Defensive Driving Fundamentals

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


This award winning internationally recognized Thinking Driver defensive driving program features Thinking Driver’s proprietary 5 Fundamentals of Defensive Driving: Think and Look Ahead, Anticipate Hazards, Keep Your Options Open, Manage the Risk and Control With Finesse. These core defensive driving concepts developed and fine tuned to a clear focused driver safety system by Thinking Driver founder and internationally recognized driver training expert Spencer McDonald form the foundation skill sets required to drive incident free for a lifetime. Using this program has resulted in up to 90% reductions in incident rates*

The media rich course engages learners through a variety of interactive on-screen activities including quizzes, click to discover facts, video, audio commentary and much more. This is the premier defensive driving eLearning program and is all new for 2020 with updated content to include information on avoiding Distracted Driving, Impaired Driving including Cannabis, Driver Fatigue, updated video 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.

Developed in consultation with law enforcement, occupational health and safety professionals eLearning specialists and world class driver trainers, this is your first choice for an employee defensive driving course. *Source: Technical Safety BC (90% reduction in at-fault accidents between 2011 and 2015 using Thinking Driver training courses)


The Five Fundamentals of Defensive Driving

Think and Look Ahead

  • Understanding and applying advanced observation and recognition skills
  • Eye lead time
  • Scanning techniques
  • Situational awareness

Anticipate Hazards

  • Identifying hazards
  • Recognizing potential hazards before they become critical
  • Predicting other traffic movements and planning responses in advance

Keep Your Options Open

  • Space cushion driving
  • Establishing and maintaining a safe following distance
  • Optimum spacing at stops and intersections
  • Freeway and highway space risk management

Manage the Risk

  • How to make good decisions to minimize risk in common driving situations
  • Identifying safe speeds
  • How to take proactive steps to reduce risk in critical situations

Control with Finesse

  • Maintaining vehicle balance and stability
  • How to develop superior steering, braking, and accelerator control
  • Correct use of anti-lock brakes


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.