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Pass Plus is a training scheme for new drivers aimed at improving your road skills in areas that you may have limited experience, therefore making you a safer driver. This structured syllabus gives you the extra experience that you need and will help reduce your risk of being involved in a crash.
Pass Plus consists of a minimum of six hours training. There is no test. When you have achieved the level of driving competence you will receive a certificate from the Driving Standards Agency which can be used to reduce your insurance premiums as you are a safer driver. This reduction should be more than the cost of the course. (Please check with individual insurance companies for the discounts they offer for Pass Plus)
Please note depending on the level of ability some students may require more than six hours training, and that due to weather conditions/time of lessons some modules will be covered as theory sessions.
If you passed your practical test with FIVESTAR call your instructor and he/she will be happy to book you in for a Pass Plus Course.
If you are new to FIVESTAR and passed your test with a different school either give us a call on
Thurrock 01375 350012 Havering 01708 405353, Basildon 01268 833035
or if you prefer go to our contact us page and send us an email we will be happy to arrange a Pass Plus course just for you.
Pass Plus consists of six modules:
1. Town Driving
The first module has two parts. It begins with an introduction to Pass Plus, explaining the course aims and the skills and knowledge to be covered.
The second part is a practical session covering the different features of driving in a town, such as complex junctions and public transport.
You'll focus on:
observation, judgment and awareness
consideration for vulnerable road users
keeping space around your car
2. All Weather Driving
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:
sleet, snow and ice
mist and fog
You'll also look at skidding, and:
what causes skids
how to prevent skids
correcting slow-speed skids
braking on poor surfaces
3. Out of town driving and rural roads
This module looks at the main differences between town and country driving:
observing the road ahead
making progress safely
bends, hills, uneven roads and dead ground
keeping a safe distance from the vehicle ahead
It focuses especially on being aware and showing consideration for:
pedestrians, horse riders and animals in the road
slow moving vehicles
It also covers the correct use of a horn, coping with mud and debris on the road and how to use passing places.
4. Night Driving
This covers the important parts of driving at night, dawn and dusk. You'll learn about:
the importance of using headlights correctly
adjusting to the dark
judging speed and distance
the correct use of lights and keeping them clean
dealing with dazzle
hard-to-see road users
5. Dual Carriageways
Dual carriageways are high speed roads where the two carriageways are separated by a central reservation. You'll need to have particular skills, including:
effective observation, using your mirrors and checking blind spots
judgment and planning ahead
joining and leaving a dual carriageway
overtaking and lane discipline
the correct use of speed
This should be a practical session if possible. If there is no motorway nearby, it will be covered in a theory session. You should drive on a motorway as soon as you can afterwards so you can put the theory into practice.
The topics covered include:
joining and leaving a motorway, and using slip roads
safe speeds in different circumstances
signs, signals and markings
overtaking and lane discipline
courtesy to other road users
use of lights, including hazard warning lights
debris on the carriageway