Congratulations! You’ve passed your driving test.
You may wish to consider investing a little bit of extra time in the recognised “Pass Plus scheme”.
What is Pass Plus?
“Pass Plus” is a course specially designed by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) with the help of insurers and the driving instruction industry. It allows NEWLY QUALIFIED DRIVERS to receive discounted car insurance.
Do I have to take Pass Plus?
No, it is not mandatory. However, if you choose to complete this course AFTER you’ve passed your driving test, it will allow you to receive discounted insurance on your car. For a newly qualified driver, the cost of insurance can be sky high, as statistics show that new drivers are more likely to have an accident in the first two years of passing their test than at any other time in their driving career.
How do I go about taking Pass Plus?
You can take “Pass Plus” at any time within the first 12 months of passing your driving test with a suitably graded driving instructor. Age doesn’t matter.
“Pass Plus” consists of 6 practical modules. To cover all 6 modules it will take a minimum of 6 hours. There is no test at the end. When you have e reached the required level in all 6 modules, your “Pass Plus” instructor will send your completed Training Report form to the DSA who will then issue you with a “Pass Plus” certificate. You will then be eligible to apply for discounted car insurance with companies taking part in the scheme. The amount you save will depend on the company you choose. Your instructor has all the information about the insurance companies involved.
The 6 modules cover the following:
- Module 1 Town Driving This is a practical session concentrating on observation, judgement and awareness, eye contact, being cautious but not necessarily hesitant, keeping space around the car, multi-lane junctions and unusual roundabouts, over and underpasses, bus and cycle lanes.
- Module 2 All Weather Driving This may be a theory session. The aim will be to discuss safe driving in extreme weather and road conditions. Topics will include: seeing and being seen, using appropriate lights, safe speed and distances, anticipation, causes and how to correct skids.
- Module 3 Rural and Out of Town Driving This will be a practical session featuring driving on all types of rural roads endeavouring to include: bends, hills and uneven road surfaces, safe overtaking. Observation and making progress safely with emphasis on: Farm entrances animals and slow moving vehicles, mud on road, sharp bends, use of horn/lights.
- Module 4 Night Driving This will take place after lighting up time. It will cover: the correct use of lights, seeing and being seen, familiarisation of reflective signs, markings etc. Judging speed and distance of self and others, adjusting to dusk and dawn (theory) being prepared for pedestrians and cyclists.
- Module 5 Dual Carriageway Topics include: effective observation and use of mirrors/blind spots joining and leaving carriageways, judgement and planning safe distances, overtaking and safe speeds in different circumstances, signs, signals and road markings.
- Module 6 Motorway Driving Topics include: planning journeys in advance, joining and leaving using slip roads, effective observation all around your vehicle, lane discipline. Motorway fatigue, breakdown procedures, use of lights, crosswinds.It will take a minimum of 6 hours to complete all 6 modules.
Price per hour £35