Pass Plus

Why your Pass Plus certificate is important?

In some cases insurance companies who give discounts for pass plus have already raised the premiums for young drivers . So on the financial front it depends upon your choice of insurance company. However, in terms of being a valuable piece of driving tuition to introduce you to motorways, night time driving and bad weather driving it’s definitely worth it and vitally important.  Oakworth School of Motoring delivers safe driving for life to our students and recommends Pass Plus.

Your Pass Plus certificate is written proof that you’ve passed the Pass Plus course. Once you’ve received it, you may be able to claim your discount on your motor car insurance policy. Checking for discounts on your car insurance, DSA advises you to check for available discounts offered by insurance companies to drivers who have completed their Pass Plus course.

The amount you can save will depend on the insurance company you choose. Insurers who support Pass Plus offer discounts on the three main types of motor insurance cover:

  • comprehensive
  • third party, fire and theft
  • third party only

If you do not have a car at the moment, you may be able to defer the discount for up to two years, but you would need to check with your insurance company. If you passed your practical driving test more than a year ago, check that you will be eligible for the discount on offer from your insurance company before you take the course. You should check which company offers you the best discount. You could save more money on your insurance than you actually paid for your Pass Plus course, effectively getting your training for nothing. When you contact the insurers, you need to check that a Pass Plus discount is available to you.

Statistics show that new drivers are more likely to have an accident in the first two years after passing their test, due to lack of driving experience. Statistics from Brake, the road safety charity, show one in four drivers who are killed or seriously injured are under 25.

Oakworth School of Motoring offers DSA approved Pass Plus training courses for new drivers, the Pass Plus scheme is aimed at new drivers to help them become better drivers. Pass Plus is an established training course aimed at new drivers. It was designed by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) with the help of insurers and the driving instruction industry. To join Pass Plus you need to find an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) to train you. Oakworth School of Motoring offers a six hour course covering six training modules

How you’ll be instructed

At the start of your course, Oakworth will give you a copy of the ‘Pass Plus Pupil’s Guide’. This contains detailed information about all aspects of Pass Plus.

Duration

Pass Plus training will take at least six hours, though it can take longer if your instructor thinks it’s necessary.

The training sessions

Pass Plus is a practical course and all modules should be practical sessions. However, local conditions and time of year may mean that some modules need to be given as a theory session. A theory session could be given if there is no motorway nearby. Generally at least five and a half out of six hours should be spent in the car.

You will not have to take a test at the end of the course but you will be continually assessed during the modules.

Recording progress

Oakworth will complete a training report form that you’ll sign and date when you reach the required standard in each module. To pass the course you’ll need to reach a satisfactory standard in all the course modules. You’ll be given a progress record to help you to keep track of your progress throughout the course.

At the end of your training

On successfully completing your training you’ll be sent your Pass Plus certificate to claim your discount on your car insurance policy.

Insurers offering discounts

The following insurers offer motor insurance benefits to car drivers who have passed Pass Plus:

Collingwood Learner Driver Insurance

Pass Plus modules

Pass Plus consists of six modules about driving in different conditions:

  • in town
  • in all weathers
  • on rural roads
  • at night
  • on dual carriageways
  • on motorways
  • Pass Plus modules

Pass Plus builds on your skills and knowledge. It will teach you how to anticipate, plan for and deal with all kinds of hazards, to help you become a more confident driver.

Who can do Pass Plus training?

You can take a Pass Plus course at any time, but it’s mainly aimed at new drivers in the first year after passing their test.

The cost of a Pass Plus course

Your Pass Plus course fees with Oakworth costs provided by your instructor, the course takes at least six hours. All local authorities in Wales, and some local authorities in England and Scotland, can offer you help with Pass Plus course fees.

Applying for Pass Plus

To join Pass Plus, contact Oakworth School of Motoring, Oakworth School of Motoring is registered with the DSA as a Pass Plus instructor, and has a current valid ADI ‘green badge’.

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