Why choose the speed awareness course?
If we're honest, probably the main motivation for choosing to take part in the speed awareness course is that we then don't have to pay the fine or accept points on our licence.
Having points on your licence will increase your car insurance costs and speeding convictions stay on your record for at least four years.
But, the speed awareness course is not free. Courses are run by instructors approved by the National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme and cost around £100.
However, at the end of the course, you should have a better understanding of the impact of driving at speed and how defensive driving gives you more time to assess the road ahead.
Being a safer driver can lead to fewer accidents. And if you don't need to claim on your insurance from one year to the next, you could benefit from protecting your no claim discount.
Do you need to tell your insurer if you go on a speed awareness course?
Insurers have a wide range of criteria they use to assess the cost of your car insurance, so it's best to check with your provider.
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that you're going on a speed awareness course, or that you've already attended one.
We only need to know if you've received points on your licence for a motoring conviction or fixed penalty notice.
What happens on a speed awareness course?
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.