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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Motorway driving after you pass your test

It can be a challenge just passing your driving test, but eventually you will be able to venture out on to busy extensive motorways that connect towns and cityies to where you want to go.  Driving on them involves the anticipation and planning skills you learned on your lesson and require you to drive safely at speed, be alert to other drivers and their intentions, and do not join all of those drivers who sit in the middle lane for most of their journey, otherwise known as lane hogging!

Motorways were designed to keep traffic flowing and make driving long distances easier, as you can bypass cities and towns more easily, and have a mainly straight route to your destination, before leaving to drive onto the major roads when in and around your destination.  Most major motorways have three or four lanes, and the inside lane (left) is for you to drive in, then the middle or central lane and the outside lane are for overtaking.

Many motorways are used by haulage companies who have a large fleet of lorries, and businesses for transporting goods quicker, so you will tend to see a lot of lorries in the inside lane do to the speed they will be travelling at.  Many lorries have speed limiters fitted, to prevent them from going over 60mph, so they tend to stay in the inside lane for long distances.  Coaches also use the motorways for speed of getting customers from A to B, and they too use the inside lane, so it can get quite congested with all types of traffic!

You will at some point, need to pull out and overtake, but this is where the middle lane hoggers come into force!  You should, by law, pull out safely, overtake, then as soon as it is safe to do so, pull back in to the inside lane again.  Not all drivers apply this rule.  Many pull out into the middle lane, and because they see a stream of traffic in the inside lane, or do not like being sandwiched between two lorries, stay in the middle lane for the duration of their journey!

This is illegal to do, and the fine for this offence, if caught and proved, has been recently increased to £100 and 3 points on your licence.  Make sure you do not fall in to this bad habit that other drivers have.  Be a safe and responsible motorway driver, considerate of other drivers, and if you need reassurance or extra tuition, through PassPlus that will give you the chance to have motorway driving lessons in preparation for going it alone in driving on motorways.  Contact us for more information and PlassPlus on 07968841468 or visit https://www.driving-ayrshire.co.uk/contact-us

What is Pass Plus?

Pass Plus

Pass Plus is a scheme linked to allow you to receive insurance discounts upon being a newly qualified driver, by:
•Saving you money on your car insurance premiums initially as a new driver.
•Showing you the techniques to be a positive driver which is both enjoyable and safe.
•Helping you gain quality driving experience upon passing your driving test that you can use for lifelong driving.

The pass plus course has been designed in six modules. Modules will not all take the same amount of time to cover, but each course must consist of a minimum of six hours tuition, five of which must be driving.
The Modules

Module 1:Introduction
Module 2: Town driving and all weather driving
Module 3:Out of town driving on rural roads
Module 4:Night driving
Module 5:Dual carriageway
Module 6:Motorway Driving

Feel free to contact us if you wish any further information on pass plus or start it after passing your driving test.