What's Driving Us - Frequently Asked Questions

What is What’s Driving Us?

The course aims to produce safer and more responsible attitudes towards driving, and seeks to increase the motivation to drive with consideration for other road users. It is a short classroom based theory session of 3.25 hours, not including breaks or registration., there is no practical on-road element.

This is a special course offered to drivers, who the p police believe have driven in a manner that is not consistent with what is expected of a reasonable driver.

Why should I attend?

What’s Driving Us? gives you the opportunity to review your approach to driving and perhaps do this for the first time since your driving test. Through presentations and discussions you will gain insight into the decisions that people make on the road and what motivates you as a driver. You will not be judged the way you drive, rather we encourage you to think about your driving in more detail and to reduce the risk of a further incident.

What does a course involve?

The course is an interactive workshop, combining discussion, group work and presentations.  It is presented by professional, specially trained tutors who are qualified driving instructors.  It has been designed to be participative, informative and delivered in a friendly non-confrontational manner.  It conforms to the National Model issued by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).

How much does it cost?

The cost of the course can vary depending on your Course Provider. Details of Course providers can be seen in the ‘Find a Course Provider’ section.

Where is the course held?

Courses are held in participating police force areas and are often held during evenings and weekends.

For a full list of other Course Providers and contact details, please select the ‘Find a Course Provider’ section.

How long is the course?

Please allow 3.25 hours plus breaks and registration.

Your times, date and venue will be confirmed when you book your course. 

What is the aim of the course?

The aim of the course is to help reduce crashes, injuries and deaths on our roads and to improve the quality of life in our communities and to make safer more responsible drivers.

How do I book a place?

You must have been referred by the police and to book your course, locate your chosen Course Provider and telephone or book on line. Click on ‘Find a Course Provider’ section to select your preferred provider.

Is there a test? Can I fail?

There is no test, but you must attend and complete the whole course, make a positive contribution through participating and show that you have a responsible attitude towards safe driving.  You must also show respect for others on the course and their health and safety.

What if I have special needs?

If you have any special needs, to help you participate fully, you must ensure that you inform your preferred Course Provider of your requirements. It is your responsibility to inform your Course Provider at the time of booking your course. Every effort will be made to facilitate these needs.

What happens if I don’t complete the course?

If you do not attend, take part and complete the whole course, your file will be returned to the Police and they will decide what action to take.  This is likely to result in you being prosecuted for the original offence or being offered a fixed Penalty notice which currently means a £60 fine and three penalty points. You would also be required to declare the offence to your insurance company, which could increase your insurance premium.