Motorists have revealed exactly what happens on a typical speed awareness course, following the revelation that 1.45 million motorists in the UK attended a course in 2018 – up 36 per cent on the figure from 2013.
Researchers from car leasing giants LeaseCar.uk spoke to experienced drivers who revealed exactly what happens on a typical speed awareness course.
The cost of completing a speed awareness course varies by region but is typically priced between £90 and £100.
The four-hour long course is designed to educate motorists about the life-threatening risks they pose to themselves and other road users when breaking the speed limit.
This is what drivers can expect when they complete the course.
Despite being widely believed, there are no police officers present during the speed awareness course.
They are instead run by advanced driver trainers who are there to simply prevent guilty motorists from re-offending.
However, this does not mean strict rules are not in place as a driver who turns up ten minutes late will be asked to leave and will be referred back to the police. Similarly, anyone caught on a mobile phone during the course will also be told to leave.
Attendants are also not required to pass a test in order to complete the course and avoid the points on their licence.
As long as they turn up on time, pay attention and engage with the professional instructors they shall complete the course.
Towards the end of the course drivers will be tested on what they have learnt throughout the day in a group quiz. The scores are not recorded nor do they affect whether a driver completes the course but doing well can lead to a sense of overall satisfaction.
The dangers of speeding – and the benefits of driving economically
Unsurprisingly, the dangers of speeding are covered extensively during the course, with sobering lessons taught to all participants.
For instance, a car driving at 35mph will still be travelling at 18mph at the point it would have stopped if at 30mph which can be the difference between hitting a pedestrian and causing a potentially fatal injury or not.
As well as the dangers of speeding, drivers are also taught the benefits of obeying the speed limit.
Being taught how to drive economically and the benefits of doing so are covered in depth.
Regularly checking tyre pressures, reducing weight in a vehicle or driving at 56mph when appropriate are just some of the pieces of advice offered to drivers.
A course participant’s car insurance also wont be affected by the taking of the course.
Despite this LeaseCar advise: “While you don’t get a conviction it’s still advisable to check your insurance terms and conditions which will minimise the risk of your insurance being invalid due to not disclosing or withholding this information.”