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COURSE CODE & TITLE COCR 1037: Defensive Driving (Theory)
LEVEL: One (1)



The Defensive driving training Course is a highly interactive course with the goal of providing drivers with practical knowledge and techniques to avoid collisions and violations.  This one-credit theory course is adapted from the Defensive Driving Course offered by the National Safety Council of the USA, which seeks to introduce students to those skills required by a defensive driver, the common hazards in the driving environment, the dangers of impaired driving and the most common driving errors. More importantly, the course is intended to help students recognise that defensive driving is a matter of personal choice.

The course helps drivers choose safe, responsible and lawful driving behaviours. The course comprises eight modules.  It represents the first of two courses intended to reduce vehicular collisions and road fatalities. While this first course is largely theoretical, supported by simulations, the second course exposes students to practice on the road. This course therefore does not require students to own a vehicle with the requisite insurance coverage.  In this course students will be assessed by a combination of multiple choice questions, case-based scenarios and a presentation on the impact of impaired driving on the community.



Young people under the age of 25 are the main victims of road traffic crashes worldwide. More young people aged between 15-29 die from road crashes than from HIV/AIDs, Malaria, Tuberculosis or homicide. This means that road crashes are a serious threat to youth no matter where they are. Road traffic crashes are the leading cause of death among young people between 10 and 24 years, according to a new report published by WHO. The report, Youth and Road Safety, says that nearly 400 000 young people under the age of 25 are killed in road traffic crashes every year. Millions more are injured or disabled.  The course will highlight for young drivers the fact that there are consequences to their driving behaviour and will provide tools for making positive choices.


General Objectives

The course will offer practical strategies to reduce collision-related injuries, fatalities and costs associated with your motor vehicle. 

  1. At the end of this Course, students will be able to:
  2. 1. Identify safe and accident free driving techniques.
  3. Use protection techniques and strategies to avoid road rage and speeding.
  4. Use safe driving techniques in bad weather and adverse conditions.
  5. Identify critical safety issues and emergency actions in given case scenarios.
  6. Identify those behaviours on the road which are in keeping with being responsible citizens and ensuring that other road users are respected and protected.
  7. Apply the laws governing operating motor vehicles in Trinidad and Tobago when driving.
  8. Identify basic occupant protection systems in vehicles. 


Assessment & Evaluation

Multiple Choice questions       (60%)   
Two case-based scenarios       (20%)     
Group presentation                  (20%)         



This Course has no assignments


Topic of Unit Objectives

Session 1: The Road Safety Issue        
Session 2: Defensive Driving and You
Session 3: Six Fatal Driver Errors         
Session 4: Occupant Protection Systems in your vehicle
Session 5: Traffic Law                                                
Session 6: Vehicle Maintenance
Session 7: The effects of Impaired Driving      
Session 8: Review 



Name of Instructors:

Mr. Eric Kipps



Mr. David Charles

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