Pass Plus courses and your insurance

One way you can lower the cost of your car insurance is by taking approved driver training courses.

For most drivers, the only driving test and qualification they’ll ever pass is the one that allows them to drive on the road.

In some cases that can mean that you haven’t passed a formal qualification in 50 years and while experience counts for a lot with insurance, taking an approved driver training course could help you further drive down the costs of your insurance.

That’s especially the case for young drivers who can’t rely on experience to lower the cost of their insurance; so further training is a good option.

What is Pass Plus?

Pass Plus is a practical training course designed to help drivers, particularly those who’ve just passed their test, to improve their skills and drive more safely.

You don’t have to have just passed your test to enrol in the Pass Plus training course but it is most useful for drivers in their first year on the road.

Why take the Pass Plus course?

Pass Plus courses are often touted as a way to reduce the cost of your car insurance and for lots of people that’s the reason for enrolling on the course.

While lots of people may experience a reduction in their car insurance premium because of a Pass Plus certificate some don’t, and often the cost of the course does not offset the cost of your insurance premium.

But that doesn’t mean it’s not worthwhile. Any further driving training courses should be appreciated for exactly that, an opportunity to improve your driving skills.

Insurance reductions are an added bonus of a Pass Plus course.

How much is a Pass Plus course?

Pass Plus training courses usually cost around £180 and will take around six hours to complete.

You can complete the Pass Plus course over a number of lessons but it depends on your instructor.

What happens on a Pass Plus course?

A Pass Plus is designed to help new drivers gain experience in areas where they’re lacking.

That means covering aspects of driving that won’t necessarily have been ticked off during driving lessons, including:

– Motorway driving
– Night time driving
– All weather driving
– Rush hour driving
– Dual carriageway driving
– Urban road driving
– Rural road driving

Is there a test on your Pass Plus course?

Pass Plus is a course without an examination or test at the end, instead you’ll be assessed throughout the course and will have to hit the required standard across all modules.

Who is responsible for Pass Plus courses?

Pass Plus is a government scheme and is overseen by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

When it comes to carrying out the training courses however, approved driving instructors can deliver the course as long as they are registered with Pass Plus.

Is Pass Plus available for everyone?

The Pass Plus course has been designed with new drivers in mind however it’s not restricted to those who’ve passed their test within the last 12 months.

Anyone can enrol on a Pass Plus course and benefit from what you’re taught.