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Speed Awareness Course.

A_man_called_CHIOG  Male  South East London 9-Jul-2019 07:14 Message #4744235
A good idea? Better than points? Have you been on one? Do they work?
MrQuiet  Male  Northamptonshire 9-Jul-2019 14:01 Message #4744275
They are better than points if you already have points on your licence. I think they are a good idea and if only a few percent of those attending become better drivers then they are worthwhile.
Andromeda  Female  Berkshire 9-Jul-2019 16:36 Message #4744291
What do you do on a speed awareness course.
Templar2013  Male  South East London 10-Jul-2019 08:52 Message #4744367
I socialise with someone who helps run one of the courses and he says they are much more successful than many might think. You might never stop the maniac driver doing speeds that are dangerous all the time but they do change the driving habits of the more careful driver who just speeds a little bit without realising how much more danger they are putting themselves and others in.
I think he said around 80% of those attending got questions about UK speed limits wrong.
terry  Male  West Yorkshire 10-Jul-2019 09:04 Message #4744371
A couple of people i know have been on them, they both said it surprised them just how little they knew or understood and had altered their driving because of it. It seems they do have a positive effect.
tumbleweed  Male  Gloucestershire 10-Jul-2019 13:25 Message #4744419
I went on one about 10 years ago...

You do learn things on them...if you take notice that is...

There are some good things...and some criticisms as well...

From what I can remember:-

You could only go on it if you were doing under 40 in a 30 limit...I was doing 36 and the camera got me..If you were doing over 40, or over any other speed limit, you didn't used to get the chance of going on one...It was automatic points and fines etc...Not sure if that still applies or not.

The cost of it used to be the same as the fine I think...

There weren't any 'boy racer' types on ours...probably as they wouldn't 'qualify'...There was about 15 of us...One was a vicar...a few housewives...a van driver...just generally 'normal' people...also everyone seemed 'normally' law abiding...although we were all on the naughty step for doing the same thing against the law...

You get a cup of tea..

and they aren't really interested in any excuses...'I was perfectly in control...' or I was aware of everything around me...' etc etc...They have heard them all before many times..

They go through each person at the start, and we all have our own 'I was totally aware' story etc, then they do the course...then go back to look at all your 'excuses' and ask 'Have you changed your mind now'..

Most people just respond 'yes', as you have been 'captured' for a few hours now, and want to get out...For anyone wanting to continue arguing their point...leave them to it...Good luck to them...

It does make you think more though..and most realise that they haven't read the Highway code for years...

As an aside...The worst accident that I have been involved in was when I was stationery in a queue on the 'Heads of the Valley' road in Wales, a few years ago, and the causer wasn't concentrating at about 50mph, and smashed into the queue...The road was closed...Police were called...everyone breathalised...and ambulances on scene...nobody was seriously injured..Some of us spent an hour or so in the ambulance...My car was completely smashed in...if someone had been in the back, they wouldn't be here now...

and the strange thing is..the person who caused it, unless they have changed the rules, wouldn't be allowed on a speed awareness course...
Cautious1954  Female  Berkshire 10-Jul-2019 16:56 Message #4744445
It definitely looks as if most of us have a lot to learn and drivers could be much safer on the roads than they are presently.
HotOrWot  Male  Lancashire 13-Jul-2019 18:15 Message #4744958
It definitely looks as if most of us have a lot to learn and drivers could be much safer on the roads than they are presently.

Very much so. Older drivers are often unaware of more recent changes.
KatieBubbles  Female  West Sussex 14-Jul-2019 17:39 Message #4745096
I saw some great driving and some rubbish driving today. The great driving was at Silverstone and the many examples of bad driving were on our local roads. Sunday drivers are always the worst of the week.
Mazer  Male  South East London 16-Jul-2019 07:02 Message #4745242
My brother went on the course and was impressed with how interesting it was. He learned a lot too.

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