Pass Plus - Driving lessons

What Is Pass Plus?

This is a road safety initiative aimed at improving the skills of novice drivers. It is advised that upon passing the learner test. The pass plus is followed on. Your driving instructor may be registered pass plus instructor qualified to teach you. New drivers are more likely to have a crash in their first two years of driving than at any other time in their driving career. Age doesn't matter - it's basically down to a lack of driving experience. The registered instructor will follow through a structured programme of lessons generally no less than 6 hours on the subjects below. It will be the instructor that decides whether or not you pass. Pupils reaching the required standard should be entitled to a substantial discount on their motor insurance premium from companies supporting the scheme.

Your Structured Advanced Driving Lessons Will Cover:

Town Driving

The first module begins 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 driving in town, such as complex junctions and public transport. You'll concentrates on:

  • observation, judgement and awareness
  • eye contact
  • consideration for vulnerable road users
  • being cautious but not over cautious, and
  • keeping space around your car
Rural roads

This module taken on roads the main differences between town driving and rural driving.

  • observing the road ahead
  • making progress safely
  • bends, hills, uneven roads and dead ground
  • keeping a safe distance from the vehicle ahead, and
  • 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.

Dual carriageways & motorways

Dual carriageways

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
  • judgement and planning ahead
  • the need for a safe separation distance
  • joining and leaving a dual carriageway
  • overtaking and lane discipline, and
  • the correct use of speed

Motorway Driving

This module should be a practical session if at all possible. If there is no motorway nearby, it will have to be covered in theory: you should drive on a motorway as soon as you can afterwards so you can put the theory into practice. The topics covered include

  • planning journeys in advance
  • joining and leaving a motorway, using slip roads
  • safe speeds in different circumstances
  • effective observation all around your vehicle
  • 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.
Night driving

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, and
  • parking issues
All weather

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

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

You will also look at skidding

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

All of the companies listed below offer a special discount of up to 30% for Pass Plus certified drivers. Ask each of the insurance companies listed below for a quote FIRST then ask for a quote with Pass plus.

  • Adrian Flux Insurance services : 0800 5053000
  • Churchill Insurance : 0800 200300
  • Co-op Insurance Society : 0161 8328686
  • Direct Line : 0845 2468888
  • Zurich (Eagle Star) : 0800 333800
  • Norwich Union/ Aviva : 0800888111
  • Privilege : 0870 2435555
  • Provident Insurance plc : 0142 2331166
  • Royal Sun Alliance : 0207 5882345
  • Tesco Motor Insurers : 0845 3004400
  • Swinton : 0800 4096551
  • Quinn Direct Insurance Services : 0800 5878000
  • Endsleigh : 0800 0283571