Defensive Driving Attitudes

Earn your Defensive Driving Attitudes certificate upon successful completion of this course


Driving attitudes directly affect risk tolerance in corporate and other drivers. Stress, personal factors and issues and other driver actions all play a role. This course teaches drivers to understand and self-manage these forces to maintain clear and objective decision-making skills while driving and avoid impulsive, disrespectful, retaliatory or other actions that increase driving risk or attract complaints. The probability of incident or accident is significantly reduced when drivers reduce speed, observe highway laws and rules and demonstrate courtesy to other road users as a result of this training.

This is Thinking Driver’s flagship Driver Attitudes Course that focusses on Driver Attitude by educating employees on the personal factors that influence risk tolerance. As drivers understand their own psychology and “hot buttons” then learn how to self-manage emotion, they are able reduce risk tolerance even in stressful driving situations or when provoked by other drivers. This results in reduced incident rates (up to 90% reduction) as proven by many Thinking Driver course users*.

The media rich course is completely updated for 2020 and engages learners through a variety of interactive on-screen activities including quizzes, click to discover facts, video, audio commentary and much more. The user interface is intuitive and easy to use. Employees love this course because unlike so many others, it’s interesting, entertaining and informative while holding their attention.

This course was developed by internationally recognized road safety, driver psychology and training expert, Thinking Driver Founder, Spencer McDonald.

*Source: Technical Safety BC (90% reduction in at-fault accidents between 2011 and 2015 using Thinking Driver training courses)


This course will explain how the Five Fundamentals of Defensive Driving can reduce risk and prevent vehicle incidents.

Pet Peeves

  • Explores situations and the actions of other drivers that may cause irritation or changes in decision making as well as an increase in risk-taking behaviour
  • Encourages a more tolerant outlook toward other drivers


  • How stress affects drivers mentally, emotionally, and physically to promote risk taking behaviour
  • What drivers can do to reduce or manage stress and their reaction to it


  • Anger is the most dangerous emotion when mixed with driving
  • Understand two kinds of anger that can result in reactionary or risk taking driving actions
  • Simple and effective anger management tools that can be used while driving
  • How to avoid personal confrontations and road rage incidents

Aggressive Driving

  • Understanding the nature of aggressive driving
  • How anyone can turn into an aggressive driver if stressed or provoked
  • How to reduce risky driving actions which could cause incidents
  • Reducing vehicle abuse, fuel, and repair costs

Emotional IQ

  • How willingness to take responsibility for resolving even bad situations in a positive way can reduce stress and empower drivers
  • How unrealistic expectations of others leads to disappointment, stress, and escalated risk tolerance

This course is invaluable for everyone who drives as part of their job and faces stress or pressure.


Average Completion Time

Completion times vary depending on the number of times the information is viewed prior to finishing the course. The average completion time is 90 minutes.


Knowledge Assessment

Testing is conducted in this online course to reinforce the information presented. You are provided three opportunities to achieve a passing mark of 80% or greater.


Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of this course, a certificate will be available to download and print. You can access your certificate through your online account.