Statistics show that new drivers are more likely to have an accident in the first two years of passing their test than at any other time in their driving career. In the first year of driving, one driver in five is involved in an accident. This is mainly down to a lack of driving experience, and this is where Pass Plus comes in!
What is Pass Plus?
Pass Plus is a training course specifically aimed at new drivers, designed by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) with the help of insurers and the driving instruction industry. Pass Plus will build upon your existing skills and knowledge, it will teach you how to anticipate, plan for and deal with all kinds of hazards, and can help you to become more confident on the roads.
Pass Plus is made up of six practical modules which include:
- driving in town
- driving in all weathers
- driving on rural roads
- driving at night
- driving on dual carriageways
- driving on motorways
Anyone who holds a full UK licence is eligible to take part in the scheme. You will not have to take a test at the end of the course but you will be continually assessed. You must successfully complete all the modules in the course to an achieved or exceeded standard.
So what will you learn during your motorway lessons? To make a list of everything that will be covered would be so boring that you probably wouldn’t read all the way to the end of it. So to summarize. You will be taught to deal confidently with any situation that may arise by good forward planning. This will be achieved by awareness of what other drivers around you are doing, making best use of all roadside and gantry signs and road markings. These are particularly important in busy urban motorway environments. You will also be taught how to prepare for a long unfamiliar journey and how to recognize and cope with the effect of fatigue that can occur during long spells behind the wheel. We will also cover how to deal with accidents and emergencies.
People who take advantage of this type of course are those that have passed their driving test but maybe have not driven since then. Another example may be someone who has either moved house or changed jobs and now needs to drive regularly in unfamiliar surroundings, for example motorways or in busier traffic. The courses are individually tailored to the customer’s needs and can be anything from 2 hours upwards.