Passplus scheme for new drivers
When you’ve finally passed your test and torn off the L-plates that clung to your bumper through every jerky hill-start and dodgy gear change of learning to drive, you’ll have every right to feel proud.
But getting your full licence doesn’t necessarily mean you’re prepared for every situation you can encounter out on the roads.
Did you know?
As a new driver, you are more likely to have an accident in the first year after passing your test than at any other time in your motoring career.
Per mile of driving, the risk of an accident involving injury or death is about seven times greater for 17-20 years old than for those aged 40 or over.
Drivers under 21 are involved in 15% of all accident deaths.
New drivers make up just 10% of licence holders, but are involved in 29% of accidents.
In fact, the Driving Standards Agency (DVSA) says motorists are more likely to have a car accident in the first two years of passing their test than at any other time in their driving career.
For many new drivers this means sky-high insurance premiums and, as a consequence, a seriously limited choice of affordable first cars.
The DSA’s PassPlus scheme, launched in 1995, gives anyone who has passed their test in the past 12 months the chance to cut the cost of their car insurance and get some additional practice with a qualified instructor.
It can be particularly useful for nervous drivers and those who want someone with them when they first drive at night or on the motorway.
What does the PassPlus course involve?
PassPlus aims to build on the skills you learnt before you passed your test – hopefully making you a safer and more competent driver.
The course takes a minimum of six hours to complete and is split into the following practical modules:
- Driving in town
- Driving at night
- Driving on rural roads
- Driving on dual carriageways
- Driving on motorways
- Driving in all weathers
There’s no test at the end of the course, but in order to successfully complete it you'll have to continually demonstrate that you can 'achieve' or 'exceed' the necessary standard in each module.
It's worth it. More training could save your life.
Passing a driving test is only the first step towards learning to drive safely. Many people go on to learn bad habits and forget what they were taught. It is possible to get further training to ensure you are driving safely, but most people don't even know pass plus exists.
Pass Plus is a scheme backed by the Government's Driving Standards Agency and most insurers, to encourage newly qualified drivers to become better drivers.
Pass Plus gives extra experience and positive driving skills that would otherwise take a long time to acquire.
The aim is to offer further training, given and assessed by your instructor, to help you improve your driving skills and also you may receive an insurance discount.
The course not only helps with the cost of your insurance but will considerably help your driving confidence and skill, giving you tips and assistance that normally takes years to learn.
Who can take part?
You can take Pass Plus within your first year of passing the practical driving test.
I can provide more information on the scheme including the content of the training sessions and the small cost involved.
Insurers offering discounts
The following insurers offer motor insurance benefits to car drivers who have passed Pass Plus:
- 4Counties Insurance
- AA Insurance
- Adrian Flux Insurance Services
- Churchill Insurance
- Click4Gap (enter voucher code 'PASSPLUS10GAP')
- Direct Line
- Provident Insurance
- Quinn Direct Insurance Ltd
- RAC Direct Insurance
- Royal and Sun Alliance
- Swinton Car Insurance
- Tesco Motor Insurers
- Young Marmalade
- Zurich Insurance
- Motaquote (Cardiff)
The discount offered can vary, it is best to shop around and get several quotes