Pass Plus

Advanced Driver Training

Pass Plus

PASS PLUS is a training scheme for new drivers. It’s much more than just a few extra lessons. This specially designed course by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA), with the help of insurers and the driving instruction industry, helps you

gain valuable driving experience safely

you will be taught how to deal with a wide range of road and traffic situations, many of which you probably won’t have faced before

build on your existing skills and knowledge

it can take years to become a skilled driver. PASS PLUS helps get you there by speeding up the learning process under expert tuition

reduce your risk of being in a road crash

the course will help boost your awareness of all kinds of hazards and help you learn how to anticipate, plan for and deal with them safely

save money on car insurance premiums

naturally, you will have to pay for the course. Fees for the PASS PLUS course will vary depending on where you live and the instructor or driving school you choose. Bear in mind too that it will take a minimum of six hours, all of which need to be taken after passing your test. If more sessions are needed for you to successfully complete the course, this may add to the cost.
When you have successfully completed the course, you are advised to check available discounts offered by the insurance companies taking part in the scheme. The amount you save will depend on the company you choose, you may even save more than you paid for the course.

boost your confidence

if you feel nervous driving on your own, the PASS PLUS training can help you become more confident on the roads

give peace of mind to your loved ones

PASS PLUS consists of six practical modules which cover driving in town, in all weathers, on rural roads, at night, on dual carriageways and on motorways. You can take it at any time within the first 12 month of passing your test.

There is no test at the end of it – your driving will be continually assessed and you must successfully complete all the modules in the course 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

In exceptional circumstances, if a module can’t be done on the road it will be covered in a theory session. The highest level you can reach is ‘achieved’ as you’ve not been able to demonstrate the relevant practical skills.

Don’t worry if you haven’t got a car at the moment, you may be able to defer the discount for up to two years. Again, check with your insurance company.

If you passed your test more than a year ago you should check that you’ll be eligible for the discounts on offer from your insurance company before you take the course.

Did you know? Every day in Britain, 2 under 25’s die in road accidents


Pass Plus Modules

  • Town driving

    Driving in town can be daunting: rush hour traffic, complicated junctions and traffic systems… learn the skills to deal with all these and more.

  • All-weather driving

    Rain, fog, bright sunshine, snow and ice: find out how to drive safely in all the different weather conditions you’ll face on the road.

  • Driving out of town

    Country roads can harbour all kinds of hazards, from sharp bends and potholes to farm vehicles and animals in the road.

  • Night driving

    Dealing with dazzle, judging distance and speed, using your lights correctly – these are just some of the areas covered.

  • Driving on dual carriageways

    To drive safely on fast, multi-lane roads you’ll need all your skills of observation, concentration, anticipation and lane discipline

  • Driving on Motorways

    Motorways are like no other roads: learn how to drive on them safely and correctly under expert supervision

Pass Plus and Motor Insurance

When you successfully complete PASS PLUS you will usually qualify for a substantial discount on your motor insurance policy. Motor insurers who support the scheme offer discounts on

  • comprehensive
  • third party fire and theft
  • third party insurance policies.

The following details are of insurers currently taking part in PASS PLUS will enable you to check which company offers you the best discount. The saving could more than cover the cost of training.

When you contact them, you need to check that a PASS PLUS discount is available to you.

  • AA Insurance
  • Adrian Flux Insurance Services
  • RAC Direct Insurance
  • Churchill Insurance
  • CIS
  • Direct Line
  • Endsleigh
  • Norwich Union
  • Privilege
  • Provident
  • Royal and SunAlliance
  • Tesco Motor Insurers
  • Swinton
  • QUINN Direct Insurance Ltd
  • Zurich