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Pass Plus

- Get advanced driving lessons with pass plus
So, what is pass plus?

Pass plus is an additional driving course for drivers to take to enhance their skills and confidence when driving. The course is aimed at new drivers however it is not limited to them, anyone who has passed their practical driving test can complete the course.

So perhaps you have just passed your driving test and aren`t feeling very confident on the road, or maybe you passed a while ago but haven`t driven much since and want to brush up on your skills. Or even you`re a confident driver that just wants to be prepared for all driving conditions, the pass plus course is for you!

The course is roughly six hours long and is broken down into six modules, the modules cover types of driving and driving conditions that are not typically covered in your regular driving lessons often.
  • Night time driving
  • All weather driving
  • Dual carriageway driving
  • In town driving
  • Rural road driving
  • Motorway driving

You will cover most of these driving types throughout your lessons however you`re not likely to cover them in great deal or as often as things like manoeuvres and traffic systems. It may not be possible to cover each of these subjects practically so you may have to complete some theory work on them. For example, all weather driving, it is not likely to be icy if you are completing the course in summer therefore some theoretical work will be done instead.

The pass plus course does not have a test at the end, so you don`t need to worry about that, your instructor will go through each subject until they feel and you feel happy and confident with it. You will be assessed throughout the course and have to reach the required standard in each module to pass the course.

What are the advantages?

The biggest advantage of the pass plus course is that you will have the opportunity to enhance your skills and confidence in driving. As mentioned above you will be able to spend more time on areas of driving that are not always heavily focused on in lessons. The course will prepare you even further for independent driving.

Some insurance companies offer a discount or reduced price when drivers have the pass plus certificate, this is something you should check out when shopping for insurance. To gain the pass plus certificate you must apply for one upon completing the course.

What is the cost?

So you`ve just forked out for your lessons, test and car and now you`re thinking about taking your pass plus? The course costs approximately £180 however it differs between instructor and location so as always shop around before you buy! Some councils also offer discounts and deals on the pass plus course so make sure you look into this with your local council first.

Tips for the less confident driver

If the pass plus isn`t for you but you still need to gain some confidence that`s fine! Here are some top tips for getting used to the road
  • Don`t fill your car up with your loud and distracting mates, instead take out a calm and experienced driver who can put you at ease whilst you are getting to grips with the road.
  • Re-read the Highway Code: remember everything you learnt for your theory test? Don`t let all that slip through your fingers - being wise on the rules of the road will only help you understand more and become more confident.
  • Don`t jump in at the deep end! If you know you are not ready for dual carriageways or motorways don`t drive down them, wait until your confidence is growing and perhaps when your with an experienced driver.
  • Practice makes perfect! Drive little and often to get yourself used to things, the more you drive the more you experience and the more you learn.
  • Drive during quiet times: don`t hit the road during rush hour or the school run, opt for late evening (before it gets dark) and mid-morning whilst the roads aren`t too busy.
  • Reduce your distractions! Leave your belongings in the boot and listen to soft and soothing music until your feeling more confident.
  • Challenge yourself, as you become more confident drive a little bit further or round that roundabout you hate. Maybe drive a new route to work or the shops and get experience on different types of roads.
  • Don`t give up, keep on practicing because you will get there!

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