Pass Plus

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. This is due to a lack of driving experience, rather than age. The Pass Plus course aims to help you obtain a higher standard of driving by building upon your newly acquired driving knowledge and skills, and by teaching you how to anticipate, plan for and deal with all kinds of hazards. You can take the course at any time within the first 12 months of passing your test.

The course is carried out by Advanced Driving Instructors (ADI) and is split into six different practical modules:

  1. Driving on rural roads.
  2. Driving in town.
  3. Driving on dual carriageways.
  4. Driving on motorways.
  5. Driving in all weathers.
  6. Driving at night.

Over a minimum of six hours you'll cover all of these topics with your instructor which, when completed, results in a Driving Standards Agency (DSA) certificate. Although there is no formal test at the end of the course, your driving will be continually assessed and you must successfully complete all the modules to an achieved or exceeded standard:

  • Achieved: successfully reached the standard required for each of the competencies
  • Exceeded: exceeded the required standard for each of the competencies

Fees for the Pass Plus course will vary depending on where you live and the driving school or instructor you select. You should bear in mind that although the course takes a minimum of six hours, if you need more sessions to complete the course successfully, this may add to the cost. However, this cost may be offset by the range of car insurance discounts offered by insurance companies taking part in the scheme; you may even save more than you paid for the course.