Pass Plus

I am registered with the DVSA to provide the Pass Plus course, which can be taken at any time (although it’s ideally taken in the first year after passing your driving test). The current price for the course can be found with all my other sessions for fully qualified driver.

Pass Plus is an established training course aimed at newly qualified drivers and was designed by the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) with the help of insurers and the driving instruction industry.

Pass PlusStatistics show that new drivers are more likely to have an accident in the first two years after passing their test, due to lack of driving experience. Pass Plus is not a driving test but a course of 6 hours (minimum) that will build on your current skills and knowledge. It is designed to support the development of your existing driving skills in anticipating, planning for and dealing with different kinds of hazards and help you become a more confident driver.

A Pass Plus course can be taken at any time but it’s ideally taken in the first year after passing your driving test.

Pass Plus consists of six modules about driving in different conditions:

Driving around a town

The first module has two parts. It begins with an introduction to Pass Plus, explaining the course aims and the skills and knowledge to be covered.

The second part is a practical session covering the different features of driving in a town, such as complex junctions and public transport (e.g. cycle lanes, bus lanes and tram lines).

You’ll focus on:

  • observation, judgement and awareness
  • eye contact
  • consideration for vulnerable road users
  • showing caution
  • keeping space around your car

All weather driving

Although this module will be covered as much as possible in a practical session, due to the nature of weather, it is largely one of discussion. You’ll focus on correct speed, safe stopping distances, plus seeing and being seen in:

  • rain
  • sleet, snow and ice
  • mist and fog
  • bright sunshine

You’ll also look at skidding, and:

  • what causes skids
  • how to prevent skids
  • correcting slow-speed skids
  • braking on poor surfaces
  • aquaplaning

Driving in the countryside

This module looks at the main differences between town and country driving:

  • 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

It also covers the correct use of a horn, coping with mud and debris on the road and how to use passing places.

Driving at night

This covers the important parts of driving at night, dawn and dusk. You’ll learn about:

  • the importance of using headlights correctly
  • adjusting to the dark
  • judging speed and distance
  • the correct use of lights and keeping them clean
  • dealing with dazzle
  • hard-to-see road users
  • parking issues

Driving on dual carriageways

Dual carriageways (roads separated by a central reservation) are often high speed roads. You will need to have particular skills, including:

  • effective observation, using your mirrors and checking blind spots
  • judgement and planning ahead
  • separation distances
  • joining and leaving a dual carriageway
  • overtaking and lane discipline
  • the correct use of speed

Driving on motorways

As there is a motorway close to Nottingham, this will be a practical session (using the MI, between junctions 21 and 29). Ideally, you should drive on a motorway as soon as you can after the course so you can develop your confidence and skills with further practise.

The topics covered include:

  • journey planning
  • joining and leaving a motorway, and using slip roads
  • safe speeds in different circumstances
  • effective observation
  • signs, signals and markings
  • overtaking and lane discipline
  • courtesy to other road users
  • motorway fatigue
  • breakdown procedures, use of lights, including hazard warning lights
  • debris on the carriageway
  • crosswinds

If you are seeking a Pass Plus course primarily to reduce the cost of insurance, please check with your insurance company first (or indicate, in a comparison website that you have taken the Pass Plus course, to see how it affects the price).

Prices for sessions with qualified drivers (including Pass Plus) are listed on my website. Please note that for safety and insurance reasons, the Pass Plus course will be in my driving school car and subject to agreeing to terms for qualified drivers.

To book your Pass Plus course with me or discuss your requirements in more detail, please complete the contact form, call me on 0798 011 1234 or message me by text or WhatsApp, so I can explore your requirements in more detail.