What Is It ?

PASS PLUS is a training scheme for new drivers. It's much more than just a few extra lessons. This is a specially designed course with input from the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) and the help of insurers and the driving instruction industry.
Click on the passplus logo on the left to read full details of the scheme on the DSA website.
The scheme consists of six practical modules which cover driving in town, in all weathers, on rural roads, at night, on dual carriageways and on motorways.
You can take it at any time within the first 12 months of passing your test.

There is no test at the end of it your driving will be continually assessed and you must successfully complete all the modules in the course to an achieved or exceeded standard:

  • achieved - successfully reached the standard required for each of the competencies

  • exceeded - exceeded the required standard for each of the competencies.

Why do I need it ?
Road Accidents currently account for :

  • Almost half of all accidental deaths in Great Britain
    Nearly a quarter of all adult deaths under 30
    The largest single cause of death and injury for young adults.

PASSPLUS will help you to
- gain valuable driving experience safely
- build on your existing skills and knowledge
- reduce your risk of being in a road accident
- save money on car insurance premiums
- boost your confidence (and give peace of mind to your family and loved ones)

How much will it cost ? Probably nothing !!!

Most new pupils save more on their first insurance policy than the course actually costs !! Typically I see pupils saving anywhere between £250 and £500 on their first premium after completing the PassPlus training.

The cost is normally more than covered by the discount on insurance policies for passplus qualified drivers and some councils (including East Cheshire and Staffs) periodically offer a further subsidy to students because of the acknowledged road safety benefit to be gained.

To check on the current council funded offers click this link.

Insurance companies offering discounted premiums can be found by following this link.

AA Insurance
Adrian Flux Insurance Services

RAC Direct Insurance
Churchill Insurance
Direct Line

Norwich Union (AVIVA)

RAC Direct Insurance

More Than Car Insurance
Tesco Motor Insurers
QUINN Direct Insurance Ltd

Pass Plus Modules in a little more detail are as follows.

Town driving

Driving in town can be daunting: rush hour traffic, complicated junctions and traffic systems... learn the skills to deal with all these and more

All-weather driving

Rain, fog, bright sunshine, snow and ice: find out how to drive safely in all the different weather conditions you'll face on the road

Driving out of town

Country roads can harbour all kinds of hazards, from sharp bends and potholes to farm vehicles and animals in the road

Night driving

Dealing with dazzle, judging distance and speed, using your lights correctly - these are just some of the areas covered

Driving on dual carriageways

To drive safely on fast, multi-lane roads you'll need all your skills of observation, concentration, anticipation and lane discipline

Driving on Motorways

Motorways are like no other roads: learn how to drive on them safely and correctly under expert supervision