NEW drivers have been spending upto £200 to take a Pass Plus driving course without realising that it could have no effect on their car insurance costs.
Motorists generally think that taking the driving course can reduce their car insurance premium.
New research from a British price comparison website, MoneySuperMarket has revealed that the average person sees no difference to the cost.
The financial website analysed 50,000 car insurance quotes between May and July 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”.
Pass Plus is a scheme run in the UK aimed at new drivers who have recently passed the standard driving test.
It’s usually available through instructors and can cost between £150 and £200.
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 telematics policy, which monitors your driving habits and adjusts your car insurance premiums based on how you drive.”
The comparison website added that drivers should compare prices before buying car insurance.
The Sun has contacted the Department for Transport (DfT) in response to these findings but they have refused to comment.
The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has also been contacted for comment.
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