The Safety Council of Greater St. Louis

NSC Defensive Driving Course


No Hidden Fees

  • Available 24/7
  • Progress is bookmarked and saved
  • Free Printable Certificate Available Immediately Upon Completion
  • Note: This online defensive driving course is not intended nor approved for motor vehicle point reduction or ticket dismissal programs. If you intend to take this course for traffic court, you must verify with the traffic court probation officer before you enroll that they will accept the certificate for the NSC Online Defensive Driving Course.

Defensive Driving Course Topics

Driver Safety Affects Everyone

  • Identify your personal driving behaviors and tendencies
  • Recognize that every behavior is a choice
  • Define risky driving behaviors
  • Explain how to drive defensively in conditions beyond your control

Driving Defensively

  • Define defensive driving and collision prevention
  • Identify defensive driving techniques
  • Use the 'What-if' strategy to recognize and avoid hazards
  • Identify the risks associated with driving without seat belts or proper restraints
  • Identify how to effectively use vehicle safety systems

Speeding and Distractions

  • Recognize the risks of speeding and following too closely
  • Employ the 3-second and 3-second+ following distance rules
  • Define aggressive driving and road rage
  • Identify driving distractions
  • Recognize risks of distracted driving

Impaired Driving

  • Identify risks of substance impairment
  • Identify risks of drowsy driving
  • Choose safe, responsible, and respectful behaviors to avoid impaired or drowsy driving
  • Choose appropriate driving behaviors for different driving situations
  • Explain the proper procedure for navigating multi-lane roads

Managing Driving Risks

  • Identify risks associated with improper turns
  • Explain the proper procedures for passing and overtaking another vehicle
  • Identify risks associated with driving left-of-center
  • Describe right-of-way violations and safe intersection strategies
  • Identify roadway maintenance and construction hazards
  • Use techniques for trains and railway grade crossings

Safely Sharing the Road

  • Identify other vehicles you will encounter on the road and techniques for dealing with them
  • Recognize the challenges drivers of larger vehicles face
  • Explain proper techniques for dealing with pedestrians pedal cyclists, and animals

The 3 Stages of a Collision

  • Identify the steps to conduct pre-trip inspections
  • The importance of proper vehicle maintenance
  • Describe steps for addressing different types of immediate danger you may encounter
  • Determine if a collision was preventable in different driving situations

10 Habits of Defensive Driving

  • The Six Deadly Choices
  • The importance of choosing the right behaviors
  • Your driving plan

The Online Defensive Driving Course Experience

  • Register today and get immediate access
  • Train in your own place at your own pace
  • Print your certificate immediately upon completion
  • Company Discounts Available - For corporations interested in purchasing for multiple users with a personalized site, tracking and administration, please contact the Safety Council of Greater St. Louis at (314) 621-9200 or by email at