Take the 3 points or speeding course?

Good grief, man - take the course!

FThat’s harsh mate. Reckon hs missus owes you a Chinese burn for that…

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The fsct that DrMagic hasn’t replied does suggest that his “working from home” interweb use age is as suspected, more directed towards ‘adult videos’ than ordinary skiving.

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Yeah obviously take the course although if it’s just an SP30 offence (think that’s the right code) it won’t affect your insurance premium. Well, it didn’t a few years back anyway

It affected my insurance premium

Affects the insurance premium anyway.
I’d rather take the points than sit in a room for two hours listening to some idiot teaching speed=death.
Fuck that.

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Affects the insurance premium anyway.
I’d rather take the points than sit in a room for two hours listening to some idiot teaching speed=death.
Fuck that.

Suppose it may have changed since I got my ticket. But it definitely didn’t affect mine about 6 years ago

I’d be tempted to take the points but would probably opt for the course, despite my dislike for being in a classroom being talked down to (or at?).

Can’t recall an insurance company in the last 5 years that didn’t ask me about speed awareness. From there on, what their algorithms spit out is up to each one. The question is the cost of the course and the annoyance of having to take a day off etc… That cost may be more than what you’ll pay in premiums if you take the pts for the next 5 years.

Logic dictates that if you were offered option, you weren’t breaking the law as much, so your premium should be less but that’s down to each individual insurer to determine

I wasn’t given option as my speed was way above the threshold. It didn’t have a huge impact on my premium. However, I should have seen decreasing prices year on year as I was still with 1yr NCB when I got caught and was expecting to see the price come down. It never did… then got a few no fault claims on there and suddenly I was lucky to keep the same price…

So, I don’t think it matters at the moment… but do something naughty in the future and 6pts may start to hurt more? So take speed awareness? I don’t know… I’ve confused myself! :smiley:

Take the points!! As Blu’ says I met my wife on one…cost me a fortune that has!!

I am the same as Serrisan…for the last few years I have been asked if I have been on a course in the last 3 years…so they probably apply the same penalty as if you had the points


yah my shed walls are covered!

I’d take the points. Speed awareness courses don’t add up and get you banned. At higher speeds, you won’t be given the option of a course, just points or court.

I did mine on a Saturday so didn’t have to take any time off work. It was more expensive than the fine but was actually very well put together and I learned something. Some of them even have interactive quizzes. Everyone I know who has done one was positive about it.

hey. Just been on a speed awareness course. Doesnt affect my insurance as points would do. And i learnt something. Its geared towards advanced courses… quite broad topics and educational.

I’ve not been on one, but as Joby has said people I know that have been on them actually thought it was quiet good.

Mine was after work. It was a Friday so the guy running it finished it early :+1:

Some of the material was interesting but the guy talking was a condescending idiot which I took great delight in pointing out ar every opportunity so not a great experience for me

is there even a record for who’s been on a speed awareness course for insurance companies to see? - I did a speed awareness course but I have no fucking idea when it was… not even what year it was in. that’s how much attention I paid. - mine was delivered by a German, who kept getting slated by the class because of germanys autobahns.

Same for me Eezie. He was trying to explain that when merging traffic, we should take up all of the merging lane til the end. How he explained it was he would drive all the way to the end then cut in. Alienated him to the whole class, no-one likes someone who does that.

But apparently there is evidence that this has the biggest benefit for traffic… I’ll see if I can find the study that references it.

A bit like the rule on the tube about standing on one side. It’s apparently better overall to queue on both

I think some people could benefit from the course. Saw a Richy Vida video the other day where he went on one and it turns out he wasn’t aware of the national speed limits of the van he drives daily. Criminal to be honest. If you are already up to date on your highway code, and you were doing 47 at that point because the conditions warranted it, take the points as there isn’t the money to be saved doing the course that there was. If you were unaware that you were speeding at the time, I’d probably go on the course. Sounds like your driving record is pretty clean.

It’s not taking up the merging lane and “cutting in at the end”? It’s a merge in turn, and you should stay two lanes to the end because you should be looking to keep the flow of traffic moving. It’s not a charitable act to “let someone in” from the merging lane. If it’s their turn, you let them in and you’ll get to your destination faster. The people who don’t like it shouldn’t have passed their driving theory test.

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