What is Pass Plus?

Find out everything you need to know about Pass Plus. Are you ready to take your driving skills to the next level?

Fantastic. Many congratulations. You’ve passed your driving test. This is no mean feat; you’ve worked hard, and you’ve demonstrated total commitment. Here at Steering Clear, we’re very pleased for you. Passing your test can give you a real sense of freedom and of course, now you can get in a car and go anywhere.

Well, almost anywhere. What about motorways? How about driving somewhere in the dark, or on those really tricky bendy country roads? And, you’re wondering how on earth you could possibly master that gyratory system just a few miles away. You know, the one with all those lanes that looks a bit scary.

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Learning…and Then Learning Again

Experienced drivers often say that learning to drive happens in two stages: before AND after passing your test, the latter being when it all becomes “real”. From our point of view, the team here takes great care to ensure that all would-be drivers are as ready as they possibly can be, not only for the test but for real-world driving afterwards.

However, it goes without saying that sallying forth on your own in a car for the first time can be nerve-wracking. As a new, young driver, the facts are clear: you are much more likely to have an accident in the first two years after passing your test.

Avoid becoming a statistic. Here’s the answer:

Welcome to Pass Plus

In brief, Pass Plus is a short driving skills course of six hours (one module per hour) aimed at helping you improve your skills and feel more comfortable behind the wheel. It’s all about safety and confidence.

You can take it any time, but driving instructors recommend that you consider Pass Plus within 12 months of getting your licence. Pass Plus isn’t compulsory – you don’t have to do it – but it could give you that all important self-belief and some insurers (but by no means all) may offer you lower insurance premiums.

You’ll need to book your course with an Approved Driving Instructor. All Steering Clear instructors are fully qualified, so contact us to find out more.

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What Do I Learn with Pass Plus?

Certain aspects of learning to drive weren’t covered during your initial series of lessons, so Pass Plus focuses on filling in the gaps:

1. Motorway Driving

As a learner, you’ve never driven on a motorway, therefore it may seem a little intimidating. Everyone is driving so fast, or so it seems. Don’t worry, though. In this module, you’ll learn how to set safe speeds, improve your observation skills, use the lanes correctly, follow signs and how to deal with motorway fatigue.

2. Driving on Dual Carriageways

You probably drove on one of these with your instructor. Actually, dual carriageways are fairly similar to motorways. Did you really feel that you got the hang of them, though? This module focuses on:

  • Joining and leaving the carriageway (yes, there is a correct and safe way to do this)
  • Judging distances
  • Making effective observations
  • Overtaking and how to manage lanes

3. Town Driving

Unless you live in a village or in the countryside, you’ll most likely be an about-town driver, so this section of the course aims to help you to maximise your everyday driving skills.

Accidents can and do happen with a moment’s inattention. So, so you’ll be learning how to observe everything around you, how to negotiate under and overpasses, what you need to do with awkward or unusual roundabouts (we’re back to that gyratory again) and how to drive in areas where there are bus and cycle lanes.

4. Driving on Rural Roads

These roads are totally different. They wind and bend, sometimes sharply. You have to have your wits about you.

You’ll learn how to cope with bends, blind corners, potholes and tractors, as well as how to overtake these incredibly slow-moving vehicles safely. And, when not even to try.

Also included in this module is how to reverse into safe parking spaces, what to know and do about livestock and wild animals and how to cope with sudden, unexpected debris in the road. It’s all very useful, if not absolutely essential.

5. Driving in Adverse Weather Conditions

Unless you were incredibly unlucky with the weather when you learnt to drive in the summer, you may not have experienced heavy snow or driving rain when you were behind the wheel. Ice is also as issue, as is fog, even low sunlight in winter.

Learning how to prevent skids, aquaplaning and how to break on poor surfaces are just a few of the skills that this part of Pass Plus will teach you, as well as how best to cope with all the weather conditions described above.

6. Driving at Night

You don’t have to have night-driving lessons whilst you’re learning, so you may be lacking those all-important skills to help you be a confident driver after dark.

This module will cover the correct use of headlamps, judging speeds and distance, how to manage the “dazzle” from other cars’ headlights and how best to drive in the half-light of dusk or dawn.

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Is Taking Pass Plus Worth It?

There are a number of benefits associated with taking Pass Plus:

You Can’t Fail

Yes, we thought we’d put that one first. This is a course, not an examination so you won’t have to take it again. To get the certificate you DO need to reach the required standard, but there’s no pass or fail as there would be in a driving test.

You’ll Feel More Confident

Our driving instructors will help you to boost your belief in yourself as a competent driver. Being aware of hazards and your general road knowledge will really make you the master of your own driving universe.

You’ll Gain Experience

Move out of learner mode and mindset, push yourself and don’t get complacent. Pay attention but don’t be nervous. You’re gaining some amazing experience here.

It May Reduce Your Insurance Premiums

You don’t have to tell us how expensive insurance costs are for newly qualified drivers. Astronomical is one word that springs to mind. With a Pass Plus certificate, you may qualify for slightly cheaper insurance, but this is becoming an increasingly rare option for most insurers.

Costs

Costs vary but you can expect to pay between £150 and £200 for the entire course.

Bear in mind that you don’t have to take the course in a specific place. It can be wherever you’re located.

So, what do you think? Is super-charged driving for you? Contact us to find out more about Pass Plus. It could be you. Only just that little bit better.