So you’ve passed your test and you’re ready to hit the Essex roads. The first two years after you’ve passed are your most dangerous time on the road; driving well takes experience as well as learning. So, give yourself a helping hand with extra tuition.
“I’ve never had a ding. Some of that’s down to luck but I class myself as a decent driver. When I was 17 I took an advanced driver’s test because it brought down the insurance. If you tell them you’re a young footballer insurance goes through the roof. In fact it costs more than the car,” says England footballer Peter Crouch.
Designed for new drivers by the DSA. In six practical modules you’ll go on dual carriageways, motorways, get experience of night driving, all-weather driving, driving on country roads and in town. There’s no test at the end of the course but your instructor assesses you on each section. At the end, you’ll receive a certificate.
Besides increasing your confidence and skills, completing a Pass Plus scheme can with some insurers, reduce the cost of your car insurance premium. The course costs around £150, but can save you as much as 40% in some cases.
You need an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) who is registered with the DSA as a Pass Plus instructor. Ask your driving instructor, or check the Pass Plus website.
For £25 you can have a one-hour driving assessment from the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), which will help you drive more safely. The IAM is famous for its Advanced Driving Test, which you take after a three- to five-month long Skill for Life driving course (cost £139). Well worth doing and is recognised by some insurers who offer discounts.