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    lessonlearned is offline Member
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    I did this course to reduce my ban. I was so worried and embarrassed before it started but when I got there felt better as I realised everyone is in the same boat! Instructor was a nice chap and made us feel at ease. It was really interesting to hear other’s stories, how they had ended up in the class like me, experiences they had had with the courts and police etc.

    It was a real eye opener, I didn't realise how uneducated I was with regards to alcohol and units. I would often drive the next day after a night out and have no idea I could still be over the limit!!

    They also cover the effects of alcohol on your body and organs which is good to know too, at the age of 30 I knew this was my time to settle down and knock all the partying on the head – everything in moderation!

    The course is supposed to help in lowering insurance premiums, I have to say I have not found this tbh. The companies who advertised discounts for course completion were at least £300 more that the lowest I found. They were Octagon or Tesco (if you are a Tesco club card member you get an online 15% discount) and neither even asked about the course.

    Overall I would recommend the rehabilitation course, I personally was willing to do anything to get back on the road sooner and actually learned something along the way too!


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    Hi everyone,

    quick question, do you know if its possible to do the course at weekends up here in Scotland? Its apparent that you can in England but not so sure about Scotland.

    Many Thanks,

    Drt

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    I am 1/3 through my drink driving course today and I was absolutely terrified what was going to happen... I should not have been so worried.

    The course is designed to make you feel comfortable and their is no contempt or judgement being made towards you at all, just education and participating with group discussion's and some very basic skills being used to work out units and some easy homework to do.

    I have to say that talking in front of a group of people you have never met before is daunting for anyone, but everyone is in the same boat as you, so don't worry if you turn red... and come across shy... everyone is at first.

    I have to admit though I am also worried about sharing my experience with the group as it's kind of a mini presentation on how you got to be on the course. I am going to keep it as short and sweet as possible but who knows I might get a bit more confidence and embellish a little. for entertainment purposes.

    Their is one downfall with any large group of stranger's, their is one guy in their that loves the sound of his voice, he is the first to answer before anyone and gives all the answers before anyone can speak... very irritating as much of the other people don't get to say anything and come across shy.

    Overall, the course administrator's are excellent especially the lady, very friendly and so relaxed made us feel so welcomed... so very lucky for that, the people I am with are mix of professional's / working class and ex army folk, I think it is definately worth doing for the educational purposes and the reduction of your ban, my ban is 3 year's, If I complete the course this would be reduced to 2 year's 3 months "25% off, 9 months".

    I have my 2/3 on the 12th Dec and the final day on the 16th, so far so good.

    Hope this helps....

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    I am glad you found the course informative and not as worrying as you initially thought. I finished my course back in July/August and wrote about it on another thread (somewhere?!) to explain how it all went.
    I agree that it was very informative and I really learnt something about how units of alcohol are processed and how long they stay in your system – longer than I previously thought.

    The people were of a mottled mixture – professionals, old, young, two women (and thirteen of us men) and all those in between. Of course we had one gentleman who was on his second ban in ten years who had a big mouth and would not let anyone else speak. His favourite topic of discussion was himself and he made himself sound like such a twit. Clearly he hadn’t learnt from his mistake and he failed to turn up again after the first day. I think the tutor said he had failed to do one of the classes earlier on in his ban.

    One of the funny things was that we had a handful of know-alls including a medical professional who was a wealth of knowledge when it came to the facts and figures and attempted to correct the tutor if he thought he was wrong. The tutor joking suggested to him that with his knowledge he should have been more discerning before attempting to drive after ten pints!

    Any more comments from me here will only be a repeat of my earlier comment posted on the earlier thread. I will repeat that overall, the course was well done and recommended.

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    Just to keep you informed, I completed the 2nd day on 12th of December and have my final day tomorrow 16th December...

    Not looking forward to this one as everyone as to share their experience on the events leading up to getting arrested, via a storyboard.

    I don't mind participating in group discussions with everyone and being involved with all other activities, however talking about the day which ruin my life brings back horrible memories and to share them with strangers makes me feel very small indeed, however I have to push through and hopefully can get through it.

    Once this is done then the rest is child's play...

    Good luck to anyone trying to reduce their ban doing this course as it is very good and will make you think twice having any kind of drink when driving.

    If I drink drive over the limit again, I will happily have a life time ban and a queue of 100 female kick boxers ready to swiftly kick me in to gonads, while I am tied up, with a ball gag in my mouth, wearing my sexy aunts slutty dress.... errmmm, oppps sorry a bit to much information....

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    It seems that your course tutor is running his/her course slightly different to the one I went to. Rather than on the third meeting explain in story form what happened to us when we were first arrested, we were asked right from the start to take turns introducing ourselves and giving the class a run down on what happened to us. We all had the option to say 'pass' when it came to telling our stories. Out of the 15 people in my class, three opted to pass on sharing their experience whilst the rest were only too happy to enlighten us. There was no pressure and it got the most difficult part over with straight away. In actual fact, having that at the beginning made it so much easier to communicate with everyone, realising we were all in the same boat and were able to freely share our thoughts.

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    We also got to tell our stories at the start. There was no pass option, but a few people had "forgotten" their readings and the tutor moved on.

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    Hello,

    I shared my experience in another thread in this forum: http://www.forum.drinkdriving.org/dr...sion/82713.htm

    All the best,
    Z

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    i have just got an 18 month ban and the option to do the course, if i do the course what will it take my ban to? thanks
    I've got an 18 month ban currently when I complete the course it'll get it down to 13.5 months (been banned for just over a month now)

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