Drivers aged between 17 and 21 make up 10% of all licence holders but are involved in 20% of all injury accidents.
A young male driver is 7 times more likely to be involved in a fatal road accident than a middle aged man.
Every year 1000 people die in road accidents involving a young driver.
It's not just the younger novice who is at risk. Older people who take the driving test later in life are at a much higher risk than those who have driven for some years.
Research by the Transport Research Laboratory shows that a lack of driving experience, not immaturity, is the main factor. Many life skills are learned by trial and error. Where the consequences of error may be catastrophic it is necessary to find another approach.
There is no substitute for experience, but good professional training can accelerate the acquisition of skills and knowledge by the new driver.
PASS PLUS offers new drivers professional instruction and supervision in circumstances where they will have had little experience, and at the time when they are most vulnerable.
Its primary aim is to develop the attitudes and skills that are essential for safe driving.
WHAT IS PASS - PLUS?
The course should help new drivers to appreciate the satisfaction to be gained from driving well.It comprises of a 6 module training syllabus designed by the DSA to accelerate the aquisition of driving experience and thus improve the safety of new drivers. At the end of the course you are awarded a certificate to produce to a participating insurance company in order to receive a discount on your premium. The certificate can only be used on your own policy. You can do a PASS PLUS course at any time after becoming a FULL LICENCE HOLDER though check with your insurance company to see if they will honour the discount that it normally gains.
MODULE 1 - Part 1 INTRODUCTION, Part 2 TOWN DRIVING.
MODULE 2 - ALL WEATHER DRIVING.
MODULE 3 - OUT OF TOWN DRIVING AND RURAL ROADS.
MODULE 4 - NIGHT DRIVING.
MODULE 5 - DUAL CARRIAGEWAY DRIVING.
MODULE 6 - MOTORWAY DRIVING.
Modules will not all take the same amount of time to cover, and of course some may have to be covered in theory only (driving in snow etc). The whole course however, must consist of a minimum of six hours tuition, five of which must be practical in-car tuition.
There is no test at the end of the course - this means that it's your instructors responsibility to ensure that you reach a satisfactory standard. As well as the obvious benefits of improving your driving to reduce your chances of an accident, as mentioned, PASS PLUS offers the financial incentive of discount on your car insurance with participating insurance companies. The amount saved will usually recoup the amount spent on the course. A list of participating insurance companies is available from us.
PASS-PLUS WITH BOWKER DRIVING TUITION
We have structured a PASS PLUS course that we feel will enable us to cover the syllabus thoroughly.
In line with our commitment to ensure thorough tuition, we feel that despite the location of Aberystwyth in relation to any dual-carriageways and motorways, it is essential to have practical experience on these types of roads with the obvious benefit of an instructor at your side. The full course therefore takes between eight and nine hours to allow for travelling to and from the nearest dual-carriageway and motorway.
The price of the full course is only £200, which I'm sure you'll agree would be money well spent for the experience alone, let alone the fact that the money can be recouped once you receive your certificate and start your first insurance policy.
Do you qualify for £75 Discount?? update... currently suspended but see the 'Pass Plus Cymru' link for a cheaper way to further your driving education and reduce your car insurance premium!
Ceredigion County Council are offering this subsidy as an incentive to do a Pass-Plus course (which must be with a Pass-Plus registered DSA Approved Driving Instructor) in order to help reduce road accidents involving new drivers.
You are eligible as long as you can answer yes to the conditions below.
Are you aged less than 26 years old?
Are you permanently resident in Ceredigion?
Have you passed your practical driving test in the last 12 months?
Will you allow the council to store your details to maybe contact you regarding Road Safety issues?