Pass Plus


This is a scheme backed by the Goverment, Driving Standards Agency and many insurance Companies. It is designed to improve your driving skills and make you a safer driver, but may lead to other benefits such as cheaper motor insurance.

Pass Plus benefits you by


  • Enabling you to gain quality driving experience safely

  • Helping you become a more skillful driver

  • Teaching you how to develop a positive driving style which is both enjoyable and safe

  • Reduce your risk of being involved in a road accident

  • Save money on your car insurance premiums


The course consists of a minimum of six hours training specially designed to follow on from a

successful practical driving test.


  • In Town Driving

  • Out of Town Driving

  • All weather Driving

  • Night Driving

  • Dual Carriageway Driving

  • Motorway Driving


The extra experience and driving skills gained from Pass Plus are are invaluable as you may not have experienced some or all of the aspects outlined. You will be taught how to deal with these situations in a safe and responsible manner whilst broadening your skills and attitudes in


  • Observation

  • Assessing what you see

  • Taking the right action

  • Consideration to others


You can take Pass Plus up to a year after passing your practical test. There is no test to take! Your course is based on you showing a competence in all aspects and when completed to a satisfactory standard, the Driving Standards Agency will issue a certificate.



The Pass Plus Driving Course


The Pass Plus Course has been designed to make newly qualified drivers better drivers. The Pass Plus was set up by the DSA to encourage newly qualified drivers to undergo further training with an ADI.
The Pass Plus will not only give newly qualified drivers further driving experience and enhance their skills, it will allow them to reduce the cost of their car insurance as many car insurance companies offer a substantial discount to drivers who have successfully completed the Pass Plus Course.
The Pass Plus consists of the following modules:


Town Driving  which includes:


  • Observations, judgment and awareness

  • Eye contact

  • Consideration for vulnerable road users

  • Keeping space around your car


All-Weather Driving which includes:


  • Correct speed

  • Safe stopping distances

  • Seeing and being see in rain, sleet, snow and ice

  • Skidding, cause and prevention, correcting slow-speed skids, braking on poor surfaces, aquaplaning


Driving Out Of Town which includes:


  • Observation of the road ahead

  • Making progress safely

  • Bends, hills, uneven roads, dead ground

  • Keeping a safe distance from the vehicle ahead

  • Overtaking safely

  • Being aware of and showing consideration for pedestrians, horse riders, animals in the road, farm entrances and slow-moving vehicles.


Night Driving which includes:


  • The importance of the correct use of headlights

  • Adjusting to dark conditions

  • Judging speed and distances

  • Correct use and care of lights

  • Dealing with dazzle

  • Road users who can be difficult to see

  • Parking​


Driving on Dual Carriageways which includes:


  • Effective observation

  • Use of mirrors and checking blind areas

  • Judgment and planning well ahead

  • Safe separation distances

  • Joining and leaving dual carriageways

  • Lane discipline

  • Overtaking

  • Correct use of speed


Driving On Motorways which includes:


  • Planning journeys in advance

  • Joining and leaving motorways

  • Using slip roads properly and effectively

  • Safe speeds for varying circumstances

  • Effective all-round observation

  • Signs, signals and markings

  • Overtaking and lane discipline

  • Courtesy towards other road users

  • Motorway fatigue

  • Breakdown procedures

  • Use of lights and hazard warning lights

  • Debris on the carriageway

  • Crosswinds


You do not pass the Pass Plus by taking a final exam/test. Your driving instructor monitors and assesses your performance as you go through and complete the six modules.
Each Pass Plus Course must consist of at least six hours training. During the course your driving instructor will record your progress on a training report form. When the instructor is satisfied that you have successfully completed the course you will be issued with a Certificate of Completion by the DSA.
Only driving instructors who are registered as Pass Plus Instructors can give the course.
Some Local Authorities are now giving discounts to people who take the Pass Plus Course.