Why Pass Plus?
The scheme was originally piloted in Fife between 1998 and 2002. It identified a clear problem in that new drivers are vulnerable and more susceptible to have an accident in the first two years of passing their driving test than at any subsequent time in their driving career.
The solution was a simple one; develop new drivers with skills that equip them to drive in all conditions and on all types of roads.
Subsequent surveys of the effectiveness of the training showed that a massive percentage of new drivers felt more confident on the roads and found that their driving skills had improved.
How Pass Plus training works:
Pass Plus is a practical training course that is taken over a minimum of 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.
You’ll need a Pass Plus registered approved driving instructor (ADI) to teach you: I am registered by the DVSA to carry out Pass Plus tuition.
Pass Plus training takes at least 6 hours: I generally undertake the course in three two hour training sessions. 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 seasonal or local conditions may not allow for this and 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.
Further information can be obtained from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) Pass Plus team: