What’s involved in the Pass Plus course

Driving Ayrshire Pass Plus course

What is Pass Plus?

The Pass Plus scheme is a post driving test course made up of six modules. These modules can be done at your own pace to completing the Pass Plus course which can work towards safer driving and keep your insurance premiums down. At Driving Ayrshire we support your driving journey post test to further your driving confidence and competence.

Pass Plus

Town Driving – Module 1

The first parts begins with an introduction to Pass Plus, explaining the course aims and the skills and knowledge to be covered. The second part  of Pass Plus is a practical session, covering the different features of driving in a town, such as complex junctions and public transport.

You’ll focus on:

  1. observation, judgement and awareness
  2. eye contact
  3. consideration for vulnerable road users
  4. showing caution
  5. keeping space around your car

All Weather Driving – Module 2

This module will be covered as much as possible in a practical session. You’ll focus on correct speed, safe stopping distances, plus seeing and being seen in:

  1. rain
  2. sleet, snow and ice
  3. mist and fog
  4. bright sunshine.

You’ll also look at skidding:

  1. what causes skids
  2. how to prevent skids
  3. correcting slow-speed skids
  4. braking on poor surfaces
  5. aquaplaning

Driving in the Country – Module 3

This module looks at the main differences between town and country driving:

  1. observing the road ahead
  2. making progress safely
  3. bends, hills, uneven roads and dead ground
  4. keeping a safe distance from the vehicle ahead
  5. safe overtaking
  6. pedestrians, horse riders and animals in the road
  7. farm entrances
  8. slow moving vehicles
  9. It also covers the correct use of a horn, coping with mud and debris on the road and how to use passing places.

Night time driving – Module 4

This covers the important parts of driving at night, dawn and dusk. You’ll learn about:

  1. the importance of using headlights correctly
  2. adjusting to the dark
  3. judging speed and distance
  4. the correct use of lights and keeping them clean
  5. dealing with dazzle
  6. hard-to-see road users
  7. parking issues

Dual Carriageway driving – Module 5

Dual carriageways are high speed roads where the two carriageways are separated by a central reservation. You’ll need to have particular skills, including:

  1. effective observation, using your mirrors and checking blind spots
  2. judgement and planning ahead
  3. separation distances
  4. joining and leaving a dual carriageway
  5. overtaking and lane discipline
  6. the correct use of speed

Motorway driving – Module 6

This will be a practical session if possible. You should drive on a motorway as soon as you can afterwards so you can put the theory knowledge into practice.

The topics covered include:

Varying traffic conditions for journey planning. You’ll be joining and leaving a motorway, using slip roads to gain the experience of applying the following topics and skills:

  1. safe speeds in different circumstances
  2. effective observation
  3. signs, signals and markings
  4. overtaking and lane discipline
  5. courtesy to other road users
  6. motorway fatigue
  7. breakdown procedures
  8. use of lights, including hazard warning lights
  9. debris on the carriageway
  10. crosswinds

Upon completing the Pass Plus you will receive a DVSA certificate to acknowledge your achievement.

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