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The Maine Driving Dynamics course is a driver improvement course that is aimed to improve a student's defensive driving awareness and abilities. National Safety Council’s online course is approved by the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety under this program. A student who completes the course will receive a three-point credit on their driving record. If you’ve been required by the State of Maine to take a Driver Improvement Program, this is the course for you.

Our highly interactive four-hour online course includes discussion of collision avoidance techniques, safety issues, driver habits and attitudes, and the basic elements that constantly challenge drivers on Maine's highways. Our goal is to save lives, prevent injuries, and reduce vehicle-related crashes.

Note: If you are a Maine driver and your license is suspended, you may not drive until you receive written notice from the Office of the Secretary of State that your license or privilege to operate has been restored.

  • State and Court Approved
  • 100% online so you work at your own pace and convenience
  • Full motion video and speed sensing technology
Course PreviewDefensive Driving Course $50.00 No Hidden Fees Purchase Course

The National Safety Council Defensive Driving Course (DDC) Online is the most effective online driver safety training available and brings the time-tested content and acclaimed videos from our flagship DDC classroom course into a convenient web-based format.

The National Safety Council is a nonprofit established in 1913 and chartered by the U.S. Congress with the mission of saving lives and preventing injuries on our roads, in our homes, at work, and in our communities.

This course delivers leading-edge content by presenting real-life driving situations and motivating drivers to change their behind-the-wheel behaviors and attitudes. Through instructional advancements, computer-generated animation and adaptive interactivity, participants analyze real driving situations, spot driving hazards and identify/execute the correct defenses. The convenient bookmark feature offers the ability to log in and out of the course as often as you like to accommodate your schedule and to work at your own pace anywhere there is a computer with internet.


Upon successful completion of the Defensive Driving Course the student will be able to print a personalized Certificate of Completion from the National Safety Council for their own use.

Please note: Certificates will not be accepted by the Bureau of Highway Safety and completion of the course does not qualify you for insurance reduction.


Can I take the defensive driving course for an insurance discount and/or ticket dismissal?
Successful completion of the course reduces your driving record point total by three (3).

How often can I take the course for point reduction?
The course may be taken for point reduction only once every 365 days.

How long do I have to complete the course?
The course expires after ninety (90) days of purchase, though it is your responsibility to meet any requirements by the State of Maine for completion.


For questions about our defensive driving courses, please contact us.


Session 1: It’s All About Choices
  • Explain what it means to be a defensive driver.
  • Define reasonable action and preventable collision.
  • Determine your driving profile.
  • List the three basic steps in the Defensive Driving Course Collision Prevention Formula
  • Explain the ‘What if?’ strategy.
Session 2: Ready For The Road
  • List the factors that you can control before you start to drive, including your own physical and emotional/mental conditions, as well as vehicle maintenance.
  • Describe the varying physical, emotional and mental conditions of other drivers on the road.
  • Explain how to be alert and defensive when sharing the road with these drivers.
  • Explain how to drive defensively in conditions beyond your control—such as light, weather, road conditions and traffic mix.
Session 3: Don’t Add Insult To Injury
  • Describe the characteristics of impaired, distracted, fatigued and aggressive drivers.
  • Identify actions you can take when you experience or encounter these characteristics on the road.
  • Employ techniques to manage your emotions and behavior while driving.
Session 4: Success On The Road
  • 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 5: Collision Proofing
  • Apply the Defensive Driving Course Collision Prevention Formula.
  • Explain the ‘What If?’ strategy.
  • Recognize the hazards in collision scenarios.
  • Identify standard road signs colors and shapes.
  • Identify reasonable steps that might have prevented real-life collisions.
Session 6: Driving For Life
  • List the ten habits of defensive driving.
  • Identify personal behaviors and decisions you will make in future driving situations to avoid collisions and violations.
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