About Pass Plus
Pass Plus is an established training course aimed at new drivers. It was designed by the Driver and vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) with the help of insurers and the driving instruction industry.
Statistics show that new drivers are more likely to have an accident in the first two years after passing their test. This is because of their lack of driving experience.
Pass Plus builds on your skills and knowledge. It will teach you how to anticipate, plan for and deal with all kinds of hazards, to help you become a more confident driver.
Who can do Pass Plus training?
You can take a Pass Plus course at any time. However, it’s mainly aimed at new drivers in the first year after passing their test.
Pass Plus modules:
Pass Plus consists of six modules about driving in different conditions:
- in town
- in all weathers
- on rural roads
- at night
- on dual carriageways
- on motorways
As you may well live in Cornwall, Motorways are a bit hard to find, to overcome this problem Ray likes to combine the Dual Carriageway and the Motorway drive into one unit, this means a drive to beyond Exeter.
Great experience for a new driver, miles of dual carriageways to get used to faster traffic, then a motorway drive, learning how to enter and leave the motorway. Followed by an ‘observed’ drive home.
Some insurance companies that recognise Pass Plus and offer a discount
- 4 Counties Insurance
- AA Insurance
- Services Churchill Insurance
- Adrian Flux Insurance
- CIS Click4Gap (enter voucher code ‘PASSPLUS10GAP’)
- Direct Line
- Royal and Sun Alliance
- Swinton Car Insurance
- Young Marmalade
When you have successfully completed your Pass Plus training course you’ll be sent a Pass Plus certificate from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). You’ll be able to use this certificate to claim your motor insurance discount.
Why your Pass Plus certificate is important
Your Pass Plus certificate is written proof that you’ve passed the Pass Plus course. Once you’ve received it, you may be able to claim your discount on your motor car insurance policy.
Checking for discounts on your car insurance
DVSA advises you to check for available discounts offered by insurance companies to drivers who have completed their Pass Plus course.
The amount you can save will depend on the insurance company you choose. Insurers who support Pass Plus offer discounts on the three main types of motor insurance cover:
- third party, fire and theft
- third party only
If you do not have a car at the moment, you may be able to defer the discount for up to two years, but you would need to check with your insurance company.
If you passed your practical driving test more than a year ago, check that you will be eligible for the discount on offer from your insurance company before you take the course.
You should check which company offers you the best discount. You could save more money on your insurance than you actually paid for your Pass Plus course, effectively getting your training for nothing. When you contact the insurers, you need to check that a Pass Plus discount is available to you.