Advanced driving courses such as Pass Plus don’t save motorists money on their insurance, despite the commonly held belief that they do.
Historically, passing additional driver training has been seen as a way of bringing down the often huge insurance premiums faced by drivers who have just passed their test.
However, analysis of thousands of insurance quotes has shown that taking the extra courses, which can cost up to £200, has no impact on premium prices for most people.
The analysis by comparison site MoneySupermarket, looked at 50,000 policy inquiries between May and June 2019 and found that, on average, providers did not change their pricing when customers changed their licence type from ‘Full UK Car Licence’ to ‘Full UK Car Licence with Pass Plus’.
The Pass Plus course is a series of extra lessons designed to give drivers additional experience in situations they might not have faced before sitting their driving test. It features a series of modules and covers driving in town; in all weathers; on rural roads; at night; on dual carriageways and on motorways.
Rachel Wait, consumer affairs spokesperson at MoneySuperMarket,said: “Although people assume that doing additional driving courses such as Pass Plus can reduce your premiums, our research shows that it actually makes no difference for the average person.
“However, that isn’t to say that it definitely won’t have an impact for some. Pass Plus driving courses can help young or inexperienced drivers get lower premiums. Another option for younger drivers is to consider getting a telem atics policy, which monitors your driving habits and adjusts your car insurance premiums based on how you drive.”