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Defensive Driving

Defensive Driving is driving to save lives, time and money in spite of the conditions around you and the actions of others.

Our Defensive Driving Class (DDC) always covers the following 8 sessions and is certified by the National Safety Council. We also customize our program around a company's specific need. What type of accident/incident are the most frequent with your drivers? (i.e. lane changing, right or left turns, backing?) This is a one day DDC averaging 6 to 8 hours.

The goal of this course is to teach defensive driving skills that will enable you to avoid collisions and violations.

Sessions

Session 1 - Defensive Driving Strategies
After completion of this session, you will be able to:

  • Define defensive driving
  • Identify and define preventable collisions
  • Identify the three factors that contribute to collisions
  • State and explain how to use the DDC collision prevention formula

Session 2 - Professional Drivers Characteristics
After completion of this session, you will be able to:

  • Identify attributes and desirable characteristics of a professional truck driver
  • Identify how these characteristics could be demonstrated by a driver
  • Identify the benefits of wearing safety belts and sleeper berth restraints
  • Describe physical and mental driver conditions necessary for collision-free driving.

Session 3 - Driving Large Vehicles
After completion of this session, you will be able to:

  • Perform pre-trip, in-route, and post-trip truck inspections
  • Identify location of blind spots
  • Explain effects of freight and load on turning
  • Use safe and proper following distances in all conditions
  • Identify and calculate stopping distance for your specific vehicle at various speeds
  • Explain the effects of freight and load on stopping distance

Session 4 - Lane Management
After completion of this session, you will be able to:

  • Explain the steps in completing a safe pass
  • Identify ways of creating safe driving space and managing lane usage
  • Explain the four steps in avoiding a head-on collision and maintaining vehicle control
  • Proper set up regulation emergency warning devices

Session 5 - Driving Conditions
After completion of this session, you will be able to:

  • List the driving conditions beyond the control of the driver
  • Identify the three main hazards associated with these uncontrollable conditions
  • Explain defensive driving practices for reduced or limited visibility, traction and space driving conditions

Session 6 - Backing
After completion of this session, you will be able to:

  • Identify hazardous backing situations
  • Identify hazards specific to your vehicle in backing situations
  • List maneuvers to avoid backing
  • List the five steps to use to back safely

Session 7 - Road Rage
After completion of this session, you will be able to:

  • Identify who are aggressive drivers
  • Identify what causes aggressive driving
  • Identify types of attacks
  • How motorists can protect themselves
  • Why it's crazy out there
  • Identify what makes us mad

Session 8 - Accident Procedures and Reporting
After completion of this session, you will be able to:

  • Stop immediately and stay calm
  • Prevent another accident from happening
  • Help the injured
  • Notify law enforcement
  • Document the accident
  • Report to your company
  • Complete a preliminary accident report form

All students will take a final evaluation exam to test their mental awareness and skills (60 minutes in length).

Handouts given to participants to keep for future reference and records

  • DDC - Professional Truck Driver Workbook
  • Accident Procedure
  • Certificate of Achievement

Please call or email Dave Pfiffner, Transportation Institute, for the following information.
Phone: 515-965-7450 or 800-353-7483.

  • Location of classes, your place or ours
  • Class size and cost
  • Scheduling classes
  • Questions, comments, concerns