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Improve your driving skills, build self-confidence and learn new skills with a defensive driving course. Defensive driving can help you deal with potentially difficult situations on the road, through a combination of practical driving skills to take better control of your car.

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What’s included in a defensive driving course?           

During a defensive driving course, you’ll cover a range of on-road safety skills that will see you walk away as a better driver.

In most courses you drive in your own car, so you’ll learn to get the best out your vehicle and work on essentials like avoiding or removing bad habits. Courses typically combine in-depth tuition and practical training from experienced instructors. You’ll get plenty of time at the wheel putting what you’ve learned in to practice.

Drivers of all ages will benefit, as all defensive driving courses teach skills to avoid accidents and offer education about risks associated with driving. Benefits for young drivers include improvement of their on-road defensive driving skills and techniques. More experienced drivers can benefit from working on reactions and judgements, as well as correcting bad habits.

Other exercises include correct braking techniques, education around stopping distances, skid control, reaction times and speed, and basic vehicle dynamics.

Sessions taking place in the classroom can include elements such as the 12 Golden Rules of Defensive Driving, the importance of tyre condition, road laws (including any new introductions), personal security while driving and road rage. The exact content of courses can vary and there are courses suitable for L-Platers, P-Platers, Corporate Fleet and Court Order drivers. Please check the specific product description ahead of booking for full details.

Tea and coffee is usually supplied, but do check if you need to bring your own lunch or other food to eat during the day.

How long does a defensive driving course take?

Defensive driving courses tend to last the full day. Exact times may vary depending on the location, but a typical arrival time might be 8am for an 8.15am start and a 4pm finish.

How much does a defensive driving course cost?       

The cost of a defensive driving course may vary depending on location, what’s included, as well as the experience provider. 

Where to take defensive driving course?

You can book defensive driving courses at locations Australia-wide here at Adrenaline. Take your pick from options including Sydney Eastern Creek or Quakers Hill, Melbourne Sandown, Brisbane Mt Cotton or Lakeside, Adelaide International Raceway.

One of our best-sellers is Defensive Driving Course Level 1, full day, at Mount Cotton in Brisbane. This is perfect for beginners through to more experienced drivers of regular passenger vehicles, including 4WDs and light commercial vehicles. The practical and theoretical mix of this advanced driver training session will help you brush up on-road safety skills that are the foundation of proactive driving. 

The Level 1 course at Sandown Raceway in Melbourne is another of our top sellers, offering the same blend of theoretical and practical elements for drivers based in Victoria.  

Of course, Sydney drivers aren’t left out. Options include the full day Level 1 course at Quakers Hill, as well as sessions at Eastern Creek.

What are some good tips for young and inexperienced drivers?

Getting behind the wheel of a vehicle for the first time can be daunting, even for the most confident of people.

The most practical advice would be to prepare your vehicle for maximum personal comfort, calm your nerves and don’t overthink the event, stay on familiar roads for the first time, drive with an instructor that you fully trust and avoid major highways and freeways.

Beginner drivers may find their confidence improves with a defensive driving course and some options are open to learner drivers.

Once you’ve achieved P-plate status, an Adrenaline defensive driving course will provide the best skills for remaining assertive, responsive and in complete control of your safety and vehicle in any situation.

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