How to do Pass Plus
How to take part in Pass Plus
- You must have passed your driving test before taking part in PASS PLUS.
- Choose a Pass Plus instructor.
- Take the six modules that make up the syllabus.
- After successfully completing the whole syllabus to an achieved or exceeded level of driving competence, you’ll receive a Certificate of Completion.
- Call one of the participating insurance companies to claim your discount, quoting your Certificate number.
What to expect
The Pass Plus course has been designed in six modules. Modules will not all take the same amount of time to cover. However, the course must consist of a minimum of six hours tuition. Five and a half of which are in car driving sessions. This does not necessarily mean six sessions – the number of sessions required will depend on the ability and progress of each pupil.
The emphasis of the training is on practical driving skills and all modules should be practical where possible. However, under exceptional circumstances some sessions may include theory work. For example if there’s no motorway nearby, the motorway driving module will need to be covered in a theory session (you can gain some helpful experience on dual carriageways, but this won’t cover aspects specific to motorways). Theory sessions may take place indoors, using videos, films or slides, or in the car, using specially-prepared materials.
Remember to bring your Progress Record to each session, so you can keep your own personal record of your progress towards each competence.
You and your instructor must sign and date it after each module has been successfully completed to an achieved or exceeded standard.
When the Progress Record has been completed, it will show that you have reached an achieved or exceeded level of driving ability in all the modules.
Training Report Form
Your instructor will supply a Training Report Form, which is used to record your progress.
Both you and your instructor will need to sign and date this too, after each module has been successfully completed.
In order to successfully complete the course your instructor must be sure that all modules have been covered to an achieved (A) or exceeded (E) standard. Only then you can both sign and date the Training Report Form. Your instructor will then send the Training Report Form to DSA for your Pass Plus Certificate of Completion to be issued.
At the end of each session you should talk to your instructor about how you’re progressing. Don’t be afraid to ask if there’s anything you don’t understand or are unsure about. There’s no time limit for completing the course, but as guide you should aim to do so in about four to six weeks. This will help you to keep the subjects covered fresh in your mind.
How you will be evaluated
Your instructor will be looking for you to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge in each module. All the modules need to be completed and assessed to an achieved or exceeded standard in order for you to receive your Pass Plus Certificate.
- Achieved – successfully reached the required standard for each of the competencies.
- Exceeded – exceeded the required standard for each of the competencies.
All six modules must be practical sessions where possible. A theory session will only be carried out where the weather, road or traffic conditions or the geographical situation mean some or all of the module can’t be covered in practice. Any theory sessions need to be completed to an achieved standard. The highest level you can reach in a theory session is achieved, as you have not been able to demonstrate the relevant practical skills.
You will find it helpful to look at the syllabus before each session, so you’ll know what you’ll be covering. As well as reading your guide, other preparation will help you. Useful books, DVDs and videos include:
- The highway Code
- The Official DSA guide to Driving – the essential skills
- Know Your Traffic Signs
- What If? Video for car drivers
- The Official Guide To Hazard Perception
After Pass Plus
When you successfully complete Pass Plus, you will have demonstrated that you:
- Have developed your existing skills
- Have acquired new skills and knowledge
- Know how to anticipate, plan for and deal with hazards safely
- Understand how you can reduce the risk of having a road accident
- Can maintain a courteous and considerate attitude to other road users
At this point you and your instructor sign your training report form. Once it is completed your instructor will then send the form to the DSA. DSA will then send you a Pass Plus certificate of completion showing that you:
- Have successfully completed the course
- Are entitled to an insurance discount from one of the companies taking part in the scheme.
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