Driver Offender Retraining Courses (Including Speed Awareness)

Warwickshire County Council provides the driver retraining courses Speed Awareness, Driver Alertness, What’s Driving Us and Driving for Change in partnership with Warwickshire Police and as part of the National Driver Offender Retraining scheme. The courses are for motorists who have been given the option of attending as an alternative to prosecution.

Some motorists who have been detected committing an offence such as speeding or using a hand held mobile phone whilst driving will be offered the opportunity to attend a retraining course instead of being prosecuted. Warwickshire County Council provides the following driver retraining courses in partnership in Warwickshire Police and as part of the National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme:

Speed Awareness


Speed Awareness helps clients explore why they have exceeded the speed limit and develop a personal speed awareness strategy. The course is for motorists who have been detected exceeding the speed limit within an agreed threshold. It is delivered in an interactive workshop format lasting 4 hours.

At the end of the course clients should be able to:

  • Examine why limits are needed and recognise limits
  • Understand that a speed below the posted limit is frequently appropriate
  • Identify what causes them to speed
  • Identify the disadvantages of speeding and consequences of misusing speed
  • Recognise different speed limit areas
  • Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate use of speed
  • Develop their personal Speed Awareness Strategy

Available at the following locations;

  • Nettle Hill Conference Centre
  • Warwick Racecourse

To transfer to another supplier, either follow the instructions provided on the course booking form, or in section 4 of the Frequently Asked Questions.

What’s Driving Us


What’s Driving Us aims to produce safer and more responsible attitudes towards driving and to increase motivation to drive with consideration for other road users. It does this by giving clients an opportunity to think about what they like and dislike about driving, how other people’s driving affects them and how their driving might affect other people. Through presentations and discussions clients gain insight into the decisions that people make on the road.
The course is offered to some motorists who are detected committing certain road traffic offences such as using a mobile phone whilst driving, overtaking on solid white lines, aggressive tailgating or jumping a red traffic light. It is delivered in an interactive workshop format lasting 3 ¼ hours.

Course objectives:

  • Increase clients’ perceptions of driving as a complex and difficult task
  • Increase clients’ recognition that the way they drive and the risks they take have negative consequences for other road users and increase the likelihood of crashing
  • Increase clients’ awareness of the physical, emotional and financial consequences of being involved in a crash
  • Increase clients’ understanding of the need for traffic rules
  • Increase clients’ insight into the things that influence their driving
  • Encourage clients to identify and overcome their own barriers to safe and considerate driving

Available at the following locations;

  • Nettle Hill Conference Centre
  • Warwick Racecourse

Driving for Change


Driving for Change aims to create safer communities by reducing the likelihood that drivers will be involved in future accidents on the road. The course is for drivers who have committed minor driving offences or infringements that are considered to have arisen as a result of the driver’s skills base. The course is a 2 ¼ hour on road practical driving session with an advanced driving instructor at a maximum ratio of 2 students to 1 instructor.

At the end of the course clients will have:

  • Increased their understanding of what constitutes safer driving
  • Increased their understanding of their own skills deficits
  • Improved their driving skills
  • Increased the motivation to further improve their driving skills

Driver Alertness


Driver Alertness is offered to motorists who have been involved in a collision where evidence indicates they have been driving without due care and attention, or driving without reasonable consideration for other road users. The course aims to create safer communities and reduce the chances of drivers being involved in future incidents. The course lasts a full day and involves a combination of an in-class interactive workshop and on-road practical driving session with an advanced driving instructor.

The course will give clients the opportunity to consider:

  • Are situations avoidable?
  • Accepting ownership of the problem
  • Skills for safe driving
  • What affects our driving performance?

Available at the following locations;

  • Hatters Space Community Centre
  • Warwickshire County Council, Montague Road

Drivers who qualify to attend the courses will be sent details by the Police. You cannot apply for a course if you have not been offered the option to attend a workshop.

Course venues

Please note, not all courses operate from all venues.  See below for list of venues and courses available at each.

Nettle Hill Conference Centre


Nettle Hill
Brinklow Road
Ansty
CV7 9JL

Courses available at this location;

      • Speed Awareness
      • What’s Driving Us



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Hatters Space Community Centre


Upper Abbey Street
Nuneaton
CV11 5DN

Courses available at this location;

      • Driver Alertness



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Warwickshire County Council, Montague Road


11 Montague Road
Warwick
CV34 5LW

Courses available at this location;

      • Driver Alertness



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Warwick Racecourse


Hampton Street
Warwick
CV34 6HN

Courses available at this location;

      • Speed Awareness
      • What’s Driving Us

Warwick Racecourse



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Booking your course

You cannot apply to attend a driver retraining course if you have not been offered a place.

If you are eligible you will receive a letter together with a course booking form. Complete the form taking care to follow all instructions and return to the address shown on the form.

Payment can be made by any of the following methods:

      • Cheque
      • Postal order
      • Most credit/debit cards

Terms and Conditions

Terms and conditions apply to all National Driver Offender Retraining Courses provided by Warwickshire County Council. By booking a place on a Warwickshire County Council National Driver Offender Retraining Course you are agreeing to be bound by these terms and conditions.

Please note, that in order to complete a course you are required to:

      • Attend for the entire duration of the course
      • Complete course paperwork (where required)
      • Make a positive contribution to the course through active participation
      • Demonstrate a responsible attitude to safe driving.

Before the course starts you will be required to present your driving licence and, if you only have an old-style paper licence, a form of photographic identification such as a passport. Please ensure you can meet this requirement before you book a course.

Driver Offender Retraining Courses (Including Speed Awareness) was last updated on September 15, 2014.