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So you think because you have passed your test that you know everything you need to know? The UK driving test assesses your ability to drive safely and with consideration for other road users. Your ability will be assessed within the realms of what is achievable on the day.
It is possible that not all elements of your driving will be assessed during your 40 minutes. Think back to that roundabout you hoped wouldn’t come up, perhaps you hoped you wouldn’t have to go on the dual carriageway? Did you hope it wouldn’t rain? Do you dread the pedestrian crossings in town? Just because you passed doesn’t mean all of your skills are as strong as they could be.
There may also be gaps in your learning because you didn’t get the opportunity to cover the subject in your lessons. If you learned through the summer perhaps you never really dealt with rain or driving on the dark. Perhaps where you live and took your test does not have dual carriageways or rural roads nearby. You certainly didn’t go on a motorway as learners are not permitted.
Statistics show that new drivers are more likely to have an accident within the first two years of passing their test than at any other time in their driving career. You lack driving experience: its not because of your age – newly qualified drivers are a higher than average risk whatever their age.
Pass plus builds on your existing skills and goes into each subject in a little more depth to help you prepare for any situation. It will help you to become a more confident and safe driver.
Once you’ve successfully completed the course you will usually qualify for a car insurance discount. You may even find that you recover more than the cost of the training!
For an up to date list of insurance companies taking part ask your instructor, ring 0115 936 6504, or visit www.direct.gov.uk/passplus
How does it work?
Firstly, the good news is that there is no test! Pass plus is a driving course made up of six modules. You will complete the modules over a minimum of six hours tuition, of which five and a half must be in-car driving lessons. Your instructor will sign off each module to say you have achieved or exceeded the required standard. Your instructor will file your sign off sheet with the DVSA and you will be presented with a certificate which you can show your insurance company.
The cost of the course is £180 and you can see how extensive the syllabus is, this course will help you stay a safe driver in the conditions you have not yet encountered.
Did you know…the driving test does not cover driving bad weather, different roads, driving at night or driving on the motorway…
- Observation, judgement and awareness
- Eye contact
- Consideration for vulnerable road users
- Being cautious – but not over cautious
- Keeping space around your car
- Multi lane junctions
- Unusual roundabouts
- Trams and bus, cycle and taxi lanes
- under- and over-passes
All weather driving
- Sleet, snow and ice
- Mist and fog
- Bright sunshine
- See and be seen
- Use of speed
- braking, skidding and aquaplaning
Out of town driving and rural roads
- The main differences between town and out of town driving
- observing the road ahead
- making progress safely
- Bends, hills, uneven roads and dead ground
- Keeping a safe distance
- Safe overtaking
- consideration for pedestrians, horses, slow-moving vehicles
- Livestock and wild animals
- Mud and other debris on the road
- use of passing places
- Importance of headlights
- Adjusting to the dark
- Driving ant dusk and dawn
- judging speed and distance
- The correct use of lights and cleanliness of lights
- Anticipation and awareness of pedestrians, cyclists etc.
- Effective observation
- Judgement and planning (safe distance and the two second rule)
- Joining and leaving dual carriageways, use of slip roads
- Overtaking and lane discipline
- Correct use of speed.
- Planning journeys in advance
- Joining and leaving motorways
- Safe speeds in different circumstances
- Effective observation
- Signs, signals and markings