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What is Pass Plus?
Pass Plus is a Government backed scheme specifically aimed at new drivers which is supported by insurance companies, the Driving Instructors Association and the Driving Standards Agency. Statistics show that new drivers are more likely to have an accident in the first two years of passing their test due to a lack of driving experience – this is where Pass Plus comes in! The course aims to build upon your newly acquired driving 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
The course lasts a minimum of 6 hours and has 6 sessions/modules:
- driving in town
- driving in all weathers
- driving on rural roads
- driving at night
- driving on dual carriageways
- driving on motorways
There is no test. When our qualified and registered instructors are satisfied with your performance you will receive a certificate from the Driving Standards Agency.
What happens after the course?
When you have successfully completed the course, you are advised to check available discounts offered by the insurance companies taking part in the scheme. The amount you save will depend on the company you choose. Most insurers that support the scheme will give you a one-year’s no claims bonus, you may even save more than you paid for the Pass Plus course. The no claims bonus can be deferred for two years if you currently drive under someone else’s policy. If you buy a car within two years of completing Pass Plus and have not had any claims in the meantime, your first premium will be reduced by the extra one-year’s no claims bonus; (check with your insurance company).
Anyone who holds a full UK licence is eligible to take part in the scheme. To qualify for insurance discounts you must take Pass Plus within your first year of passing the practical driving test.
PASS PLUS MODULES
Driving in town can be daunting: rush hour traffic, complicated junctions and traffic systems learn the skills to deal with all these and more.
The first module begins with an introduction to PASS PLUS, explaining the course aims and the skills and knowledge to be covered. The second part of the module is a practical session, covering the different features of driving in town, such as complex junctions and public transport. You’ll concentrate on:
- observation, judgement and awareness
- eye contact
- consideration for vulnerable road users
- being cautious but not over cautious, and
- keeping space around your car
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.
As much of this module as possible will be covered in a practical session. You’ll focus on correct speed, safe stopping distances, plus seeing and being seen in:
- sleet, snow and ice
- mist and fog, and
- bright sunshine
You will also look at skidding
- what causes them
- how to prevent them
- correcting slow-speed skids
- braking on poor surfaces, and
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.
This module taken on country roads, will look at the main differences between town driving 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, and
- 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
Appropriate use of the horn, coping with mud and debris on the road and how to use passing places are also covered.
Dealing with dazzle, judging distance and speed, using your lights correctly – these are just some of the areas covered.
This module covers the essential aspects of driving in the dark and also at dawn and dusk. You’ll learn about:
- the importance of the correct use of headlights
- adjusting to the dark
- judging speed and distance
- the correct use of lights and keeping them clean
- dealing with dazzle
- road users who can be hard to see, and
- parking issues
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.
Dual carriageways are high speed, multi-lane roads where the two carriageways are separated by a central reservation. They demand particular skills, including:
- effective observation, using your mirrors and checking blind spots
- judgement and planning ahead
- the need for a safe separation distance
- joining and leaving a dual carriageway
- overtaking and lane discipline, and
- the correct use of speed
Driving on Motorways
Motorways are like no other roads: learn how to drive on them safely and correctly under expert supervision.
This module should be a practical session if at all possible. If there is no motorway nearby, it will have to be covered in theory: you should drive on a motorway as soon as you can afterwards so you can put the theory into practice.
The topics covered include:
- planning journeys in advance
- joining and leaving a motorway, using slip roads
- safe speeds in different circumstances
- effective observation all around your vehicle
- 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
We also cover multi-storey car parking, supermarket car parking and driving your route to work on request.
We have found that Arrow Driving Tuition pupils after taking Pass Plus feel far more confident in their driving ability.
BEING A POSITIVE DRIVER IS A CONTINUOUS LEARNING PROCESS