Course Outline

Session #1: The Automobile

Road Safety Issues

  • Pre driving habits, maintenance
  • Major and minor controls, instruments

Insurance

  • Why you need insurance
  • Parts of a typical policy
  • Factors affecting premiums

Session #2: The Highway Traffic Act

Driving Laws & Rules

  • Fundamental traffic rules
  • Common sense vs. legal
  • Misunderstood laws

Intersections

  • Managing right-of-way
  • Stop signs, yield signs, signal lights, and turns

Session #3: Urban and Rural Driving

Urban Traffic Rules

  • Streetcars, U-turns, crosswalks, parking, emergency vehicles
  • Pedestrians and animals

Freeway ManagementTrip Planning

  • Country roads, preparing for long trips
  • The dangers of traveling alone

Session #4: Risk Management

Calculating Risk

  • The causes of risky driving
  • The problems with making cars and roads safer

Managing Space

  • Adjusting space around the car to reduce the risk

Attitudes and Driving

  • How driver attitudes contribute to risky behaviour

Session #5: Collision Survival System

Perception & Reaction

  • Developing your total awareness
  • How to use the vision sense effectively

Defensive Driving

  • The five keys to defensive driving
  • Developing a system to completely avoid collisions

Session #6: Adverse Conditions

Adverse Conditions

  • Visual impediments and night driving
  • Winter driving and dealing with weather

Traction

  • The factors affecting traction
  • Dealing with loss of traction in skids
  • Emergency braking, Anti-lock Braking Systems

Session #7: Impairment & Distractions

Impairment/Behaviours

  • Drinking and driving and the law
  • Society's role in reducing alcohol related deaths
  • The effect of alcohol on the body
  • Drugs and their effects
  • Stress and road rage

Distractions

  • The dangers of multitasking
  • Wireless phone use in the car

Session #8: Your Driver's Licence

Communicating Effectively

  • Habits
  • Attitudes
  • Basic and advanced requirements
  • The major reasons for failure

The Demerit Point System

Accident Scene: Law and Procedure