Be a safer driver in Michigan with the National Safety Council Defensive Driving Course

Congratulations! The National Safety Council’s Defensive Driving Course has been approved by the Michigan Department of State. Complete the Michigan Basic Driver Improvement Course and eliminate up to 3 points on your Michigan driving record.

Michigan Basic Driver Improvement Course: Purchase this course if you have received a letter from the Michigan Secretary of State. Students must complete the course by the deadline stated in your letter. will automatically notify the State of Michigan of your successful completion and the points will not be reported.

Click on Purchase course (on the right) to purchase the Michigan State Approved course for point reduction. If you do NOT have a citation, please click here to be redirected to the general version of the NSC Defensive Driving Course
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About the Course

Defensive driving is easier and more economical because the National Safety Council and have developed an updated online defensive driving course based on proven content from the prestigious National Safety Council. Since 1964 more than 68 million drivers have learned to protect themselves and their families with courses featuring the most comprehensive, in-depth driver training curriculum based on the instructor-led courses from the NSC. If you are interested in NSC classroom training please click here.

The National Safety Council Defensive Driving Course uses state-of-the-art animation, sound and graphics in an engaging, interactive learning environment where students analyze real driving situations, spot driving hazards and identify and execute the correct defenses. The defensive driving course covers strategies and tactics to reduce the chance of collisions, how drugs, alcohol, distractions, emotions, fatigue and conditions affect driving decisions, the physical forces involved in a collision, the importance of occupant safety devices like seat belts and child seats and how to use them correctly. The convenient bookmark feature offers the ability to log in and out of the course as often as you like to accommodate your schedule. The goal of the defensive driving course is to train drivers in collision prevention techniques while promoting an attitude of mutual understanding, courtesy and cooperation on the road. The National Safety Council, founded in 1913, is the most trusted and respected safety education provider in the world.

Certificate Process will electronically communicate your Michigan Basic Driver Improvement Course completion information to the Michigan Secretary of State. You will have the opportunity to purchase an official National Safety Council watermarked Certificate of Completion which can be mailed to you within two business days for your records. Please check with your insurance provider to see if the Michigan Basic Driver Improvement Course qualifies you for a reduction of your insurance premium.

Course Outline:

Introduction and Pre Test

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 your 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 hazards in collision scenarios.
  • Identify standard road sign colors and shapes.
  • Identify reasonable steps that might have prevented real-life collisions.
Session 6: Driving for Life, you will learn how to:
  • List the ten habits of defensive driving.
  • Identify personal behaviors and decisions that you will make in future driving situations to avoid collisions and violations.
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