Take the NSC Defensive Driving Course and, if eligible, save money on your auto insurance rates.
State Farm® and the National Safety Council are working together to help improve your driving skills by offering the NSC Defensive Driving Course. These classes provide a refresher course in the driving laws in your state and teach you strategies that may help you avoid collisions and traffic violations. You can take the course online at your own pace or in a classroom setting. Once successfully completed, a certificate must be presented to your State Farm agent.
A highly interactive and engaging 4-hour online program that focuses on hazard recognition and collision avoidance techniques. The course addresses common driving violations that result in collisions and how to change driving habits to eliminate moving violations.
The course is presented in six sessions:
It's All About Choices: Determine your personal driving profile, driving attitudes and behaviors
Ready for the Road: Various conditions – controllable and uncontrollable – affect your driving; learn defensive driving techniques to compensate for those situations, as well as vehicle maintenance and occupant protection
Don't Add Insult to Injury: This session covers impaired, distracted, fatigued and aggressive driving, and managing your emotions while driving
Success on the Road: Learn six of the most unsafe driving behaviors, plus practice hazard recognition, driving scenarios and how to apply safe driving techniques
Collision Prevention: Real-life driving reenactments illustrate the steps to preventing collisions; you'll also learn to identify road sign shapes
Drive for Life: Develop defensive driving habits and recognize personal accountability for your driving behaviors and decisions
Like the online program, the NSC 8-hour classroom defensive driving course focuses on hazard recognition, collision avoidance and how to drive defensively in unpredictable conditions. This highly interactive instructor-led course includes a defensive driving self assessment risk survey, and participants will learn why choosing safe, responsible and lawful driving behaviors makes personal and financial sense.
The classroom course features:
Videos with real-life driver simulations, hazard recognition and vehicle maintenance checkpoints
Interpersonal activities, case studies and small-group discussions
Defensive Driving Self-Assessment Risk Survey, which allows participants to evaluate their own attitudes and behaviors when they are driving
Critical discussions on distracted driving and the dangers of cell phone use
Instructor multimedia presentation with animated graphics, traffic simulations and embedded video
Frequently Asked Questions
Who and what is National Safety Council (NSC)?
The nation's leading safety advocate for more than 100 years, the National Safety Council is a nonprofit organization with the mission of eliminating preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by engaging businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public to help prevent death and injuries. Visit us at www.nsc.org to learn more about NSC and our life saving mission.
How do I get my completion certificate after taking the course?
Once you've completed your online course, you can print your certificate immediately. If you take the course at an NSC Training Center, your instructor will give you a certificate after you've successfully completed the classroom course.
How much does the Defensive Driving Course cost?
The online program is $24.95, with 20% of the proceeds going towards NSC life-saving initiatives, including opioid misuse, teen driving, distracted driving and many others. Classroom courses do cost more. Cost varies based on what the training center chooses to charge. Please contact your training center directly.
How long does it take to complete the course?
The online course takes about 4 hours to complete (6 hours in New York). The classroom courses run 4, 6 or 8 hours in length, depending on your state. Contact your local training center to learn about course duration and cost.
You may be eligible for a discount for taking a defensive driving course if you meet all of the following criteria:
Are the principal driver of the vehicle, and
Have voluntarily taken and completed an approved Driving Safety Course within the last three years.
A certificate must be presented to State Farm showing the course was successfully completed.