Are advanced driving courses really beneficial or a waste of time?

Passing your drivers licence test is the first step with regards to officially being able to be behind the wheel of a vehicle on public roads.

Going a level above that is advanced driving courses.  Much like the currently K53 Defensive Driving system, the purpose of advanced driving courses is to make drivers more alert and competent behind the wheel. Many drivers have a false sense of comfort after many years of being behind the wheel and in truth, such courses and were designed to contribute to road safety and reduce the likelihood of an accident.

In addition to OEM manufacturers like Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz, for example, there are many companies that offer affordable packages.

Is it worth getting?

Definitely! Besides the likelihood of reduced insurance premiums, you are taught how to react in certain driving situations like what to do in a hijack situation or how to safely correct a vehicle through skid awareness that can prove to be invaluable. Most courses are very basic but there are others that cater for high-performance driving which tends to be a bit more expensive.

Another great thing is that you don’t have to use your own vehicle as one is already supplied. Upon successful completion of the course, a certificate is then presented to you.

Gumtree outlines some reasons why advanced driver training plays a pivotal part in everyday driving:

  • Improved fuel consumption.
  • Brake, clutch and gears will be smooth and in sync.
  • Faster reaction time.
  • Reduced levels of stress when faced with a situation that requires quick thinking.

Some of the courses include techniques like:

  • Half Distance Acceleration
  • Overtaking
  • Cornering Position
  • Basics of steering control

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find local service information close to home.

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