What is Pass Plus?

Learning to drive can be hard, but rewarding. Passing your test can make you feel like you are ready for the roads but there are often parts of driving that are not always covered during your lessons leading up to your test. These can include night driving or driving on motorways.

Pass Plus helps you develop your driving skills further and have you ready for every driving challenge you encounter.

Pass Plus training takes at least 6 hours. In normally has 6 modules which cover the following:

  1. Driving at night
  2. Driving on motorways including breakdown and general motorway safety
  3. Driving in all weather conditions
  4. Driving on rural roads
  5. Driving on dual carriageways
  6. Driving in town

The course is designed to teach new drivers additional skills and safer driving.  Drivers are able to apply for a Driver and Vehicle Standard Agency (DVSA) certificate once the Pass Plus course has been completed. This certificate will be required to present to your insurance company if you wish to apply for a discount on your car insurance. It is worth noting that not all insurance companies offer Pass Plus discounts so it is recommended to check.

The benefits of Pass Plus include the following:

  • Confidence & Experience – Increase your driving confidence and experience on all the areas that you didn’t get any or much focus on during your test.  This will help you gain an overall extra level of confidence for your driving ability.
  • No Pass or fail – Unlike the formal theory and practical tests you had to take so far, the Pass Plus course does not have a formal test at the end. The course is intended to simply make you a better driver

Using your own car during your driving test

When taking your driving test in the UK you do have the option to use your own car instead of your driving instructors car should you prefer. However, your car must meet the following rules:

  • The car must be insured (check with your insurance company to confirm you are permitted to use your car for a driving test)
  • The car must be taxed
  • Have a valid MOT and be roadworthy
  • Have roadworthy tyres with legal tread depth on each tyre
  • The car must have 4 tyres
  • The car must have “L” learner driver plates on the front and rear of the car (option to use ‘D’ plates in Wales)
  • The car must not be displaying any dashboard warning lights
  • The car must be able to reach a speed of at least 62mph and have a mph speedometer
  • The car must have an extra interior rear-view mirror that can be used by the examiner
  • The car must have seatbelts for the driver and all passengers
  • The MAM (Maximum Authorised Mass) of the car does not exceed 3500kg when it is loaded

You can use either a manual, automatic or semi-automatic car. However, it’s worth noting that if you decide to pass your test in an automatic car you will then only be licensed to drive an automatic car.

Below is a list of cars that cannot be used due to the restricted all-round viewing it provides for your examiner:

  • Toyota IQ
  • BWM Mini Convertible
  • Ford KA Convertible
  • Volkswagon Beetle Convertible

If you are planning on using a convertible for your test then it is advisable to call the DVSA to confirm your vehicle meets requirements.

Note – Your test will be cancelled and any paid fees lost if your car does not meet the rules above.

UK Driving Tips from BookingDirect.org.uk

If you are looking to drive a car in the UK here are the tips you must know:

  • Car drivers and front seat passengers must wear a seat belt unless they hold a medical exemption certificate.
  • Any passengers in the rear of the car must also wear a seat belt if fitted.
  • An exception to wearing seatbelt is when the driver is reversing the car
  • In the UK you have to drive on the left hand side of the road
  • The minimum age to drive a car in the UK is 17 (16 for some people claiming Mobility Benefit).
  • Third party insurance is a minimum form of insurance required
  • Using a hand held mobile phone while driving is illegal
  • Any children aged 3-12 years old and under the height of 135cms in height in the vehicle must be in the correct child restraint.
  • Drivers must use their headlights or front and rear fog lights when visibility is reduced to around less than 100m
  • Drivers must use their headlights at night on lit motorways and roads with a speed limit in excess of 30 mph.
  • Drivers must not have more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood when driving.
  • Speed limits in the UK are as follows:
    • Up to 30mph in built up areas unless otherwise indicated on a road sign.
    • Up to 60mph outside of built up areas
    • Up to 70pmh on motorways and dual-carriageways
  • Familiarise yourself with UK parking signs and markings to avoid fines.
  • Although not mandatory it is advised you travel with a reflective jacket in the event of a breakdown, first aid kit, tools to replace a flat tyre and a warning triangle.
  • Obey the Highway Code!

Errors to avoid during your driving test

The practical driving test is your last step before receiving your full driving licence. It is therefore important you are aware of the mistakes that you could make that may prevent you from passing.

