Defensive Driving – NSC 6/8 Hour

Prerequisites: This course shall have no formal pre-requisite.

Course Length: 6-8 hours – Total course time includes breaks

Class Size: The maximum number of delegates that may be trained and tested per instructor shall be twenty-four (24) in the classroom session.

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Course Objective

  • To provide delegates with knowledge on collision prevention through hazard recognition and the application of collision-avoidance techniques.
  • To motivate delegates to change their behind- the-wheel behaviors and attitudes.
  • Delegates will learn how to recognize both potential and immediate hazards, how to avoid collisions in a variety of driving conditions and situations, and how to choose safe driving behaviors.
  • Delegates will learn coping techniques for dealing with speeding, distracted driving, impaired driving, and hazardous traffic conditions and more.
  • To provide delegates with an understanding of best practices to prevent injury and death while driving a motor vehicle.

Course Design

  • Power Point© / Lecture / Audio Video / Visual Aids
  • Demonstrations
  • Optional Ride Along Driver Evaluation

Successful Course Completion

  • Requires a minimum score of 75% or better.
  • Grades shall be calculated by dividing the number of questions answered correctly by the total number of exam questions.
  • Delegates will have no more than thirty (30) minutes to complete the exam.
  • Successful completion of practical session is mandatory.

Course Content Summary

  • Classroom
  • Optional Ride Along Driver Evaluation

Breaks: 10 minutes (approximately every hour)

Lunch: 1 Hour (if applicable)

Course Outline
Session 1 – It’s All About Choices

  • Course Introduction
  • Session Introduction
  • Activity – Get Personal
  • Session 1 Video: It Happened to Me
  • Collision Prevention Formula: RUA Defensive Driver?
  • Activity – How do You Drive?
  • “What If?” Strategy

Session 2 – Ready for the Road

  • Session Introduction
  • Group Discussion: Who’s on the Road?
    • Age
    • Mobility
    • Hearing
    • Vision
    • Illness or Use of Medication
    • Fatigue or Drowsiness
  • Group Discussion: Emotional/Mental Conditions and Actions of Other Drivers
  • Session 2 Video: Ready for the Road
  • Video Debrief
  • Session 2 Video: 3 Stages of Impact
  • Video Debrief
  • Conditions You Can’t Control

Session3 – Don’t Add Insult to Injury

  • Session Introduction
  • Activity – Impaired Driving
  • Session 3 Video: Don’t Add Insult to Injury: Impaired Driving
  • Video Debrief
  • Session 3 Video: Don’t Add Insult to Injury: Distracted Driving
  • Video Debrief
  • Session 3 Video: Don’t Add Insult to Injury: Sleep and Fatigue
  • Video Debrief
  • Session 3 Video: Don’t Add Insult to Injury: Aggressive

Session 4 – Success on the Road

  • Session Introduction
  • Session 4 Video: Drive to Survive
  • The Six Most Unsafe Driving Behaviors (Introduction)
    • Improper Speed
    • Violating Right of Way
    • Driving Left of Center
    • Turning Improperly
    • Passing Improperly
    • Following too Closely

Session 5 – Collision Proofing

  • Session Introduction
  • Review: DDC Collision Prevention Formula and the “What If?” Strategy
  • Session 5 Video Activity: Recognize the Hazard
  • Activity: Road Sign Colors and Shapes
  • Discussion: Collision Prevention

Session 6 –Driving for Life

  • Session Introduction
  • Session 6 Video: Drive Like Your Life Depends On It
  • Video Debrief
  • Important Points to Consider About Driving
  • Group Discussion: Transporting Treasures
  • Activity: What Are You Willing to Do?
  • Course Exam

Practical Session
Ride Along/Driver Evaluations are not offered through the National Safety Council, but are offered by M&A Safety Services as a service, upon request.
The driver evaluation will evaluate the driver’s ability to:

  • Wear Safety Belts
  • Scan Effectively
    • Scans well ahead
    • Reacts early enough to respond to potential hazards
    • Not surprised by double parked cars, light changes, etc.
  • Adjust Speed to Conditions
  • Use Horn and Signals
  • Maintain a Cushion of Safety
    • Keeps an adequate following distance-on open road
    • Follows proper techniques and distances when passing
    • Keeps an adequate following distance-in congested areas
    • Keeps an adequate following distance-with a tailgater
    • Avoids following oversized vehicles
    • Avoids driving in other drivers’ blind spots
    • Is aware of own blind spot
  • Position the Vehicle
    • Changes lanes when necessary
    • Moves within the lane to avoid potential hazards
    • Tries to avoid hazardous situations
    • Safely parks the vehicle using recommended approaches and backing
  • Use Mirrors Effectively
    • Properly adjust mirrors
    • Checks mirrors frequently
    • Moves in seat to improve sight angle
  • Not Rely Solely on Eye Contact
    • Covers the brake in addition to making eye contact
    • Handles jaywalkers properly
  • Handle Intersections Correctly
    • Is not surprised by light changes
    • Checks traffic in all directions before entering intersection
    • Leaves space in front when stopping in traffic
    • Keeps wheels straight while waiting to turn left
    • When in left lane, lags back to allow for off-tracking
    • Follows correct procedures for right-turn-on-red
  • Cover the Brakes

Delegate Requirements

  • None

Reference Material / Documents
National Safety Council DDC 8/6 Driver Safety Training Course Guide

  • Course ID #: MA020


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