Pass Plus Warwick Driving Lessons

Pass Plus Warwick Driving Lessons

Driving Lessons in WarwickshireWhy the course?
Pass Plus is a voluntary training course designed by the DSA for newly qualified drivers. It consists of 6 modules which emphasise on developing your practical driving skills.

As a newly qualified driver you’re much more vulnerable than you may realise. More importantly statistics show that new drivers are more likely to have an accident within the first two years of passing their driving test than at any other time in their driving experience.

Newly qualified drivers are at a higher than average risk whatever their age. The main cause is simply a lack of driving experience. To counteract this problem the PASS PLUS course has been designed to give you valuable specialist tuition by developing your skills and boosting your confidence.

The Pass Plus course was designed to help counteract this problem and give the inexperienced newly qualified driver valuable professional tuition.

The benefits of PASS PLUS to you are:

  • That it facilitates you to gain a quality driving experience safely
  • It assists you to become a more skilful driver
  • It minimises your risk of being involved in an accident
  • It saves you money on your car insurance premiums.*

*All you need to do is to produce your certificate (which is given to you when you pass the course) to those insurance companies who participate in the scheme.

Module 1:

The first module consists of two parts namely, the first part which is an introductory session and the second part which is a practical session on town driving.

At the beginning of the first session your instructor will check your driving licence and eyesight, before explaining:

  • why the course was introduced
  • the course aims
  • the challenge of safe, positive driving
  • the skills and knowledge areas which are to be covered during the course.

Driving Lessons in WarwickshireModule 1:

Normally this practical part of Module 1 should be taken immediately after the introduction to PASS PLUS.

This practical element of Module 1 will concentrate on the following:

  • observation, judgment and awareness
  • eye contact
  • consideration for vulnerable road users
  • balancing cautiousness (being cautious-but not over-cautious)
  • keeping space around your car.  


Further advice about various features of town driving will also be given, including multi-lane junctions; unusual roundabouts; trams and bus, cycle and taxi lanes; and under-and over-passes.


Driving Lessons in WarwickshireModule 2:

This module is a continuation from your first session on town driving, which aims to cover all features of driving in various weather conditions such as rain; sleet, snow and ice; mist and fog; and bright sunshine. The different speed and stopping distances in such conditions will be covered in depth.

It is essential that you:

  • make sure that you can see and be seen by other drivers
  • decide upon the correct speed to drive at
  • apply the rules in practice appropriately.


Also an in-depth analysis of skidding will be covered as follows:

  • the causes of skidding
  • prevention of skids
  • correcting slow-speed skids
  • braking on poor surfaces
  • aquaplaning.


Driving Lessons in WarwickshireModule 3:

This session covers the following aspects:

  1. the main differences from town driving
  2. observing the road ahead
  3. progressing safely
  4. bends, hills, uneven roads and dead ground
  5. keeping a safe distance from the vehicle ahead
  6. safe overtaking.


Emphasis will specially be placed on:

  1. consideration for pedestrians especially on roads with no pavement
  2. horse riders
  3. sharp bends
  4. use of the horn
  5. farm entrances and buildings
  6. slow-moving vehicles
  7. livestock and wild animals
  8. mud and other debris on the road
  9. use of passing places.


Driving Lessons in WarwickshireModule 4:

All aspects of driving in the dark are covered in this session, including:

  1. the importance of headlights
  2. adjusting to the dark
  3. driving at both dusk and dawn
  4. judging speed and distance appropriately
  5. the correct use of lights, including cleanliness of lights
  6. dazzle
  7. anticipation and awareness of other road users i.e. pedestrians and cyclists etc.
  8. parking.


Driving Lessons in WarwickshireModule 5:

Dual carriageways are defined as high-speed, multi lane roads where two carriageways are separated by a central reservation.

Such carriageways demand particular skills and therefore emphasis in this session will be placed on:

  1. effective observation through the use of all mirrors, blind spots, scanning the near, middle and far distance
  2. safe judgment and planning with consideration on safe distances and the two-second rule
  3. use of slip roads in order to join and leave dual carriageways
  4. overtaking and lane discipline
  5. correct use of speed.


Driving Lessons in WarwickshireModule 6:

Being a new driver, you may never have driven on a motorway. Motorways are unlike any other road, not only because of the number of lanes, the high traffic volumes and vehicle speeds, but due to the fact there are also rules and signs that specifically relate to motorways only.

Invaluable training and experience in driving on motorways will be given to you through PASS PLUS.

Whilst you will have gained some helpful experience on dual carriageways, this will not have covered aspects specific to motorways. It is therefore essential in the event that there is no motorway nearby that this session will have to be covered in theory.

If this is the case, it is recommended that you should plan to drive on a motorway as soon as possible after the course, in order to put into practice the knowledge you have obtained from the course. This theory session like any other will need to be completed to an achieved standard.

The following topics will be covered in this session:

  • planning journeys in advance
  • joining and leaving motorways
  • use of safe speeds in different circumstances
  • effective observation through the use of all mirrors, blind spots, scanning the near, middle and far distance
  • signs, signals and markings
  • overtaking and lane discipline
  • being courteous to other road users
  • motorway fatigue
  • procedure in the event of a breakdown
  • use of lights, including hazard warning lights
  • debris on the carriageway
  • crosswinds.