What Is The Pass Plus Scheme And Is It Worth Doing?

pass plus drivers licenseWhen it comes to putting a young driver out on the road, IQ Driving will have done its upmost to have every driver ready for life on their own when it comes to driving. However sooner or later a parent or young driver will hear of the Pass Plus Scheme. They will surely encounter the scheme when they are questioned for car insurance coverage. To better understand the development of the Pass Plus Scheme, what it is and whether the Pass Plus Scheme is worth the trouble and cost involved one needs to consider the history of young drivers on the road.

Young drivers are statistically the most likely of all age groups to have an accident. The reasons are numerous but one of the main reasons is that they are the least experienced drivers on the road. They are less likely to have encountered situations that require defensive driving skills and they are more likely to take unnecessary risks, even if they are unaware they are doing so. The odds are very great that a young driver will have an accident before they have driven for two years. Narrow down the statistics even more by dividing out the data on boys and girls and if the driver is a boy the odds are even greater.

According to research, the following facts relate to UK young drivers:

  • One in every five drivers is going to be involved in a car crash within the first year after they begin driving.
  • Male drivers under the age of 21 are 10 times more likely to be in a car accident than male drivers of older age.
  • Young drivers are much more likely to be in an accident if they are driving at night than an older driver.
  • Only one in eight Britons are under the age of 25, but 25 per cent of the drivers who are involved in a fatal car accident are of this age group.
  • In data from 2007, 40 per cent of all passengers that were killed, lost limbs, were paralyzed, obtained severe brain injury or other serious injury were a passenger in a car that was driven by a young driver.

Those statistics are alarming and the more one delves into the driving statistics surrounding the age group of young drivers the more it becomes evident that inexperience behind the wheel as well as being less mature in thought and decision making combines into serious consequences.

Since there is not much that can be done about the age of a young driver it made sense to try and build on the skills and experience of a young driver taking to the road. Thus began the Pass Plus scheme. It was designed by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) with the help of insurers and the driving instruction industry. It is a standard set of instruction that is given by an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI). There are six different training modules which are all geared toward putting a safer young driver out on the road. It is not another test, but a drive that either achieves or exceeds the expectations laid down in the modules.

Pass Plus consists of six modules about driving in different conditions. Those are:

  • in town
  • in all weather
  • on rural roads
  • at night
  • on dual carriageways
  • on motorways

The program is designed to put safer and more experienced young or new drivers behind the wheel and thus helping to cut down on the number of accidents experienced by these drivers. The first step to take is to find an ADI to instruct the training. The cost is determined by how long the training takes as well as the fee of the instructor. Some young drivers can receive assistance in covering the fees involved in the training and they can find out more by questioning an ADI. Once the training modules are complete the student receives a certificate for completing all six modules.

Many people question whether the Pass Plus scheme is successful and whether the cost and time are worth it. This is of course is a matter of understanding a few things. One is the consideration as to whether the cost is worth it financially. Since young drivers are the highest risk group on the road they are in turn the group most likely to face expensive car insurance premiums. By completing the Pass Plus scheme a young driver is demonstrating up front that they are less of a risk by being more experienced behind the wheel. This amounts to discounts in the first year of driving that other young drivers would not be privy to and the discount can more than make up for the initial cost of the Pass Plus training. Not to mention the avoidance of costs that could result in an accident that might have been averted had the young driver been more experienced behind the wheel.

In addition, in taking into account the statistics that involve young drivers behind the wheel it is definitely noticeable that this group of less experienced drivers can benefit from formal instruction. Since the Pass Plus scheme was designed by those most familiar with teaching driving skills and armed with the data of young drivers’ history on the road then the training is going to help. Not all accidents may be a result of inexperience, but in the event such an encounter occurs a young driver would be better prepared to accept the challenge and the knowledge and experience could make all the difference. There is no way to measure the number of accidents that did NOT occur because a young driver was better prepared and experienced. By choosing to put more experience behind a young driver a parent or guardian is choosing to keep them and their passengers safer as well as others on the road with them. When it comes to considering the consequences that could occur should the young driver not be prepared for a specific driving condition or situation, then the question as to whether or not the Pass Plus Scheme is worth it is fully understood. At that point, the cost of having avoided a terrible accident involving the young driver and possibly others equates to the scheme being priceless.

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