The Defensive Driving Course Program
The Defensive Driving Course Program was developed to provide driver training to a variety of groups. The paved driving track presents a perfect location for the classes, and the adjacent building has space, restroom facilities, and storage space to accommodate the classroom operations.
Four-Hour Defensive Driving Course (DDC-4)
This popular four-hour course teaches the student the theories and techniques presented through materials developed by the National Safety Council. Attendees receive practical strategies to reduce collision, related injuries, fatalities, and costly repairs. The students are presented with situations in which they become part of an interactive conversation to discuss the best options for handling each situation. This course emphasizes the importance of attitude in crash prevention and reinforces good, sensible driving skills that participants already have. Most importantly, it clearly demonstrates the consequences of poor choices drivers make behind the wheel.
Eight-Hour Defensive Driving Course (DDC-8)
This course offered at the RMESTC consists of an eight-hour defensive driving course that begins at 8:00 a.m. and goes until 5:00 p.m. The first four hours are spent in the classroom — the curriculum is the same as that for the Four-Hour Defensive Driving Course. (A box lunch is provided at noon as part of the 8-hour course cost.) The afternoon session is spent in a “hands-on” atmosphere on the driving track. Students are able to test the skills they learned in the classroom firsthand. The students are divided into various groups where the instructors provide one-on-one instruction in basic driving skills as well as time in our Skidcar, where the students gain experience in controlling vehicles in icy conditions in a safe environment. Upon successful completion of the course, each student receives a National Safety Council certificate and/or a certificate from the RMESTC.
Who Can Take the Course?
Any licensed driver may take the course. It is open to governmental agencies, private business, groups, and individuals.
What Do the Defensive Driving Courses Cost?
The cost to attend the 4-hour course is $50.00 per person. The 8-hour course is $150.00 per person.
The instructors who teach the Defensive Driving Courses are some of the best in the business. All of the instructors come from law enforcement backgrounds, and many are veteran law enforcement driving instructors. In addition, all of them have been certified by the National Safety Council to teach the National Safety Council course. Law enforcement agencies and the National Safety Council are always at the forefront of the newest theories in defensive driving. As a result, our instructors have the knowledge available to them and are able to pass it on to you.
Defensive Driving Course Content
Many different topics are covered in the courses. Some of them include:
- Proper steering control
- Various braking techniques
- Skid avoidance, control, and recovery
- Parallel parking
- Emergency maneuvers
- Off-road recovery
- Accident avoidance
Advantages of Our Defensive Driving Course Over Others
The Defensive Driving Course Program at the RMESTC has many advantages. The biggest strength we offer is the availability to tailor the course to meet the needs of many different groups. Not all drivers have the same needs, and not all drivers use the same vehicles. We are able to modify the course to meet your specific needs, including utilizing your own vehicles in the course if you so desire. We are here to serve you! Other benefits realized by taking the course include increased feeling of control while on the road, a record of an attempt to control at risk management for businesses, as well as possible insurance premium reductions. Please check with your company, as not all insurance providers participate in insurance reductions from driver training classes, but many do!
One major advantage our program has is the training tool called SKID Car. The SKID Car is a passenger car that has been fitted with an outrigger wheel system that can remove or add pressure to any of the drive wheels. This makes the SKID Car very effective at safely teaching skid avoidance, control, and recovery.
For more information or any questions you may have, please call Pete Hartman at (406) 449-3473.