
A wet and windy evening with heavy, persistent rain spreading eastwards, clearing through the early hours.