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#1 Rh1no

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 07:30 PM

Just wondered if anyone here has done any advanced driving/IAM type courses or qualifications, and what your views are on them?

I was looking into the IAM and noticed they do a Momentum course aimed at under 26's.

Apart from Pass Plus, I've done nothing since passing my test 3 years ago, would be quite interested in doing something else!

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 09:25 PM

spending all this money on driving courses, at the end of the day does it lower our insurance ?
i found alot of companys offer pass plus drivers..but at times they cost more then a company without it.

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 09:51 PM

I'm Advanced Driver and Pursuit Trained but that's for the job, helps my insurance though.

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 11:41 PM

spending all this money on driving courses, at the end of the day does it lower our insurance ?
i found alot of companys offer pass plus drivers..but at times they cost more then a company without it.


Was thinking for for the skills and experience really mate.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 02:15 PM

Pass plus here, but nothing else!

I would love to do some advanced driving courses, but the cost is more than a years insurance for some courses... if it would pay for itself several times over in insurance savings, I would give it a go, otherwise...

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 02:20 PM

To be honest i once did pass plus but lost certificate so that never helped. For being in the job i do i can do my advanced driver and the skid car etc etc if i really wanted to. But like anything deep down does it help alot with insurance?

Is there a way i can find online if I've done pass plus? well i know i have but it is there a database or something at all?

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 02:23 PM

You could give DVLA a shout.

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 01:38 PM

Pass Plus is only counted for the first two or three years, after that its better hung on your wall, because its going to affect your insurance premiums as much hung on a wall as in the insurers database!

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 06:33 PM

Is pass plus worth a go, not just for the insurance but as a general thing to do?
I've been driving my dads cars for years but this is the first time I've ever owned a car myself. I'm just wondering if it's worth a go..

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 08:07 PM

Is pass plus worth a go, not just for the insurance but as a general thing to do?
I've been driving my dads cars for years but this is the first time I've ever owned a car myself. I'm just wondering if it's worth a go..


I would Jen, gave me some motorway and fast road experience, and gives you some more confidence to learn as you go :)

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 08:57 PM

I have plenty of road, motorway, country and I've even drove on the other side of the road in America :) I fear I won't actually learn anything new but least I can say I've done it haha

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 01:04 PM

to be honest, pass plus is only beneficial to you, once you have passed your test. It is designed to give the inexperienced motorist, the opportunity to get a vote of confidence with someone more qualified.

If you pass your test today, go get it, it helps, if not on your insurance, but in your day to day confidence... my mother has been driving a long time and still has no confidence on driving on motorways, it would benefit her, but for those like you (Jenny) who already have experience, it wouldnt be worth the cost.

If your petrified of motorways, and have been driving a while, do it as well, it might not touch your insurance premium but those who fear the road, are those most dangerous on it!

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 01:48 PM

As people have said before, it's not going to do much for you experience-wise unless you're a new driver or a driver with unconquered fears.

For anybody else, you'll probably just be told off for all the bad habits you've amassed (i.e. not staying in 10 to 2 mode on the steering wheel, not engaging your handbrake and just sitting on the footbrake at lights, not passing the wheel from hand to hand whilst turning, etc), and told that your general driving abilities are fine.

It MIGHT bring your insurance down, but chance are it'll bring it down by an amount that'll see you having to way 2 to 3 years before the cost of the course is paid off. But might be worth it - only way to check is to phone up your insurance and ask them how much your premium would drop by if you had IAM certificate/Pass Plus, etc. Also get some quotes on comparison websites and see how the premiums change when you tick the box for other motoring qualifications.

If it's worth it, go for it, if it's not, just leave it.

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 11:46 PM

Iv just gone through all sorts of drama with insurance ....but thats another story however i did say to every company i rang 'I have done my pass plus' and 4/5 of them said, oh ok that won't make any difference on your quote anyway.

Im 22, 2nd car, 1 Years NCD. . . Waste of time now in my eyes.

I won't do it for the experience as iv drove to Hungary and back - emotional. So i too have experienced all the pro's and con's but i reckon now its not worth it.

For first time insurance quote maybe but i basically got over looked when mentioned.

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 11:49 PM

Was looking more at the IAM stuff, as I did the Pass Plus when I passed my test.

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