Darlington Based Driving Instructor

Pass Plus

Pass Plus

pad50I offer Pass Plus training. The Pass Plus training course can be taken after passing your driving test. You can increase your confidence and abilities and potentially lowering your insurance premiums by up to 30%. There are 6 modules to be achieved over a 6 hour period, including:- motorway driving, driving in adverse weather conditions and night time driving. There is no test at the end of this. Total cost: £175.00

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

Pass Plus statistics 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 6 hour course (minimum) that will build on your current skills and knowledge. It will teach you how to anticipate, plan for and deal with all 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:

Module 1: It begins with an introduction to Pass Plus, explaining the course aims and the skills and knowledge to be covered. This module will also cover town driving,  a practical session covering the different features of driving in a town, such as complex junctions and public transport.

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.

Module 2: All weather driving. This module will be covered as much as possible 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, 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.

Module 3: Out of town driving and rural roads. 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.

Module 4: 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.

Module 5: Dual carriageway driving. Dual carriageways are high speed roads where the two carriageways are separated by a central reservation. 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.

Module 6: Driving on motorways. This should be a practical session if possible. If there is no motorway nearby, it will be covered in a theory session.You should drive on a motorway as soon as you can afterwards so you can put the theory into practice.

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

Source: direct.gov.uk