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    Anyone here done the Advanced Driving Course/Test? How much does it cost and how would I go about doing it? Does it lower your insurance premiums by much?

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    Do you mean Pass Plus, or a different kind of advanced driving?

    For new drivers, pass plus does lower premiums slightly, from astronomical to slightly ridiculous, but I've never been given any reduction for the advanced course I did with the ambulance service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by parapaul View Post
    Do you mean Pass Plus, or a different kind of advanced driving?

    For new drivers, pass plus does lower premiums slightly, from astronomical to slightly ridiculous, but I've never been given any reduction for the advanced course I did with the ambulance service.
    Hmmm. Probably not worth it then. I'm 21 and paying about £750 on the 2.2 litre Vec so doing the course isn't going to pay for itself is it?

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    I've just been doing a bit of looking on the internet, it seems some companies WILL give a discount, but it varies from one company to another, if they give one at all.

    I don't know how much an IAM or ROSPA advanced driving course and test would be, but one site suggested up to 25% discount....I would bet my best pants that the course and test would cost way more than the savings you might make.

    On the other hand, it would reduce your chances of being involved in a bump and having to claim.......

    Tricky one.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by parapaul View Post
    On the other hand, it would reduce your chances of being involved in a bump and having to claim.......
    Unlikely - I'm a bloke, so by default I'm the best driver in the world

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    well done, that man

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    This is an interesting subject, as many people who have this qualification (including my big headed cousin!!!) think it makes them a faster and quicker driver.

    Total rubbish, all it does is make you a more aware driver of what is going on in your surroundings. This of course is no bad thing, as long as you accept that this is what you will get out of it. It does not teach you about car control at speed etc. Which is what my cousin kept going on about!!

    But I am also looking into doing it.

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    If I remember correctly the IAM test costs about £75. The insurance savings will be in the region of £50. So after a couple of years it will have paid for itself.

    It really depends on the amount of spare time you have to go out and practice the techniques you will be shown. If you have the time it will probably be worth going for it.

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    Hi
    I completed the IAM driving test about 6 years ago and would recommend it to anyone.
    The insurance discounts are pi$$ poor so dont get hung up on that - the value is learning how to drive properley and how to observe what is going on around you.

    Your test is around 1.5 hours long sat next to a Class 1 police driver - I was given the option of providing a full commentary - what you are seeing, why you are doing what you are doing, potential hazards etc etc - it's very hard to do but it enhances your driving so much . After i passed my test I felt that I had been driving around looking at the end of my bonnet for the first few years of my driving career.

    One of the questions asked was:- The Vehicle 50 metres in front of you is stationary in the middle of the road opposite a junction with the indicators activated indicating a right turn. What fact(s) can you take from the information provided above?

    anyone care to provide some answers?

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    did someone call a class 1 police advanced driver..............

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