Pass Plus is a 6 hour post driving test course designed to help pupils gain confidence in their driving, and in conditions that maybe they were not able to encounter during their lessons.
It also includes a very comprehensive Motorway lesson which covers most types of Motorway conditions that may be encountered in the UK.
Every pupil will receive a progress record and a training report form.
All Pass Plus training must be taken after passing your test within one year, and is mainly aimed at new drivers after passing their test. Your Pass Plus may be kept on hold for two years.
Why should I bother passing this?
As the pupil has completed six hours of training the progress record and training report will be sent to the DSA. The DSA will send the Pass Plus certificate to the student along with details of motor insurance companies who recognize a Pass Plus course for discounted car insurance.
What does Pass Plus entail?
Below are the modules you will be going through:
Driving Lesson on Town Driving
The first module starts with an introduction to PASS PLUS, explaining the course aims and the skills and knowledge to be covered.
The second part of the module is a practical session, covering the different features of Learning to drive in town, such as complex junctions and public transport.
You will concentrate on:
- Observation, judgment and awareness
- Eye contact
- Consideration for vulnerable road users
- Being cautious but not over cautious
- Keeping space around your car.
As much of this module as possible should be covered in a practical session. You’ll focus on correct speed, safe stopping distances, plus seeing and being seen in:
- Sleet, snow and ice
- Mist and fog
- Bright sunshine.
Your Driving Instructor will also look at skidding:
- What causes them
- How to prevent them
- Correcting slow-speed skids
- Braking on poor surfaces
Out of Town/ Country Roads
This module taken on country roads, will look at the main differences between town driving and country driving.
You will focus on:
- Observing the road ahead
- Making progress safely
- Bends, hills, uneven roads and dead ground
- Keeping a safe distance from the vehicle ahead
- Safe overtaking.
It focuses especially on being aware and showing consideration for:
- Pedestrians, horse riders and animals in the road
- Farm entrances
- Slow moving vehicles.
Appropriate use of the horn, coping with mud and debris on the road and how to use passing places are also covered.
This module covers the essential aspects of driving in the dark and also at dawn and dusk.
You’ll learn about:
- The importance of the correct use of headlights
- Adjusting to the dark
- Judging speed and distance
- The correct use of lights and keeping them clean
- Dealing with dazzle
- Road users who can be hard to see
- Parking issues
Dual Carriageway Driving
Dual carriageways are high speed, multi-lane roads where the two carriageways are separated by a central reservation.
They demand particular skills, including:
- Effective observation, using your mirrors and checking blind spots
- Judgment and planning ahead
- The need for a safe separation distance
- Joining and leaving a dual carriageway
- Overtaking and lane discipline
- The correct use of speed
This module should be a practical session if at all possible. We will drive on the M25 and below are the skills we will practice:
- Showing you the correct overtaking and lane discipline.
- Rejoining and leaving motorways at different speeds
- Taking in the information for signs, signals and markings and acting on it
- Using your mirrors effectively