What is a Pass Plus Course?
Pass plus is an optional course introduced by the DSA and is considered the best way to give additional driving experience to a qualified learner by an ADI (Approved Driving Instructor) that has been Pass Plus registered.
Does it Concern Me?
Newly qualified drivers are much more vulnerable than they realise. Statistics show that new drivers are more likely to have an accident within their first two years of driving than at any other time in their driving career.
- two young people die every day in crashes in Great Britain
- In their first year of driving, one driver in five is involved in a crash
It’s not just about age – newly qualified drivers are a higher than average risk whatever their age.
Most drivers become safer by driving more miles and by experiencing a wider variety of driving situations. However, it is not enough just to let new drivers learn by experience.
too often they learn the hard way: Driving is a life skill, while many life skills are learned by trial and error, the consequences of error on the road may be catastrophic.
The Solution and Course Aim
Pass Plus offers new drivers professional instruction, helping them to
- gain quality driving experience safely
- become a more skilful driver
- develop a positive driving style which is both enjoyable and safe
- reduce their of being involved in an accident
The main aim of this course is to impart valuable knowledge to drivers who have recently passed the practical driving test, and who want to learn new skills and techniques, improve their anticipation and alertness and learn how to reduce accidents.
Pass Plus comprises six modules, each covering a different aspect of driving. These modules are:
- Town driving
- All-weather driving
- Driving out of town
- Night driving
- Driving on dual carriageways
- Driving on motorways
Some of the aspects may be covered in theory only, such as weather and night driving which require conditions that may be hard to replicate especially in the summer, or motorway driving if there is no motorway nearby. However, this is only done when a practical training session is not possible.
The scheme takes a minimum of six hours to complete. The practical assessment is more lenient than that used in the standard driving test, and adherence to many rules that would otherwise constitute a major mistake in the main practical exam (such as parking at an angle) does not apply. It is only required that one is able to drive safely and legally.
There is no examination at the end of the Pass Plus course; rather, a certificate is awarded from the DSA once the instructor is satisfied with the candidate’s competence.
Each module must be completed to an achieved or exceeded standard, in order to pass:
Achieved: successfully reached the standard required for each of the competencies.
Exceeded: exceeded the required standard for each of the competencies.
If a module is completed in theory, “Achieved” is the highest standard possible, as the candidate does not have an opportunity to practically demonstrate their competence.
Will it Make my Insurance Cheaper?
A number of insurance companies offer cheaper car insurance to drivers who have completed the Pass Plus scheme. These include:
- AA Insurance
- Adrian Flux Insurance Services
- BSM Insurance
- Churchill Insurance
- Co-Operative Insurance Society
- Direct Line
- Endsleigh Insurance
- NFU Mutual
- Norwich Union
- Insure The Box Limited
- Provident Insurance Plc
- Quinn Group
- Royal SunAlliance
- Tesco Personal Finance
- Swinton Colannade
- Zurich Financial Services