To pass your driving test you must have no serious or dangerous faults, and no more than 15 driving faults during the test.

These are the common areas that most drivers fail on:

  • Lack of Steering Control. Always keep both hands on the wheel when possible.
  • Breaking the Speed Limit.  Ensure you stay within the speed limit. Do not be influenced by other drivers if they are driving faster and breaking the speed limit. Be aware of the speed limit at all times.
  • Driving too closely to the car in front. Always keep sufficient room in between you and the car in front. This provides adequate time to brake.
  • Not checking your mirrors. Remember that you must always check both your rear mirror and side mirrors at regular times to ensure you are aware of other vehicles and hazards.
  • Not paying attention. It can be easy to be distracted by various elements when driving. These can include your mobile phone, other passengers, places of attraction or even your car stereo.
  • Lane Changing. Take extra care when changing lanes. Check your blind spot. If you change lanes you much signal with your indicator.
  • Allow the police, ambulances and fire brigades to pass safely and legally. Continue to drive until you find a place to safely pull out of the way.
  • Rolling stops. A common mistake made by drivers is not coming to an actual stop at Stop signs. Slowing down and then allowing your car to roll. You must ensure your car comes to a stop and does not roll over the line.
  • Parallel Parking can be a difficult task. The main task is not to hit any other cars or to drive onto the curb.
  • Not understanding road signs. Be confident on the Highway Code. Misinterpreting a road sign can be dangerous.

Booking your theory test

Booking your theory test could not be easier!

Passing your driving theory test can be an overwhelming bundle of stress and worry.

Booking Direct have made the task of booking and passing your theory test simple and easy.  Our online website provides you with a single destination for booking and all your necessary training materials.

As part of our experienced offering we provide all our customers who book through us with the following:

Full Highway Code: Studying the Highway Code is essential to passing your theory test.  Booking through us entitles you to our comprehensive listing of the Highway Code that you will need to know and understand in order to pass your test.  We provide 24/7 access to training material and downloadable documents that you can then use to revise in your own time.

Official Videos: Access to our official videos and training materials which have been carefully designed to be intuitive and easy to follow to help you pass your test. The videos help you visualize and aid the learning and revision process.

Frequently Asked Questions:  Our FAQ page contains answers to all the questions you may have.  If there is something you don’t understand or want more information on then we will help you.

The tips and tricks to pass your theory test.

We provide a range of tips and tricks that will help you pass your test. We have a number of years of experience so know exactly what it takes to pass the test. We help provide experienced advice, tips and guidance.

Practice questions

We provide access to official theory test revision questions to help you practice and gain confidence before you sit the real exam.

The benefit of using Booking Direct to book your theory test is that we offer the added advantage of booking the test on your behalf at your nearest exam center. We provide a pass promise guarantee so you are assured you will not have to spend any more on booking fees.

In the event you need to book a theory test as soon as possible we even have access to the cancellation finder system so can help you book your test in at short notice.

What is the theory test?

What exactly is the theory test?

The legal requirement within the UK to gain a full driving license requires you to first pass 2 separate tests; the first test is the theory test, which has to be passed prior to booking your final practical driving test.

The theory test is conducted in a dedicated theory test center local to you, under exam conditions and is built up of two parts.

Theory Test – First Part – The Questionnaire

A questionnaire, styled as a test paper is the first test you will be given. The test paper will require you to answer a series of questions on a computer provided with a maximum of 50 marks. The minimum pass mark is 43. 

The questions cover the following topics:

•safety and your vehicle

•alertness

•hazard awareness

•road conditions and vehicle handling

•motorway driving

•vehicle loading

•rules of the road and traffic signs

•essential documents

•vulnerable road users

•incidents, accidents and emergencies

•other types of vehicle

Theory Test – Second Part – The Hazard Perception Test

The second and final part to your theory test is the hazard perception test. There are a maximum of 75 marks up for grabs for this test. In order to pass this section you will need to gain a minimum score of 44.  The test consists of you carefully watching a series of 14 video clips in the perspective of a car driver and clicking the mouse when you feel you see a potential hazard. The purpose of the hazard perception test is to check for your alertness and concentration on the road.

Be warned that you cannot beat the system just by clicking over and over again. Clicking too early, just clicking continuously or in a pattern during each clip will score you nothing. You also will not be able to review your answers or make any changes at the end so our advice is click carefully!

