The Pass Plus scheme was introduced to help improve the skills of drivers who had just passed their tests.
But how does Pass Plus work and is it worth the money? Here we look at what the Pass Plus scheme involves and whether it can mean discounted car insurance costs.
What is the Pass Plus scheme?
It’s a practical training course that takes at least 6 hours to complete. The aim is to help drivers to improve their skills and become safer on the road.
The 6 modules covers driving:
- In town
- In all weathers
- On rural roads
- At night
- On dual carriageways
- On motorways
You don’t take a test but are assessed throughout. To pass you need to reach the required standard in all modules.
Is Pass Plus worth it?
The main draw of the Pass Plus Scheme is the discounted car insurance costs. But insurers don’t always offer a discount for drivers who have completed the Pass Plus scheme.
It may reduce your insurance costs
It helps improve your confidence on the road
It teaches you skills you may have not covered in much detail in your lessons
You can practice driving in all conditions so you're prepared for the worst
It costs moneys
It requires more time dedicated towards learning to drive
There's no guarantee the Pass Plus scheme reduces your car insurance costs
When can you take the Pass Plus scheme?
You can take it any time after passing your driving test. But it’s most useful in the first year of driving as this is when the chance of crashing is at its highest.
Who will teach you on the Pass Plus scheme?
You need a Pass Plus-registered driving instructor to teach you. You can check the GOV.UK website to find a driving school near you.
How much does the Pass Plus scheme cost?
It usually costs between £150 and £200 for the Pass Plus course, but this varies depending on where you live. Some local councils offer discounts so it’s worth asking what’s available.
Will I get a discount on my insurance with Pass Plus?
Louise Thomas, Confused.com Product Manager suggests
"There's no hard and fast rule as to whether insurers offer a discount. It could help reduce your costs, but this may vary between providers. If you're a nervous driver, boosting your confidence and safety skills behind the wheel will be beneficial regardless of the insurance discount. Plus it could help save on your insurance in the long run - being a safer driver and avoiding accidents will help to build your no-claims bonus over time."
You also need to check if you still qualify for a reduction if you passed your practical driving test more than a year ago.
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Applying for a Pass Plus certificate
If you pass, you can apply for your own Pass Plus certificate from the DVSA Pass Plus team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You also receive a training report from your instructor after reaching the required standard.
What other advanced driving courses are available?
If you want to bolster your driving skills even more, you can take an advanced driver course through IAM RoadSmart. Here are some of the benefits of taking an advanced driving course:
Boost your confidence on the road and It could possibly help reduce your car insurance.
Practice skills at an advanced level, like control, observation, timing and road positioning. Your instructor also goes through how to deal with unpredictable roads and other road users’ behaviour.
After the test at the end of the course you're likely to be a fully-certified expert driver. The IAM RoadSmart course costs around £149.
For more information, read our advanced driving courses guide.