Pass Plus

 Pass_Plus_Logo.JPGThe Pass Plus scheme was started by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) as voluntary additional lessons for young drivers who had just passed their driving tests.

The need was identified due to the high incident of young drivers being involved in accidents in the first two years after learning to drive. New drivers between seventeen and twenty-one make up around 10% of the driving population.

However, they are likely to have over 20% of all accidents that involve someone being killed or seriously injured. Pass Plus aims to help reduce these statistics by giving the drivers additional skills that they would not have used on their driving lessons.

Any driver of any age can take the Pass Plus course within the first twelve months of receiving their full license. However, the skills and techniques in the course can be useful for any driver. The aim of the Pass Plus course is to help drivers become more confident and skilful on the road and therefor reducing the accident rate.

Pass Plus is divided into six parts:

Town Driving
Country Driving
All Weather Driving
Night Driving
Dual Carriageway Driving
Motorway Driving

There must be a minimum of six hours of tuition and a form is required to be sent off, detailing how the training has taken place.

The modules need not be taken in order, at regular intervals or all at once. It is up to the individual instructor and the new driver to determine when, where and how long each Pass Plus session is. For instance, Dual Carriageways and Motorways are often best grouped together and spread over 3-4 hours as these types of roads are likely to be the least used on previous driving lessons.

In some cases, it is very easy to do some of the Pass Plus training as it will involve themes similar to those already used by the new driver.

Other parts of the Pass Plus tuition may not be able to directly demonstrate certain skills, for instance, driving on ice and snow if the Pass Plus course is taken in the height of summer, so the tuition can only be taken in the form of information, rather than a practical demonstration.