Speed awareness courses have become a more popular option over points in recent years. Many of us have heard of them but not a lot is really known about them, unless you’ve already been on one. With so many questions about speed awareness courses being asked, we’ve pulled together some of the most frequently asked and provided answers below.
The cost of a speed awareness course can vary depending on the area you live in. Typically, the cost is around £100. This is also roughly the same cost as a fixed penalty notice which usually incurs 3 points on your licence. A good tip to remember is that points on your licence usually result in an increase in your insurance premiums, which works out as the more expensive option when compared to the cost of a speed awareness course.
Speed awareness courses are designed specifically to educate individuals on road safety and the potential consequences of speeding. They are not run by the police but by organisations with tutors who deliver the course. They usually last for about 4 hours and consist of a variety of small and larger group participation elements. They’re designed to help educate the people who attend them and no content is delivered to patronise or scold any participants.
Speed awareness courses are not run by the police, as it’s commonly thought. Instead they’re run by organisations in your area and delivered by specially trained tutors and instructors. These organisations work with the local constabulary to help deliver the course to groups of participants who have chosen to take part.
Although there is no specified length of time for a speed awareness course, typically speed awareness courses last for 4 hours.
Speed awareness courses aren’t offered as standard. If you’re eligible to go on one then you’ll be given the option. You’re only offered to go on a speed awareness course if:
If you don’t meet these criteria then the alternative is a fixed penalty notice and at least 3 points on your driving licence.
Speed awareness courses can only be taken once every 3 years. Once you decide to take the course, it must be completed within 4 months of the committed offence.
A speed awareness course is not classed as a conviction. There’s some discussion around whether having attended a speed awareness course can affect your premium, with some companies seeing it as a negative rather than a positive. The best thing to do is look around to find the best deal for you.
If you’re asked by your insurance company then you should declare that you have taken a speed awareness course. However, it is down to the insurance company to ensure that they collect all the necessary information from you in order to provide sufficient cover, not for you to declare anything you feel is of interest.