Learning to drive is a life-changing thing, which can open up a lot of new roads and avenues (excuse the pun). Once you have passed your test and obtained a driving license you’re ready to go, but not everyone may have the confidence to get straight behind the wheel and tackle the open road. This is where Pass Plus Stockport courses can really help, but they offer more than just a boost to a person’s confidence behind the wheel.
What is Pass Plus?
Pass plus is an additional and practical training course that is open to anyone with a driving license. The course lasts a minimum of at least six hours, with at least five and a half hours driving experience. It enables drivers to improve their existing skills and encourages drivers to drive more safely and effectively. The course is focused on six main modules, driving on a dual carriageway and the motorway, at night, on rural roads, in all weathers, and in town. A driver can gain experience driving in busier and larger built-up areas such as cities, areas with large junctions, roundabouts, and multiple lanes. All of these are all areas that are either not covered while learning to drive or are areas that a new driver may lack experience in, but they are also things that most drivers will come across while getting behind the wheel. One major benefit of the course is gaining experience driving along a motorway, as it’s not something that a learner driver can do until they have a full driving license.
There’s No Specific Test
Another benefit of the pass plus course is that there is no practical driving test. Instead, the approved driving instructor assesses the driver in each module and as long as they reach the correct driving standard across all six areas they can obtain the pass plus qualification.
There are two major advantages of completing a pass plus course, one being that it enables new drivers to become more confident and allows them to gain more driving experience, creating safer drivers, which benefits the driver, passengers and other road users too. It can also improve a driver’s hazard perception, so they evaluate and read the road better. Pass plus is open to anyone with a driving license so can be completed by those who haven’t recently passed their driving test but may need to improve their confidence or are looking for refresher lesson.
If you successfully complete a pass plus course it can also have a positive impact on your vehicle’s insurance. Most insurance companies ask whether or not the driver has undertaken any additional driving courses as this can affect your insurance premiums. You’ll be viewed by the insurance company as being a safer driver, therefore at less risk of being involved in a road traffic accident, especially if you are an inexperienced and younger driver. Not all insurance companies offer a discount but for those that do you, it could potentially save on your premium. Although the prices differ between companies so it’s best to compare any quotes for the best deal. Before taking out any insurance, make sure you have the pass plus certificate as some insurance companies will require proof. If you don’t currently own a vehicle, do check with each insurance company as some will take a pass plus qualification into account for up to two years from the pass date.
If you are looking for a pass plus registered and approved driving instructor then instructors such as Beverly Slater and other well-established driving schools offer everything you need to complete your pass plus course and ensure you’re fully equipped to hit the road, helping you not only drive safer but also save money in the long run!