Defensive Driving Theory Course Outline
The following is a brief summary of the various topics covered by all
of our Full Defensive Driver Training Courses (classroom theory
Introduction & Basics
This section covers many common misconceptions regarding everyday
traffic situations and driving in general. After completing this
introductory section, students should know all pertinent information
regarding acquiring a learner’s licensce, as well as the basic framework
for the Smith System of Defensive Driving.
Road Signs, Lines and Traffic Controls
An explanation of shapes and colors of road signs along with a
discussion of each particular sign and a short video presentation to
familiarize students with the different sign catagories. Also discussed
are the consequences of failing to obey specific road signs.
A discussion about seat-belts, child seats, airbags and other safety features which, when used consistently save lives.
The Smith System
The Smith System is the industry standard in defensive driver training
systems. It consists of the “Five Keys to Space Cushion Driving.” This
program covers improving driver perception to create safer drivers,
keeping space around your vehicle (no more ‘traffic roulette’,) what
good driving practices are, creating good seeing habits and improving
Hazard Recognition, Perception and Management:
Students learn to identify hazards and discuss ways to manage them so that they are no longer hazards to them on the road.
Discussed are merging and merge lanes, rights of way, uncontrolled
intersections, pedestrian hazards, buses, parking, signalling, traffic
congestion, traffic tempo, one-way streets and traffic patterns.
Additionally, many other dangers of city driving are investigated and
discussed by the students.
Driving with Fuel Efficiency:
In the interests of environmental awareness, a discussion regarding
methods of driving economically and areas in which students can improve
their efficiency as it relates to their tires, brakes, fuel and wearable
The effects of drinking and drugs on a driver’s abilities, reaction
times and decision-making abilities and the responsibilities of drivers
as road-users. Included is a frank, open discussion and videos about
these serious topics. Also discovered are the ways that things like
stress, anger and fatigue can impair driving ability.
Lecture and Discussion on collision avoidance techniques and the skills
necessary to avoid putting yourself into a position where you are in
danger of a collision. Students learn to be Pro-active in their driving
and to practice the See-Think- Do methods which keep them out of trouble
in the first place.
Students discover how their attitudes towards driving develop through
outside influences such as peer pressure, advertising, etc and discuss
ways to have a better driving attitude.
Adverse Driving Conditions
Weather, road conditions, night driving and other situations are
discussed and students learn ways to drive more safely and effectively
in them. We also discuss ways to deal with emergency situations as they
occur during driving.
Freeway and Highway Driving
Methods for safe entry and exit onto freeways and highways are discussed. The use of HOV lanes are covered in this segment.
Being prepared and feeling confident for the government road-test. We
cover all of the requirements to being successful the first time.
This is only a brief overview of a few of the life-saving concepts that we teach in our Defensive Driver Training programs.