The Pass Plus Scheme: What is it and is it worth doing?

All young drivers will eventually become familiar with the Pass Plus Scheme, even before the hit the road for the first time. It will be part of the questioning when the young driver attempts to get car insurance. To fully understand the Pass Plus Scheme, what benefits it offers, and is it truly useful for young drivers, one needs to understand the history of young drivers on the UK roadways.

Through history, young drivers remain the most likely group of all age groups to be involved in an accident. The primary reason for this is the lack of experience this group has driving on the road. Their defensive driving skills are not up to par, due to the lack of situations they have encountered while driving.

Additionally, this group is more likely to take immature risks without first contemplating the possible consequences. Statistically speaking, the group is most likely to be involved in an accident before the two year anniversary of their first driving experience has passed. The boys are at greater risk when comparing the sexes.

According to AA figures, the following facts are associated with young UK drivers:

  • 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.
  • Young drivers are much more likely to be in an accident if they are driving at night than an older driver.
  • One in every five drivers is going to be involved in a car crash within the first year after they begin driving.
  • 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.
  • Male drivers under the age of 21 are 10 times more likely to be in a car accident than male drivers of older age.

To the majority, those stats are surprising. It becomes more and more apparent as one digs further into driving statistics that young drivers really suffer in the amount of accidents they are involved in due to inexperience. Second, the immaturity of their decisions shines through as well.

Due to the impossibility of changing the age of those within the group, a scheme was developed with intentions of helping somehow. Hence, the Pass Plus Scheme came into existence. With the help of insurers and the driving instruction industry, the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) developed the scheme.

The program involves a standard set of instructions given by an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI). There are a total of six different modules a driver can train by, all with a goal of ultimately putting a safer driver on the road. The scheme is for anyone and is not limited to young drivers. However, the majority of those who engage in the scheme are young drivers.

The Pass Plus Scheme consists of six modules about driving in different conditions. They are:

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

The plan is to put safer drivers on the road, thus cutting down on the number of accidents which take place. The initial step is locating an ADI to teach the training class. Cost is calculated by the length of time it takes to complete the training in addition to the fee of the instructor. There is a possibility of financial assistance and can be discovered by contacting the ADI. A certificate is received by the driver when all six of the training modules are complete. A popular question is whether the Pass Plus Scheme is informative and if it is truly worth the time and effort. This can be answered after understanding what the results of the training will bring. The cost is asked about more than anything. It is only fair at this point to compare the cost of the training to the cost of car insurance premiums. The fact remains – young drivers are at the highest risk of being involved in an accident. Thus, they are the most expensive group of drivers to insure. An insurance company will take the fact that they completed the training as a sign they will show more care and responsibility behind the wheel. This should be reflected in the car insurance quote. The training should also result in a better chance the young driver will avoid expensive car repairs due to an accident which they will possibly not be involved in.

The training is conducted by those who are most familiar with the type of accidents that young people find themselves in. This will result in a lower chance the young drivers will end up in a young driver type accident. It is impossible to find the statistics of how many accidents are avoided due to the training because such data is simply not available. A parent making the choice to put their young driver in such training is a direct indication they are concerned with the safety of not only the driver themselves, but also anyone who rides in the car with them. The Pass Plus Scheme when considered in those terms is a scheme which really cannot be valued. To say the scheme is priceless is to say the training is worth a young driver not being involved in an accident and all the difficulties which accompany it.