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Defensive Driver Training

Thousands of drivers in Australia have attended a Performance Driving Australia Defensive Driving Course. These programs are educational, safe and fun. Defensive Driver training is delivered by a team of professional and qualified instructors who provide a safe and friendly learning environment.

Performance Driving Australia clients include many government departments, large corporations, mining companies and small businesses who want to make a positive step towards reducing road trauma.


Defensive driver training provides both theory and practical components that will enhance the knowledge, skills and confidence of each driver so they can stay safe on the road.


Theory is presented in a format that encourages the group to interact with the trainer and each other, sharing experiences and stories. This engages the participants and is our preferred technique over traditional PowerPoint style class room sessions. Most learners fear classroom environments so we moved away from powerpoint and text books and have found this new approach to be well received.

Practical training is delivered in safe and controlled environments that allow drivers to explore how they and their vehicle will respond in a range of emergency situations. Emergency braking is a key element of these activities with opportunity to see how speed effects the reaction time and response of a vehicle when faced with an emergency.

Every driver that completes a Defensive Driving program will be able to safely stop their vehicle in the shortest distance possible – allowing them the best chance to survive if faced with a threat from a hazard or another vehicle.

Risk taking is often a result of poor knowledge and/or a lack of understanding. Drivers with little or no formal training will often demonstrate bad habits like using mobile devices, tail gating, speeding or overtaking unnecessarily. This program will give your drivers the chance to develop real life experiences so they can make better decisions. This course will also provide instruction on how to respond correctly if they find themselves in a predicament.

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Program breakdown

Theory session

The theory session is delivered in a format that encourages engagement from all participants. Contact us to discuss the option of having the theory delivered online prior to the course.

A written assessment is completed during the theory session.

  • Task Planning and Preparation

  • Driver attitude and Behaviour

  • Vehicle systems

  • Road and Site rules

  • Risk Identification and Management

  • Vehicle checks and safety

  • Low Risk Driving Techniques

  • Advanced Driving Techniques

  • Common Causes of Motor Vehicle Crashes

  • Operational considerations

  • Tyre changing

Outside activities

 Vehicle Inspection – Drivers are shown how to complete a vehicle inspection to check for serviceability and safety.

*Optional add on – hands-on tyre changing activity

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 Practical session

  • Practical exercises are designed to encourage safe driving by demonstrating the effect of speed when negotiating an emergency and the importance of correct car control techniques.

  • Practical components are flexible and are adjusted to meet drivers’ experience levels and vehicle types and includes discussion on all modern safety systems including ABS, ESC and active driving aids.

  • Emergency braking in a straight line conducted at various speeds

  • Collision avoidance at various speeds

All training participants receive a certificate of completion electronically.


Defensive Driver Training will encourage your drivers to me more alert, aware and reduce risk taking behaviours.


Did you know – In the last 10 years – over 3000 drivers have been killed in Australia in company/work cars?


Driver training along with safe procedures and vehicle selection are key to keeping you safe on public roads.


Defensive driver training programs are delivered at our purpose built facilities Australia wide by experienced, qualified and friendly driver trainers.

Our driver trainers are passionate about driving and road safety and will work closely with each course participant to make sure they gain the most from the driver training experience. You can read more about our team here.


Performance Driving Australia driving programs are focused on hands on training working closely with your team to deliver real, tangible outcomes that create safer, more knowledgeable drivers.


If you or your team are on the road for work, a young driver just starting out or an experienced driver looking to gain additional experience – the Performance Driving Australia Defensive Driver Training program will assist you in becoming safer and help you enjoy your driving.

Programs can be delivered to suit a wide range of vehicles, environments and can include driving on gravel roads if required.

Our defensive driver training programs can include the following qualifications (RTO Competency and Compliance #41060)

  • RIIVEH201 – Operate Light Vehicle

The Performance Driving Australia – Defensive Driving program will provide you with extensive knowledge in a friendly classroom environment followed by practical training in handling an emergency stop and hazard avoidance, all in a safe and controlled environment.

Performance Driving Australia Defensive Driving Courses help fulfil employers requirements outlined in WHS regulations for companies who have employees on the road.


Attending a Defensive Driver Training Course could save your life – Contact us today!



Valuable Resources

Planning Safe Work Related Driving – Worksafe Victoria

Vehicles as a workplace – Worksafe Queensland

Also visit our resource library for more documents and useful information on road safety here