Pass Plus Courses
You´re a fully qualified driver, a good driver, you must be because you´ve just passed the test. Now is the time to head for the motorway, you know all about motorways because you read it in that Highway Code book way back when!
Depending one where you live it´s unlikely that you have driven at 70mph. But hey, doesn´t matter, not much different than driving at 40mph or even 50mph. You can handle it. So here goes, down the slip road to build up your speed to match the motorway 70mph traffic. Easy, piece of cake.
Then, Oh s*** the motorway is full of big artics and there´s nowhere to go and you don´t know what to do?
RURAL ROADS -TWISTING SHARP BENDS.
This area is surrounded by moorlands, with long open roads where you can gas it. What you don´t know is that at the top of the hill there is a U bend like the one on your toilet with a sheer drop on one side. It has crash barriers but depending on your speed and skill they won´t always throw you back into the road. Then what? It´s a long way down.
The weather at street level is a bit damp, still a nice ride over the tops. You begin the long climb, then suddenly you´re in thick mist or cloud with visibility almost nil. This is where the instructor guides you on and up and if you´re lucky you climb higher than the horrible weather and you can stop and take a photo over the valley with a certain chimney poking it´s head out into the sunshine.
What has sheep got to do with Pass plus? Because you´re a good driver you can handle anything, you know how to take corners fast. But just around that corner are half a dozen baby lambs asleep in the middle of the road!!
They are just a few unimportant reasons for Pass Plus, but with insurance costs for young drivers constantly rising Pass Plus will save you money on your insurance. Don´t take my word for it, Here´s what a pupil had to say about it!
Information about the Pass Plus course
You have passed your driving test and can now drive by yourself. This is an exciting time - driving gives you freedom and independence. However, it is also very expensive - insurance premiums for new drivers can often far exceed the cost of a car.
Statistics show new drivers of any age are more likely to have an accident within the first two years of passing their test than at any other time in their driving career. It is basically down to a lack of experience. Insurance premiums reflect the increased risk.
WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT THIS?
Sign up for Pass Plus, a training scheme for new drivers. It is designed to develop your skills and knowledge to make you a safer driver.
INTERESTED? READ ON
EXTEND YOUR DRIVING EXPERIENCE SAFELY
Your initial driver training should provide you with a varied range of road and traffic conditions. However, this training often takes place within a familiar area, as there are time constraints and lesson objectives to consider. Pass Plus provides the opportunity to drive out of your local area, extending your driving experience safely.
BUILD ON YOUR EXISTING SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE
You already know how to drive so your Pass Plus sessions will be different to a driving lesson. You will develop your confidence and ability to deal with unfamiliar road and traffic conditions under the guidance of an experienced professional.
SAVE MONEY ON YOUR INSURANCE PREMIUMS
Many insurance companies offer discounts to new drivers who have completed the Pass Plus course, so it is worth shopping around for the best deals. Although the discount is only offered on the first year‘s insurance, if you stay claim free, you will begin to build your no claims bonus, leading to lower premiums year on year.
PASS PLUS MAKES SENSE FINANCIALLY AND COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE
THE PASS PLUS COURSE
Designed by the Driving Standards Agency, Pass Plus aims to develop a positive approach to driving through two key factors - your attitude and your skills.
The course is organised into 6 modules
- Introduction and town driving
- All weather driving
- Out of town driving and rural roads
- Night driving
- Dual Carriageways
You have to complete all modules and undertake at least 6 hours of training. The amount of time spent on each module will vary according to individual needs. You will not have to take another test - your instructor will continually assess your driving. To gain your certificate your driving needs to demonstrate you have ‘achieved‘ or ‘exceeded‘ the required skills and knowledge in each module.
PASS PLUS - YOU KNOW IT MAKES SENSE...
Useful links & videos
No matter how long ago you passed your test we have some videos and links to sites that could really help you improve your driving, increase confidence and make you more aware of your driving environment.
Useful sites for newly qualified drivers..
Don't text & drive!
Road Respect campign
DONT PANIC! What to do when you hear emergency service sirens
When being approached by an emergency vehicle with it's sirens blaring can cause panic. Knowing what to do can save lives and the 'Blue lights aware' site offers some great advice.
REDUCE YOUR RISK OF BEING IN A COLLISION