How much is a speed awareness course?
Published 27 January 2017 by Emily Bancroft
Find out how much you’ll have to pay if you’ve got a speeding ticket.
Getting a speeding ticket can be really annoying, particularly if you don’t usually break the speed limit. But the limits are there to protect drivers and passengers – which is why it’s important you don’t speed.
If you’ve not had a speeding ticket in the past three years, you can go on a speed awareness course. This means you’ll avoid getting points on your driving licence. But how much will this cost and what will you have to do on the speed awareness course? We’ll take you through what it will mean for you.
What’s the cost?
If you’ve had a speeding ticket and it gives you the option to take a speed awareness course, check online to see how much it costs in your area. And if you just accept the points onto your licence or if you get a second speeding ticket within three years, this usually costs around £100.
As you can see, there’s not much of a difference in terms of what you’ll pay for a speed awareness course compared to the three points on your driving licence. But you can pay more for car insurance with points on your licence so this is another reason why you might opt for the speed awareness course.
What will you have to do?
When you go to the speed awareness course, you’ll need to bring your driving licence with you. If you don’t, you can’t take the course.
The speed awareness course will last around four hours and it will show you how your speed can impact other road users. Don’t worry, you won’t have to take a test – just see it as an opportunity to learn and get the most out of it you can.
After the course
Once you’ve taken the speed awareness course, you won’t get the option to take it again for another three years. So if you get another speeding ticket in this time, you’ll just get the points on your licence automatically.
You won’t automatically need to tell your insurer about your speed awareness course when you come to renew your policy. If your insurer doesn’t ask if you’ve done a speed awareness course, you don’t have to volunteer the information. But if they do ask when you apply, you’ll have to tell them – or else your policy might not be valid when you want to claim.
If you come to renew your policy and you find the price has gone up because you’ve done a speed awareness course, shop around to find a better offer.
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