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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EASTER SPECIAL OFFER TO NEW LEARNER DRIVERS

EASTER SPECIAL OFFER AT DRIVING AYRSHIRE

Easter Special Offer introductory to new learners

Easter Special Offer - Driving Ayrshire

This Easter at Driving Ayrshire we are giving new learners a good deal to save on their driving lessons when they buy a block of 10 lessons for just £190 a £40 saving on the normal price of a block booking. This is just open to 5 new students so could run out before Easter.

When booking just quote the promotion code DA19 to get your block booking at the reduced price.

OFFER ENDS 22nd of April Easter Monday at 12pm or when all 5 spaces are taken.

So HOP to it and get a good driving course deal to help kick start your lessons in 2019!

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Driving Lessons Stevenston – Jack Kean test pass

Driving Lessons Stevenston – Jack Kean test passed

First test pass of 2019, Jack Kean of Stevenston passing so well at Irvine test centre on 8th January 2019. Great drive for Jack it was a pleasure taking you through your driving lessons and help achieving your aim to be a full licence holder, all the best in searching for a car and stay safe. Driving Ayrshire do driving lessons stevenston students have enjoyed and we also help post test in pass plus training and arranging insurance on that first car.

Jack left us with positive feedback on his time with Driving Ayrshire with it being his first driving school to embark on learning to drive.

“I was looking for Stevenston driving instructors who offered consistent lessons each week. The main reason I chose Driving Ayrshire was the positive reviews and wanted to learn from a reliable School as soon as I turned 17 to help me to drive up and down to university which would be much better than public transport. My instructor Kevin had good learning techniques which helped me learn every aspect of driving and not just to pass my test. Although I had to stop and restart lessons again I wasn’t pushed into too much and appreciated learning getting back to a good standard with the help of my instructor. I felt my time learning was really valued and rewarding. So much so I want to embark on doing Pass Plus to gain more advanced skills as a new driver. I can’t thank my instructor at Driving Ayrshire enough to give me the skills and road experience to gain confidence throughout my time driving.

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Driving Ayrshire – New Year Driving Lesson Giveaway

Giveaway of 10 hours of driving lessons by Driving Ayrshire

Its our annual competition giveaway here at Driving Ayrshire to win 10 hours of driving lessons which is a massive financial head start to getting your full licence.  It’s our way at Driving Ayrshire to give something back for all the support and good will of all our students throughout the year.  So the reason for this post is to get that good will gesture out there and get all your friends and family involved that wish to be a driver in 2018!! ?

The Instructors at Driving Ayrshire come into 2018 with a record number of test passes, so it’s been a very successful year for our driving school and we want to continue that going into a new year to grow and prosper just like our students do learning to drive.  It’s been a massive year for new learner drivers with having the driving test restructured so this change show hopefully result in even safer drivers on our roads equipped with a high standard of driving skills. That’s what you can expect from our Instructors is high quality lessons designed to be taylored to every students ability and needs should you become one of our students in 2018.

Well where’s the competition I hear you say… well below shows what you need to do to enter it.  But hurry as the competition closes at 12pm on 31st December 2017 so you have to enter to be picked out as our latest winner. So head over onto our Facebook page found in the link under the competition rules and good luck to all that’s entered to be driving in 2018!!?? All the best everyone for 2018 from everyone at Driving Ayrshire, happy and safe driving 2️⃣0️⃣1️⃣8️⃣

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Driving Ayrshire New Driving Test – What to expect

Driving Ayrshire – New Driving Test

With less than a month to go to the changes to the new Driving Test and its important you know what to expect if you have been already learning or just starting your journey to be a safe driver for life. There are key changes which you may or may not be aware of happening on the 4th December 2017. Below is a run down of the main changes:

  • The independent driving part of the test will increase to 20 minutesThe independent driving section of your test is set to double from ten minutes to 20 minutes – meaning it will now take up roughly half of the 40 minute exam. The DVSA explains that during this part of the test, you have to drive “without turn-by-turn directions from the driving examiner”.
  • You may have to follow directions from a sat nav. Most candidates will now be asked to follow directions from a sat nav during the independent driving part of the test. It won’t matter if you go the wrong way unless you make a fault while doing it. One in five driving tests won’t use a sat nav and you’ll need to follow traffic signs instead.
  • Reversing manoeuvres are changing, ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn-in-the-road’ manoeuvres will no longer be tested, although you will still be taught them by your instructor. Instead, you’ll be asked to do one of three possible reversing manoeuvres. This could be to parallel park at the side of the road, park in a bay (either driving in and reversing out or reversing in and driving out), or to pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for two car lengths and rejoining the traffic again.
  • You’ll have to answer two safety questions while you’re driving. You’ll be asked two vehicle safety questions while you’re driving, which the DVSA says are known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions. You’ll be asked the ‘tell me’ question at the start of your test, before you start driving, and the ‘show me’ question while you’re driving – for example, showing how to wash the windscreen using the car controls and wipers.Not everything is changing though; the test will still last around 40 minutes and the pass mark will remain the same, with no more than 15 minor driving faults and no major faults will return a pass result.

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If you have any questions on the new format of test you can contact us at Driving Ayrshire or book your lessons for the new year ahead.

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