Once you have passed your driving test you have the licence drive on the roads by yourself. But you must be aware that you are an inexperienced driver, further development in your hazard awareness and anticipation skills may be required. Statistics show that 1 in 5 young drivers will have an accident within the first year of driving.
The Pass Plus scheme is aimed at new drivers, to help them become safer drivers, by gaining experience on roads and driving conditions that you might not have covered during your driving lessons.
That’s where Pass Plus comes in
Pass Plus is a practical training course that takes at least 6 hours and is for drivers to improve their skills and drive more safely.
It can be taken at any time although it should be most useful to new drivers in the year after passing their test.
How Pass Plus training works
Pass Plus training takes at least 6 hours. It has 6 modules, covering driving:
- In town
- In all weathers
- On rural roads
- At night
- On dual carriageways
- On motorways
All modules should be practical sessions, although local conditions may mean some are theory based. You’ll normally spend at least 5.5 hours driving.
You won’t take a test but you’ll be assessed throughout the course. To pass you’ll have to reach the required standard in all modules.
Car insurance discounts
Once you’ve completed Pass Plus you may be able to get a car insurance discount. You’ll need your Pass Plus certificate.
Check with insurers that you can still get a discount if you passed your practical driving test more than a year ago.
The amount of discount depends on the insurance company. Not all insurers offer Pass Plus discounts.
You might be able to put the discount on hold for up to 2 years if you don’t have a car at the moment – check with the insurance company first.