Newly qualified drivers are more likely to have accidents, simply because they are less experienced. Twenty percent of new drivers will be involved in an accident during their first two years behind the wheel, that’s why insurance premiums are so high. Research shows that accident liability is reduced by nearly half after two years of driving experience. Pass Plus is a scheme designed to help new drivers gain valuable experience to develop skills and techniques, improve anticipation and awareness, learn how to reduce the risk of accidents, and maintain a courteous and considerate attitude on the road. Pass Plus pupils undergo a series of six modules of at least one hour each.
Drivers who complete the course can be offered substantial discounts on their insurance premiums. This is usually a free one year’s no claims bonus which can amount to a 30 percent saving – more than the cost of taking the course. Many local authorities are offering financial help to people wishing to take a Pass Plus course, with discounts of up to 50 percent off the full tuition costs.
Go to passplus.org.uk/sponsor to see if your local authority is listed.