Gulp! You saw the flash of the speed camera out of the corner of your eye. Now the dreaded letter has arrived. Should you take the points or attend the National Speed Awareness Course instead?
If you rack up over 12 points in three years, you could be disqualified from driving.
The course is designed to encourage you to drive responsibly within safe speed limits. It usually lasts for about four hours.
This may sound a bit dull, but in fact the majority of people who take the course praise the experience and say they've learnt something new.
You don't need to take an exam at the end, but there may be some 'icebreaker' type questions about the highway code. Now when was the last time you looked at that!
Your details are kept on a database held by the National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme and if you're caught speeding again within three years of taking a speed awareness course, you're quite likely to receive a fine and penalty points straightaway.
You'll only be invited to take a speed awareness course if you haven't been on one in the past three years.
Check with your car insurance provider whether you need to alert them of you going on a speed awareness course.