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Texas Defensive Driving Course for Younger Drivers

  • ​Courts can decrease recidivism and motor vehicle collisions by teaching young drivers to understand and avoid risks specific to their driving habits and social situations.

    Texas legislation requres a defendant younger than 25 convicted of a moving violation, during the deferral period, to complete a six-hour defensive driving course and possibly an additional live, four-hour defensive driving course designed for drivers younger than 25.

    The requirements for this course are based on the Alive at 25 course created by the National Safety Council.

    What Young Adults will Learn
     

    • Why drivers ages 15 to 24 often understimate risks
    • The effects of inexperience, peer pressure and distractions such as cell phones
    • The dangers of driving with your knees
    • State and local driving laws
    • Communication skills for assertiveness and being a young leader
    • Responsibility of passengers


    Course Description

     
    Alive at 25 is a highly effective four-hour course that complements standard driver education programs and is also ideal for young drivers who incur traffic violations. Through interactive media, workbook exercises, class discussions and role play, young drivers develop convictions and strategies that will keep them safe on the road.

    Course Benefits


    The third edition has a strong focus on decision-making skills. Practice and on-the-spot defensive driving techniques help change bravado into confidence. In addition to language that resonates with young adults, the course emphasizes classroom participation. Teens are encouraged to join in non-threatening, non-judgmental discussions exploring how changing driving behavior makes personal, legal and financial sense. 

    • Long-term Goal: Help save lives and equip young adults to drive more defensively
    • Class size: Most effective when limited to 20 participants
    • Format: DVD and VHS in English and Spanish


    Alive at 25 has been adopted by more states, high schools and courts for graduated licensing and traffic violator programs than any other driver training program for young adults.

Contact Information

For more information on the Texas Young Driver Safety Program, call (800) 688-7458 or email texas@nsc.org.

NSC Defensive Driving Course Quality Statement

NSC is committed to providing effective, relevant, up-to-date driver improvement programs that help motorists drive safely, courteously and defensively. The goal is to prevent collisions and violations, and to reduce fatalities, injuries and costs to society.

  • ​Session 1: Are You a Potential Statistic?

    Course Length: 65 minutes

    • Get acquainted
    • Driver Statistics video introduces collision and fatality statistics
    • Examine why young drivers have high violation rates and how behaviors and attitudes contribute
    • Peer pressure, distractions, inexperience and underestimating risk cause driving hazards


    Session 2: Recognize the Hazard

    Course Length: 65 minutes

    • Identify two types of driving hazards
    • Seven Deadly Drives video explores hazards drivers most often create
    • Three driving hazards participants don't cause and what to do in these situations
    • Identify the hazards in the video, Recognize the Hazards

     

  • ​Session 3: Understand the Defense

    Course Length: 60 minutes

    • Discuss the issue of control
    • Introduce situations in which young drivers appear to have no control
    • Explain how participants can take control in these situations
    • Two Friends video emphasizes the consequences of poor driving choices

     

    Session 4: Act Correctly, in Time

    Course Length: 50 minutes

    • Discuss "Taking Positive Action
    • Improv Jam video shows young people making positive driving decisions
    • Practice making positive driving decisions through role-play
    • Don't Drive Stupid video fosters a commitment to change driving behavior

     

National Safety Council Mission

The National Safety Council eliminates preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy.

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