Defensive Driving

Please refer to the current Continuing Education Schedule of Classes for upcoming dates and times.

Defensive Driving Course-4 (DDC-4), a four-hour course, is a fast-paced driver improvement program that makes an ideal refresher course. In just half a day, DDC-4 offers practical strategies to reduce collision-related injuries, fatalities, and costs. It addresses the importance of attitude in preventing crashes, and reinforces the good driving skills students already have. Most importantly, DDC-4 shows students the consequences of the choices they make behind the wheel.

Course Content

Rules, Regulations, and Responsibility

  • Benefits of driving defensively
  • The “triple crash”
  • Child safety seats
  • Air bags and safety belts
  • Drugs and their effects on driving

Driving Conditions

  • The three-second rule
  • Controlling a skid
  • Driving environment
  • Anti-lock brake system
  • Proper vehicle maintenance
  • Fatigue

Unsafe Driving Behaviors

  • “Sinister six”
  • Speeding and speed limits
  • Right-of-way
  • Passing tips
  • Avoiding a head-on crash
  • Tailgating

Aggressive Driving vs. Road Rage

  • Developing the “safe attitude”
  • Dealing with aggressive drivers
  • Reducing stress and aggression