Car insurers start penalising speed awareness courses

...bit counter productive really.

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19/11/2012 at 18:35
Stopping speeding is really easy, all you need to do is not press so hard on the accelerator
19/11/2012 at 19:20

Stopping speeding is really easy, all you need is to be over 40 & more concerned about fuel economy 

19/11/2012 at 20:13
popsider wrote (see)

I thought that insurers were doing this because they had statistics that showed people who had been on a speed awareness course were a higher risk than those who hadn't   been caught speeding.    

That's how insurance works - if you are in a high risk group you pay more - what is the problem ?   It's fairer than say charging the young more - you can't choose not to be 18 but you can choose not to break the speed limit in the first place.    Personally I'm all for charging people who drive like idiots more.

I would be interested to know whther statistics do actually show that.

Speed cameras and speed traps catch a very small percentage of drivers. Is what is happening, is that you are more likely to be caught if you drive a lot? This would be similar to the idea that women are not actually better drivers, the important factor seems to be that women drive less distance than men.

Given that insurance coys already factor in mileage in policy quotes, are they managing to double dip?

19/11/2012 at 20:26

It also depends what roads you drive on bos.  There are few cameras on motorways, which is where I do most of my driving.

but I also drive to a lot of places I've never been to before, so it is easy for me to get caught out when I am trying to navigate and read road signs.  Sometimes you can't concentrate on everything at once.

19/11/2012 at 20:43

SCaz, i think that is right. I suspect that a lot of people drive in a very similar manner, probably a big bell curve there. If you are lucky enough not to be in a position where you are on unfamiliar roads, that doesnt mean you are necessarily safer.

19/11/2012 at 20:49
But if you are driving in unfamiliar surroundings shouldn't you be taking even more care ?
19/11/2012 at 20:56

I knew you would say that Dave.  Maybe you think you are taking more care - trying not to cause a hazard by keeping up with the surrounding traffic.

19/11/2012 at 21:01
Dave The Ex- Spartan wrote (see)
But if you are driving in unfamiliar surroundings shouldn't you be taking even more care ?

true, but if one driver is never tested by being in unfamilir surroundings, then the idea that the speed awareness courses capture riskier drivers might fall down.So there may not be a real justification to load the premium.


19/11/2012 at 21:03
I drive around 25 k miles a year. Usually in unfamiliar surroundings. Not taking take is purely poor driving

And in 30 plus years of driving I have never had any points and only one insurance claim against me ( and that happened in a car park, when I wa parking )
19/11/2012 at 21:16
Dave The Ex- Spartan wrote (see)
I drive around 25 k miles a year. Usually in unfamiliar surroundings. Not taking take is purely poor driving

And in 30 plus years of driving I have never had any points and only one insurance claim against me ( and that happened in a car park, when I wa parking )

that does not tell us whether you have never speeded. It does tell us you have not bee caught.

The question is not whether it is possible for one driver to drive under the speed limits. The question seems to revolve around whether speed awareness courses are popluated by riskier drivers, and therefore insurance companies are justified in charging more.

If there is a large number of drivers who drive the same way. And there is a small number of observations of speeding, then the system may not be identifying riskier drivers. It may be taking a riandom sample of (roughly) equally risky drivers. And those who drive more may be more likely to be captured.

19/11/2012 at 21:21
It may possibly demonstrate that whilst driving I am fully aware of my surroundings and therefore notice speed cameras before the flash ?
19/11/2012 at 21:40

That misses the point. This isnt about you. Insurance companies do not take the experience of one driver and then extrapolate that to the wider population. Insurance is about pooling risk. So the behaviour of the wider population is what is relevent.

19/11/2012 at 21:58

I do 25k a year and up until this year I had never got caught doing anything wrong.  I know my driving has got worse since the mileage increased.  I spend more time driving when tired or in a hurry.

But I am also much more confident in new places than most of my friends.

20/11/2012 at 15:35

don't speed ... simples

20/11/2012 at 16:17

Speed Saves lives!

That why emergency services drive fast to get you to hospital, attend a scene etc


People doing their makeup or generally not paying attention kills....

They shouldnt penalise you for going on a speed awareness course.

20/11/2012 at 18:18

Aren't they just penalising people for being caught speeding rather than going on the speed awareness course ? Or are they just penalising those who go on the course and not the ones who take the points (which would be a bit odd) ?

Bos makes a fair point about higher mileage drivers - I don't know whether they've controlled for mileage in making their claim that people who have been on the course have a higher future claim rate than those who haven't.   You'd think there would have been some research on whether these courses do lower the rate of reoffending - if they don't then they are pointless. 

20/11/2012 at 18:26

I'm seem to recall hearing that there is real benefit in offering the courses because it DOES reduce the rate or re-offending.... otherwise, there would be little point in offering the courses, and all speeders would simply be fined/ receive points and be done with it.

In which case you'd think, from the general population of speeders, those who had attended the course were a lower insurance risk than other speeders, and potentially a lower risk than the rest of the driving population. It is, afterall, quite a good general driver-awareness course, which most drivers would probably benefit from.

I tend to think this is simply a case insurance companies finding an excuse to put up premiums, rather than any real risk-based research.


20/11/2012 at 18:30

I also meant to add... the speed awareness course is only offered as an alternative to points where it is a relatively minor speeding misdemeanor, where presumably it's likely to have some beneficial effect.

It's not an option for serious speeding offences.

20/11/2012 at 18:45

It stopped me from offending the next day.  I was driving a van for the first time the day after my course.  If I hadn't been on the course then I wouldn't have realised that the speed limits have changed for vans since I took my test last century.  I was immediatly able to apply the new knowledge I had gained.

That is the sort of situation where the courses are really useful.

20/11/2012 at 20:05
The minimum speed for a van is still fifty isn't it?
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