Is Pass Plus worth it?
Passed your driving test? Have you thought of Pass Plus?
What is Pass Plus?
Pass Plus is a training course designed to help drivers improve their skills and drive safer. The course typically lasts for around 6 hours and can be taken by any driver. However, it is most useful to new drivers within a year of passing their practical test. To take the course, a Pass Plus registered approved driving instructor (ADI) will need to teach you.
Pass Plus is not a compulsory course and does not have a formal test. However, after each element of the course, the driver will need to meet a required standard.
Once the course has been completed. The driver may be eligible for a discount on their insurance – depending on the provider.
How to book a place on a Pass Plus course
The course will need to be taken by a registered approved driving instructor; you can contact the Driver Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to check if your instructor is registered. You’ll need their name and ADI number. If your instructor isn’t registered, you’ll have to find a registered instructor to take you. The course fees will depend on where you live, the instructor, and the length of the course, but a typical course will cost around £150 to £200 – but some local councils offer discounts off the full price of the course.
What do you do on Pass Plus?
The 6 hours of training consist of one module per hour, where you are assessed on your driving in different conditions:
Driving in a town will help you learn how to handle driving with complex junctions, and bus and cyclist lanes.
In all weathers
Most new drivers won’t have driven in many different driving conditions, but it’s vital that you gain experience in the event that you’re driving in hazardous weather. In this module, drivers learn about stopping distances and other safety tips. However, weather cannot be controlled and so this module can be based on theory rather than practical.
On rural roads
While most drivers will be travelling in urban areas, a lot of journeys require driving in rural areas. Therefore, drivers on the Pass Plus course need to learn about safe practices on rural roads, such as how to deal with passing places and animals on the road.
Driving at night
Most of us will need to drive at night at one point or another – whether we want to or not! If the thought of driving in the dark makes you nervous, then Pass Plus can help by teaching you how to drive correctly and confidently; you will learn about the use of both your own headlamps, and those of other vehicles, as well as other safety must-knows.
On a dual carriageway
Dual carriageway driving is similar to motorway driving, but the two are separated into different modules on the Pass Plus course. This module focuses on joining and leaving the dual carriageway, along with safe distances to keep between you and other cars.
This module then focuses on lane discipline, safe speed, and dealing with motorway fatigue.
If possible, all modules should be practically assessed. There is no formal test, but your instructor will need to agree that you have met the requirements of each module.
Applying for a Pass Plus certificate
Once you have completed your Pass Plus course, you will need to apply for a Pass Plus certificate. This is essential if you want a discount on your insurance.
To apply, you’ll need your training report signed by your instructor. It must say that you’ve met the requirements for each module. All you have to then is send the signed form to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) by post to;
Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency
The Axis Building
112 Upper Parliament Street
They will then send your certificate to you by post.
Is Pass Plus worth it?
The confidence Pass Plus can give new or nervous drivers makes the course worth it for many people. It can help them understand and become proficient in parts of driving which cannot be covered in lessons.
However, not all insurance companies offer a Pass Plus discount; so it’s worth checking with your insurance company before you take the course. If you want to decrease your premium, black box insurance is more likely to work for you.