To score points you need to click the mouse each time you see a potential hazard start to develop and each time something changes to show that hazard developing further.

Booking Direct have made preparing for the tests described above as easy as possible. The team recognize the importance and need for preparing way in advance of your test.
All the necessary Highway Code, theory test and videos are available as part of the booking service.

We also offer videos to help support you passing your hazard perception test.

Helpful Tips to Pass Your Driving Theory Test

Each year thousands of people embark on the challenging process to obtain a full UK drivers license. Being able to drive can help improve your lifestyle as it brings with it more independence and can also lead to new job opportunities.

The first test you need to pass is the driving theory test which consists of two different parts. The first section has 50 multiple choice questions. You must answer 43 out of 50 questions correctly to pass the test. The test is made up of questions from The Highway Code; you’ll need to do more revision to learn all the topics and give yourself the best chance of passing, which is why we recommend booking with www.bookingdirect.org.uk where you’ll receive free online training and Pass Protect Guarantee.

The second part of the test is called the Hazard Perception Test. This consists of 14 video clips that feature everyday driving situations that contain at least one ‘developing hazard’ with one of the clips featuring 2 developing hazards. In this test you will get points for spotting the developing hazards as soon as it starts to happen.  You can score up to 5 points for each developing hazard. Higher points are scored, the sooner you identify the hazard starting to develop. The pass mark is 44 marks out of a possible 75. With www.bookingdirect.org.uk the free online training package allows you to see how the DVSA hazard perception test works.

Both tests are computer based and you have 57 minutes in which to complete the test. The test can be taken at a number of authorised locations so you’ll be sure to find one near to you.

After passing the theory tests you will then be able to book your driving test.

The current first attempt pass rate for the theory test is less than 50% so it pays to invest in preparing for your theory driving test. This guide will provide some useful tips on how to increase your chances of successfully passing first time.

1. Revision

Unlike other tests you may have taken in the past, resist the temptation to memorise the answers. Instead invest time to understanding what the road signs mean and visualise what you would do in that situation when driving on the road. It also helps if you are taking practical driving lessons at the same time as revising for your theory test to help reinforce your learning.

2. Invest time in taking practice tests

There are many books and online training available that can help you prepare for your theory test. We recommend you use the online training package with www.bookingdirect.org.uk which uses the exact format as the DVSA  theory test so you are familiar with the layout. The practice tests also provide instant details of the correct answer so you get continuous feedback. It allows you to get as much practice as required building confidence for the real test.

3. Don’t rush!

It can be tempting to rush and book your theory test to get this out of the way so you are one step closer to becoming a driver. With www.bookingdirect.org.uk you can apply to book your test and you’ll receive the online training package automatically at the same time so you can start practicing for your test immediately right up until you take your test.

The Complete Guide to Driving Theory Test

A candidate seeking a driver’s license must pass the theory test first to be eligible to book the practical test. While the test does seem intimidating and challenging, it can be passed easily if you prepare well. Using the online training package with www.bookingdirect.org.uk will give you a better chance of passing first time. The following facts will give you a clear idea of what the theory test involves and thus enabling you to prepare strategically.

Test Details

The theory test consists of two parts. The first is a multiple choice section which consists of 50 questions. A candidate must get 43 out of 50 answers correct to pass. The second test is a hazard perception section where a series of 14 film clips will be played, 13 clips contain one hazard each and 1 clip contains two hazards, each shown from a driver’s point of view. You’ll need to spot the developing hazard in each film, for example, a car pulling in to the side of the road ahead of you is a developing hazard because you’ll need to slow down and manoeuvre around it.  Each correctly marked hazard is worth up to 5 marks. The pass mark is 44 marks out of a possible 75.

Booking an Appointment

There are many approved booking centres across the UK where tests can be taken. You can book online; with www.bookingdirect.org.uk you can apply to book your test and you’ll receive the online training package automatically at the same time so you can start practicing for your test immediately right up until you take your test.

When the candidate passes the driving theory test, you can then book the practical test.

Practice makes Perfect

A great score can be achieved with the proper preparations especially when using the mock tests with www.bookingdirect.org.uk online training package. Their unique software has a ‘readiness indicator’ that lets you know when you are ready to take your test and pass. Don’t throw away money taking the test when you’re not ready. Study and Practice online to see your strengths and weaknesses and know when you’re ready to pass the Official DVSA Theory Test.