National Safety Council

4/6/8 Defensive Driving Hour Courses

(Traffic Tickets, DMV/Court Ordered, DL Suspension, Employee Mandated)

Course time: 4 or 6/8 Hours.

National Safety Council is the premier provider of defensive driver training in the nation. In addition to nationally recognized courses, American First Responder offers a number of state-certified programs that align with specific state regulations.

NSC’s state programs are trusted by more traffic safety courts, motor vehicle departments, municipalities, businesses, government agencies and driving schools nationwide for providing consistent, quality course materials and instructors.

This course would benefit drivers that have DMV Holds, Suspensions and Tickets in the following states:

  • Alaska
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Massachusetts
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • Wyoming
  • Arizona
  • Georgia
  • Indiana
  • Michigan
  • New Jersey
  • Ohio
  • Connecticut
  • Hawaii
  • Maryland
  • Nevada
  • New York
  • Texas
These National Safety Council Defensive Driving Courses are not recognized by the California Department of Motor Vehicles as traffic school and are not considered point reduction courses for the states of California. They may or may not be recognized by some California insurance companies for premium discounts. Please check with your individual insurance provider for information.

One short class can equal long-term savings. Upon completion of one of our state-certified courses, you will receive an official NSC Defensive Driving Certificate and may be eligible for insurance discounts or point reduction off your driving record. Check with your insurance agent and state DMV for your state’s regulations.

As the course provider for state programs, NSC will assist you in getting the training and documentation necessary to meet your state’s requirements.

Defensive Driving Course Outline:

Session 1: It’s All about Choices

  • Explain what it means to be a defensive driver.
  • Define reasonable action and preventable collision.
  • Determine your driving profile.
  • List the three basic steps in the Defensive Driving Course Collision Prevention Formula
  • Explain the ‘What if?’ strategy.

Session 2: Ready for the Road

  • List the factors that you can control before you start to drive, including your own physical and emotional/mental conditions, as well as vehicle maintenance.
  • Describe the varying physical, emotional and mental conditions of other drivers on the road.
  • Explain how to be alert and defensive when sharing the road with these drivers.
  • Explain how to drive defensively in conditions beyond your control—such as light, weather, road conditions and traffic mix.

Session 3: Don’t Add Insult to Injury

  • Describe the characteristics of impaired, distracted, fatigued and aggressive drivers.
  • Identify actions you can take when you experience or encounter these characteristics on the road.
  • Employ techniques to manage your emotions and behavior while driving.

Session 4: Success on the Road

  • List the six most unsafe driving behaviors.
  • Describe the hazards involved with each of the unsafe driving behaviors.
  • List alternatives to speeding.
  • Explain how to safely approach and proceed through intersections.
  • Explain how to make safe and legal turns.
  • Explain the steps needed to complete a safe pass.
  • Determine a safe following distance.

Session 5: Collision Proofing

  • Apply the Defensive Driving Course Collision Prevention Formula.
  • Explain the ‘What If?’ strategy.
  • Recognize the hazards in collision scenarios.
  • Identify standard road signs colors and shapes.
  • Identify reasonable steps that might have prevented real-life collisions.

Session 6: Driving For Life

  • List the ten habits of defensive driving.
  • Identify personal behaviors and decisions you will make in future driving situations to avoid collisions and violations


Same Day Defensive Driving Certificates! 

**During Registration Please Enter Affected Driver License Number**

      **Check with your state DMW for certification requirements or call us at 800-573-0106.**



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