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Pass Plus is a training course developed by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) with the help of insurers and the driving instruction industry.


The Training Sessions
Recording Progress
Town Driving
All Weather Driving
Out of Town and Rural Driving
Driving At Night 
Driving On Dual Carriageways
Driving on Motorways



It is designed to improve your skills and techniques as well as improve your anticipation and awareness skills.

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.

There is no test to take however on successfully completing your training you'll be sent your Pass Plus certificate to claim your discount on your car insurance policy.

Check out this DSA Pass Plus video




·         Pass Plus training will take at least six hours, though it can take longer if your instructor thinks it's necessary.  (Back to list) 

The training sessions 

·         Pass Plus is a practical course and all modules should be practical sessions. However, local conditions and time of year may mean that some modules need to be given as a theory session... Generally at least five and a half out of six hours should be spent in the car.

·         You will not have to take a test at the end of the course but you will be continually assessed during the modules.  (Back to list) 

Recording progress


A training report form will be completed that you'll sign and date when you reach the required standard in each module. To pass the course you'll need to reach a satisfactory standard in all the course modules. You will be given a progress record to help you to keep track of your progress throughout the course.  (Back to list) 

 There are six modules in total to complete during the Pass Plus, these include:-


1.    Town Driving - 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.


You'll focus on:


·         observation, judgment and awareness

·         eye contact

·         consideration for vulnerable road users

·         showing caution

·         keeping space around your car  (Back to list) 

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  (Back to list) 


3.    Out of Town and Rural Driving - 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.  (Back to list) 


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  (Back to list) 

5.    Driving On Dual Carriageways - Dual carriageways are high speed roads where the two carriageways are separated by a central reservation. You'll need to have particular skills, including:


·         effective observation, using your mirrors and checking blind spots

·         judgment and planning ahead

·         separation distances

·         joining and leaving a dual carriageway

·         overtaking and lane discipline

·         the correct use of speed  (Back to list) 

6.    Driving on Motorways -


Motorways of today are becoming ever more intense.
It is imperative that when driving on motorways that you are both competent and confident. This module will cover


·         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   After passing the practical driving test you are considered to be safe to drive unaccompanied - however you are still inexperienced therefore the Pass Plus is designed to give additional driving experience to newly qualified drivers, for up to one year after passing the practical driving test.  (Back to list) 


There are certainly benefits to gain from the Pass Plus Scheme these include:-


·         Gain more sound knowledge and skills

·         Lower the risks of being involved in road traffic accidents

·         Improve your hazard perception skills

·         Boost your confidence

·         Certain insurance companies which will reduce your insurance premiums.


Pass Plus can only be actioned to DSA ADI Instructors registered for the purpose of Pass Plus.


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