The Pass Plus Scheme helps new drivers become better drivers. As such it can boost
your motoring confidence, reduce the risk of accidents, and lower vehicle insurance
premiums. The scheme was designed by the Driving Standards Agency – with help from
UK insurers and the driving instruction industry. It consists of six – mostly practical –
modules. These are: in town, in all weather, on rural roads, at night, on dual carriageways,
and on motorways. Progress is accessed continuously, rather than by formal examination.
The scheme can only be taught by Approved Driving Instructors (ADI). These must be
registered with the Driving Standards Agency as Pass Plus instructors - and have ADI
green badges. The course typically takes six hours to complete, but this can be extended
if necessary. Some people need more practise than others. Prices vary too, according to
your instructor's rates. Some English, Scottish, and Welsh authorities help with the cost.
By Stephen Turvil, motoring.co.uk