Pass Plus Driving Tuition

Pass Plus is an advanced driver training course designed by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) to make newly qualified drivers become better drivers. Pass Plus can also give drivers a number of other benefits, such as cheaper motor insurance.

Statistics show that the risk of having an accident is highest during the first years of driving after passing the driving test – This is the main reason why the Government launched the Pass-Plus scheme.

The scheme consists of six modules, which follow on from a successful practical driving test. The modules take a minimum of six hours to complete. You will have to reach a set standard for each module – a module can take just one lesson or sometimes more. When the required standard for a module is reached, your instructor will sign and date the section as completed.

Module 1: Driving around a town

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 driving lessons either in Sutton, Wallington, Epsom , Banstead or Cheam town centres covering the different features of driving in a town, such as complex junctions and public transport.
You’ll focus on:

  • Observation, judgment and awareness
  • Eye contact
  • Consideration for vulnerable road users Showing caution
  • Keeping space around your car

Module 2: All weather driving

This Driving lesson although more theory than practical driving will cover correct speeds, safe stopping distances, plus seeing and being seen in:

  • Rain, Sleet, snow, ice mist, fog and Bright sunshine

During your driving lessons you’ll also look at skidding:

  • What causes skids?
  • How to prevent skids
  • Correcting slow-speed skids
  • Braking on poor surfaces
  • Aquaplaning

Module 3: Driving in the countryside

Driving lessons looks at the main differences between town and country driving your driving lessons will utilise the country lanes through Kingswood and Reigate:

  • Observing the road ahead
  • Making progress safely
  • Bends, hills, uneven roads and dead ground
  • Keeping a safe distance from the vehicle ahead
  • Safe overtaking

It focuses especially on being aware and showing consideration for:

  • Pedestrians, horse riders and animals in the road
  • Farm entrances
  • Slow moving vehicles
  • The driving lessons also cover the correct use of a horn, coping with mud and debris on the road and how to use passing places.

Module 4: Driving at night

This covers the important parts of driving at night, dawn and dusk. During your driving lessons 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
  • Parking issues

Module 5: Driving on dual carriageways

The Dual carriageways used for this module are either the A217 from Sutton to Reigate or the A232 from Epsom to the Tolworth roundabout where we move the lesson to the A3 with 70 mph speed limits. The Driving lessons consist of the following skills:

  • Effective observation, using your mirrors and checking blind spots
  • Judgment and planning ahead
  • Separation distances
  • Joining and leaving a dual carriageway
  • Overtaking and lane discipline
  • The correct use of speed

Module 6: Driving on motorways

This should be a practical session our nearest motorways are the M25 and the M23. You should drive on a motorway as soon as you can afterwards so that you can practice. The Driving lessons will cover:

  • Journey planning
  • Joining and leaving a motorway, and using slip roads
  • Safe speeds in different circumstances
  • Effective observation
  • Signs, signals and markings
  • Overtaking and lane discipline
  • Courtesy to other road users
  • Motorway fatigue
  • Breakdown procedures
  • Use of lights, including hazard warning lights
  • Debris on the carriageway
  • Crosswinds