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WHAT IS PASS PLUS?

Pass Plus offers new drivers an extra six hours of professional instruction, helping them to;

     •     Gain quality driving experience safely

     •     Become a more skillful driver

     •     Develop a positive driving style which is both enjoyable and safe

     •     Reduce their risk of being involved in an accident


WHAT ARE THE AIMS OF THE COURSE?

The course aims to;

     •     Develop your existing skills

     •     Acquire the new skills and knowledge that make up positive driving

     •     Further develop anticipation skills, plan for and deal with hazards safely

     •     Understand how to reduce the risk of having a crash

     •     Maintain a courteous and considerate attitude to other road users


HOW DOES THE COURSE WORK?

The course is split into 6 hour-long modules. You are given Progress Record for you to keep, this is so you can see the aims and structure of the course, and keep track of your progress. After each section of the course we will complete your Training Report Form together to state that you have reached the standard required, and when all 6 sections are completed the form is posted to the DSA who will send you a Certificate of Completion. This may entitle you to up to 30% discount with some insurers so keep it safe.


WHAT IS COVERED IN THE SIX MODULES OF THE COURSE?

MODULE 1: TOWN DRIVING

•     Observation, judgement & awareness

o     Eye contact

o     Progressive driving without unnecessary over-caution or hesitancy

o     Good road position for right reasons

o     Early observation to reduce sudden braking and acceleration

o     Environmental issues

o     Visual scanning techniques

o     Dealing with emergency vehicles


•     Consideration for vulnerable road users

o     Cyclists

o     Motorcyclists and moped riders

o     Pedestrians – young and old

o     Consideration at pedestrian crossings

o     Schools and colleges


•     Spatial awareness & clearance to others

o     Adequate clearance

o     Safe stopping and following distance

o     Forward planning

o     Awareness and anticipation of other road users

o     Trams

o     Bus stops and bus lane awareness

o     Cycle lane awareness and procedure

o     Good road position


•     Typical features of urban roads

o     Multi-lane junctions

o     Unusual roundabouts

o     Bus and cycle lanes

o     Under- and over-passes

o     Gyratory systems

o     Road markings


MODULE 2 - ALL WEATHER DRIVING

•     Vision – see & be seen

o     Clean windscreen and windows

o     Importance of wipers and washers

o     Windscreen demisters

o     Heated windows back and front

o     Fog lights – front and rear

o     Use of lights


•     Skidding & avoidance

o     Driver health

o     Road conditions / surfaces

o     Aquaplaning

o     Skid prevention

o     Skid correction

o     Slow speed skids

o     Use of controls and steering

o     Tyre tread and pressure

o     Vehicle footprint

o     Effective braking / cadence

o     Use of ABS


•     Speed & stopping distances

o     Correct speed for conditions

o     Safe separation distances

o     Braking distances

o     Fog code

o     High winds and compensating for them


MODULE 3 - OUT OF TOWN DRIVING & RURAL ROADS

•     Rural hazards (bends/lanes)

o     Reading the road surfaces

o     Passing places

o     Soft verges / kerbs

o     Differences between town and rural driving

o     Dealing with bends

o     Speed / position / other road users

o     Dead ground

o     Gradients and their effect

o     Load / weight position

o     Effect on vehicle performance

o     The horn and its effective use


•     Overtaking & Progress

o     MPSL / MSM

o     Passing slow-moving traffic

o     Where, when and why to make safe progress

o     Increased potential for overtaking manoeuvres

o     Safe distance following


•     Observation skills (middle & far distance)

o     Pedestrians with and without footpaths

o     Animals

o     Horses and riders

o     Slow-moving vehicles

o     Tractors

o     Farm implements

o     Mud on road

o     Concealed entrances

o     Hazard perception


MODULE 4 - NIGHT DRIVING

•     Vehicle lighting & use

o     Importance of headlights

o     Know when to use which lights and why

o     Legal aspects of fog lights

o     Avoidance of dazzling other road users

o     Awareness of half-light and the transition effect at dusk and dawn


•     Speed & stopping distances

o     Able to pull up within sight range

o     Adjusted to suit road, weather and visibility


•     Visibility – seeing & reacting safely

o     Safety checks

o     Awareness and correct reaction to pedestrians

o     Cyclists

o     Intelligent prediction

o     Difference between lit and unlit roads / compensating for the transition effect

o     Defensive driving due to dazzle effect

o     Wet roads – surface glare


•     Parking

o     Safe

o     Legal

o     Convenient

o     Lighting rules

o     On and off road


MODULE 5 - DUAL CARRIAGEWAYS

•     Joining / turning / leaving

o     From slip roads

o     From side roads

o     Turning left

o     Turning right

o     Use of central reservation

o     Roundabouts

o     Assessing traffic / emerging and entering safely


•     Forward planning & observation

o     Reaction for other road users joining, turning and leaving

o     Lane discipline

o     Safe lane changing

o     Separation distance

o     Reaction to road signs and markings

o     Awareness and reaction to end of dual carriageway

o     Speed limit awareness

o     Red warning triangles


•     Overtaking

o     When safe

o     When necessary

o     MPSL / MSM

o     Effective observation for other road users in the other lane or lanes


MODULE 6 - MOTORWAYS

•     Joining / leaving

o     From slip road / acceleration lane

o     Assessing traffic / emerging / entering safely

o     From advance one mile marker to exit


•     Forward planning & observation

o     Reaction for other road users joining and leaving

o     Lane discipline

o     Safe lane-changing

o     Separation distance

o     Reaction to road signs and markings

o     Awareness and reaction

o     Judgement of faster-moving traffic

o     Judgement of slower-moving traffic


•     Overtaking

o     When safe

o     When necessary

o     MPSL / MSM

o     Effective observation of other road users in the other lanes

o     Crawler lanes and slow-moving traffic

o     High sided vehicles and wind/turbulence effect


•     Breakdowns & safety procedure

o     Planning a journey

o     Fatigue – adequate ventilation and use of service areas

o     Use of hard shoulder and the dangers when there

o     Dealing with other occupants

o     Dealing with animals

o     Emergency telephone


SUMMARY

If you’ve got this far you can see how much is covered on the course, and I hope you can imagine how it should make you a safer and more confident driver. If you would like to book yourself onto the course please contact us.

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