The National Safety Council Defensive Driving Course 8/6 is a specially designed course that guides us towards acquiring the skills and knowledge we need to be a defensive driver. It makes us realize that defensive driving is a matter of personal choice, identify common hazards in the driving environment and react to prevent collisions. It describes the dangers of impaired driving and helps us avoid the six most common driving errors.

Session I: It’s All about Choices
The first session of the DDC 8/6 helps us to:

  • List the three basic steps in the DDC Collision Prevention Formula.
  • Define the term Defensive Driving and explain what it means to be a defensive driver.
  • Define the term Preventable Collision.
  • Explain the “What If?” strategy.

Session II: Ready for the Road
After completing this session we should be able to:

  • List the factors we can control before we start to drive.
  • Describe the varying physical, emotional and mental conditions of the drivers on the road and explain how to be alert and defensive when sharing the road with them.
  • Explain how to drive defensively in conditions beyond our control.

Session III: Don’t Add Insult to Injury
This session helps us to:

  • Describe the characteristics of an impaired driver, a fatigued driver and an aggressive driver.
  • Identify actions we can take when we experience or encounter these characteristics on the road.
  • Employ techniques to manage your own emotions and behaviors while driving.

Session IV: Success on the Road
After completing this session we should be able to:

  • 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 V: Collision Proofing
This session enables us to:

  • Restate and explain the DDC Collision Prevention Formula.
  • Restate and explain the “What If?” strategy.
  • Recognize the hazards in collision descriptions.
  • Identify the standard road sign colors and shapes.
  • Identify reasonable steps that might have prevented real-life collisions.

Session VI: Driving for Life
This last session helps us to:

  • List the ten habits of defensive driving.
  • Identify personal behaviors and decisions we will make in future driving situations to avoid collisions and violations.
  • Successfully complete the course exam.