Defensive Driving Course

Very popular course.
May be used as an educational seminar or function speaker for large groups.
Duration: 1 day

Main Aim
Defensive driving is learning the art of preventing collisions before they happen to you. It gives you the peace of mind to travel our dangerous roads everyday, in the full confidence that you are prepared, are a safer driver and therefore making sure that YOU, AND YOUR FAMILY or CO-WORKERS get to where where you want to be IN ONE PIECE.

What do you spend on production loss, insurance claims or general fuel and maintenance costs, per year?

Course Contents

1. Definition of Defensive Driving

2. Method and Formula to Prevent Collisions
    a. 3 steps to avoid a collision.

3. Vehicle Check (simple but detailed)
    a. Reasons for doing vehicle check.
    b. Exterior check.
    c. Interior vehicle check.
    d. Gauges.
    e. Electrical.

4. Following Distance
    a. Reasons for a safe following distance.
    b. How to calculate the following distance. 
    c. Reaction time.
    d. Reaction distance.

5. Stopped Distance
    a. Reasons for a safe stopped distance.
    b. How to calculate the stopped distance.

6. System of Vehicle Control
    a. Course.
        i: Route planning.
        ii: Selecting the correct road, taking into account the time of day, week, month & year.
        iii: Selecting the correct lane.
        iv: Selecting the best position in the lane.
    b. Mirrors.
        i. Purposes of mirror checks.
        ii. Timing of mirror checks.
        iii. When to check the mirrors.
    c. Blind spot checks.
        i. Why a blind spot check must be done.
        ii. How to check the blind spot.
        iii. When to check a blind spot.
    d. Indicators
        i. Legal requirements
        ii. Timing of indicators
        iii. Indicating at Y junctions
        iv. Indicating at traffic circles
    e. Brakes
        i. Brake failure
        ii. Importance of braking early
        iii. Braking on descents
    f. Gears
        i. Importance of the correct gear
        ii. Use of gears when stopping
        iii. Using gears to assist brakes on steep descents
    g. Acceleration Techniques
        i. Fuel consumption
        ii. Correct revs
        h. Summary of the above

7. Dangers
    a. Definition of a dangers
    b. Main types of dangers

8. The Power of Road Observation
    a. What to look for.
    b. Where to look for dangers 
    c. Taking note of what you see
    d. Looking for clues
    e. Observation exercise 
    f. In class practical

9. Freeway Driving
    a. Six parts to a freeway
    b. Two dangers, on the ramp to the freeway
    c. Speed to enter the freeways
    d. Driving on a freeway
    e. Exiting a freeway

10. 5 Most Common Collisions and How to Prevent Them
     a. Vehicle ahead
     b. Vehicle behind
     c. Vehicle overtaking
     d. Vehicle oncoming
     e. At intersections

11. Practical driving along pre selected routes, under the supervision of the instructor.
     Evaluation, corrective training and debriefing of the student will be undertaken.

12. Test
     3 - 4 weeks after the completion of the full course, the candidate may undertake a
     practical driving test. If successful, a certificate is issued, for which most insurance
     companies will offer a discount. Should the candidate fail the 1st test, they have the
     opportunity to a retest at a later stage.

Points to take note of:
1. The candidate must provide their own vehicle or a vehicle they are familiar with.
2. The vehicle must comply with all legal requirements. (Road worthy.)
3. The candidate must be in possession of valid driver's license.
4. The candidate must be medically fit to drive a vehicle. 

NB: Do the course and the test and earn your certificate, which should be accepted by most insurance companies for rebate purposes - i.e: Get your money back!