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The scheme has been designed by the Driving and Vehicles Standards Agency (DVSA), with the help of motor insurance and driving instruction industries, to develop your skills and knowledge in areas where you may have limited experience.
Pass Plus consists of a minimum of six hours´ training and the emphasis is on developing your practical driving skills. There is no test at the end. Instead, you´ll be assessed throughout and you must achieve the objectives within each module to complete the training. Motorway driving is included as one of the Pass Plus modules.
Cumbria County Council and Cumbria Road Safety Partnership (CRSP) encourage drivers aged 17-24 years old who live in Cumbria and have passed their test within the last 12 months to register for Pass Plus by contributing part of the cost. Funding towards this varies depending on annual budgets. For the current position please click on the CRSP link.
You have passed your driving test and can now drive by yourself. This is an exciting time - driving gives you freedom and independence. However, it is also very expensive - insurance premiums for new drivers can often far exceed the cost of a car.
Statistics show new drivers of any age are more likely to have an accident within the first two years of passing their test than at any other time in their driving career. It is basically down to a lack of experience. Insurance premiums reflect the increased risk.
Sign up for Pass Plus, a training scheme for new drivers. It is designed to develop your skills and knowledge to make you a safer driver.
Your initial driver training should provide you with a varied range of road and traffic conditions. However, this training often takes place within a familiar area, as there are time constraints and lesson objectives to consider. Pass Plus provides the opportunity to drive out of your local area, extending your driving experience safely.
You already know how to drive so your Pass Plus sessions will be different to a driving lesson. You will develop your confidence and ability to deal with unfamiliar road and traffic conditions under the guidance of an experienced professional.
Many insurance companies offer discounts to new drivers who have completed the Pass Plus course, so it is worth shopping around for the best deals. Although the discount is only offered on the first year‘s insurance, if you stay claim free, you will begin to build your no claims bonus, leading to lower premiums year on year.
Designed by the Driving Standards Agency, Pass Plus aims to develop a positive approach to driving through two key factors - your attitude and your skills.
The course is organised into 6 modules
You have to complete all modules and undertake at least 6 hours of training. The amount of time spent on each module will vary according to individual needs. You will not have to take another test - your instructor will continually assess your driving. To gain your certificate your driving needs to demonstrate you have ‘achieved‘ or ‘exceeded‘ the required skills and knowledge in each module.
No matter how long ago you passed your test we have some videos and links to sites that could really help you improve your driving, increase confidence and make you more aware of your driving environment.