Principles of Defensive Driving: See, Decide, Act!

Defensive driving is the critical awareness skill drivers need to reduce the risk of accidents, injuries and even fatalities on the road.

Our advanced curriculum goes beyond abstract lessons to immerse drivers in realistic scenarios using a unique “See, Decide, Act” approach. To make the training even more impactful, it can be tailored to focus on specific skills or problem areas, and for any type of vehicle, from heavy-duty tractor trailers to light-duty passenger vehicles.

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Program Options

Driver Training

Your drivers will receive hands-on, tailored instruction from our expert trainers, who will deliver the Safe & Smart® Principles of Defensive Driving curriculum in the same vehicles your drivers use on the job.

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Trainer Certification

We’ll transform your internal staff into highly skilled trainers who can use our Safe & Smart® Principles of Defensive Driving curriculum to deliver driver training efficiently and cost-effectively.

Onsite Training at Your Location

Our veteran trainers will come to your location and use your choice of vehicles. You pick the date that works best, and we come to you!

We cover the topics and techniques to establish a proactive driver safety strategy. Using the key aspects of “See, Decide, Act” we believe any driver in any vehicle can improve their driving habits.

The curriculum focuses on the key aspects of see, decide and act by:
  • Identifying potential hazards
  • Reacting safely to avoid danger
  • Managing proper vehicle speed and space
  • Inspecting vehicles for safety issues
  • Preventing distracted driving
  • Preparing for extreme weather conditions
  • Maneuvering forward and backward safety
  • And more

Call to schedule your on-site training! 833-982-1236 

High Impact Training Methods

This program incorporates a comprehensive curriculum featuring the following training elements that your drivers will complete, or your in-house trainers will learn to deliver.

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Online Courses

Drivers will be enrolled in our high-impact online training programs, which include Visual Search, Distracted Driving, Speed and Space Management, Night Driving, Hazard Perception, and more.

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Classroom Instruction

Featuring interactive discussions, this phase of the program reviews the content of the online courses to ensure drivers have a solid understanding of key training topics.

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Range Training

Gives your drivers the opportunity to apply their training—including close-quarter maneuvering, backing, braking and more—in a safe, closed-course environment with individual coaching from our trainers.

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Vehicle Inspections

Your drivers will learn how to ensure their vehicle is operating safely by effectively conducting a thorough vehicle inspection on the types of vehicles they’ll be operating on the job.

Road Test
Road Test

Provides each of your drivers with one-on-one time with a trainer who will conduct a skills-based road test, including narrative driving, to assess their ability to properly operate the vehicle. 

Why Our Program is So Effective

Whether we train your drivers directly or we’re certifying your in-house trainers, we have a team of veteran instructors who are skilled at training in all types of vehicles. These instructors combine our proprietary program methods with adult learning techniques to ensure maximum retention. And all of this is tailored for the specific needs of your operationYou'll be assigned a trainer who we've certified as highly qualified in training on the specific type of vehicles your company operates.

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Assessing Your Needs

We’ll work with you to develop the most effective training program by evaluating your:

  • Driver performance data
  • Most common/serious crashes
  • Driver segments with the most crashes
  • Average cost per crash
  • Driver turnover rate
  • Vehicle types

With our tailored program, your employees will be trained to keep your trucks running safely and efficiently. That’s the Safe & Smart difference!

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Brandon Wooden

J. J. Keller Driver Training Manager


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