PASS PLUS is a road safety initiative aimed at improving the skills of novice
drivers. New drivers are more likely to have a crash in their first two years of
driving than at any other time in their driving career.
This is where PASS PLUS comes in. After pupils pass their driving tests they can pay for structured tuition from a registered PASS PLUS instructor.
Pupils reaching the required standard should be entitled to a substantial discount on their motor insurance premium from companies supporting the scheme. There is no test at the end of the course as your driving is assessed by your driving instructor.
The course syllabus covers six modules:
Module 1 – Town driving.
The first module begins with an introduction to PASS PLUS, explaining the course aims and the skills and knowledge to be developed.
The second part of the first module is a practical session covering the different features of driving in town. These would be such things as complex junctions and public transport. Concentration will be given to development of your observation, judgement and awareness eye contact consideration of vulnerable road users. You will become cautious where required without becoming overly so, at the same time keeping safe space around your car.
Module 2 – All weather driving.
As much of this module as possible should be covered in a practical session. You will focus on correct speed, safe stopping distances, plus seeing and being seen in rain, sleet, snow and ice, mist and fog, and bright sunshine.
You will also look at skidding, what causes them, how to avoid them, correcting slow-speed skids, braking on poor surfaces and aquaplaning.
Module 3 – Driving out of town.
This module covers driving on rural roads and will deal with the main differences between driving in towns and in the country. You will develop your skills whilst dealing with observation of the road ahead, making safe progress safely around bends and on hills. Where possible you will be given the opportunity to drive on uneven roads, encountering ‘dead ground’, maintaining safe distances from the vehicle ahead and overtaking safely.
The module also focuses especially on being aware and showing consideration for pedestrians, horses and riders and animals in the road along with farm entrances and slow moving vehicles. Appropriate use of the horn, coping with mud and debris on the road and how to use passing places are also covered.
Module 4 – Driving at night.
This module covers the essential aspects of driving in the dark and also at dawn and dusk. You will learn about the importance of the correct use of headlights, adjusting to the dark, judging speed and distance, the importance of keeping all lights clean, dealing with dazzle, road users who can be hard to see and parking issues at night.
Module 5 – Driving on dual carriageways.
Dual carriageways are high speed, multi-lane roads where two carriageways are separated by a central reservation. They demand particular skills, including effective observation, using your mirrors and checking blind spots, judgement and planning ahead, the need for a safe separation distance, joining and leaving on slip-roads, overtaking and lane discipline, and the correct use of speed.
Module 6 – Driving on motorways.
This module should wherever possible be a practical module. If there is no motorway nearby, it will have to become a theoretical session with advice to drive on motorways as soon as possible afterwards so that you can put your theory into practise.
The topics covered include; planning journeys in advance, joining and leaving a motorway, using slip-roads, safe speeds in different circumstances, effective observation all around your vehicle, signs, signals and markings, overtaking and lane discipline, courtesy to other road users, motorway fatigue, breakdown procedures use of lights including hazard warning lights, debris on the carriageway and the effect of crosswinds.