Defensive Driver Training

Over 1200 people die on our roads every year in Australia.

When was the last time you brushed up on your skills behind the wheel?


Defensive Driver Training is suitable for all drivers.
Defensive Driver Training is suitable for all drivers.

PDA Defensive Driver Training – knowledge, skills and confidence to stay safe on the road.

One day Defensive Driving program is ideal for people who are on the road for work, young drivers just starting out or those who want to gain valuable life saving skills.

The Defensive Driving course will provide you with extensive knowledge and the opportunity to practice emergency braking and hazard avoidance all in a safe environment.

Performance Driving Australia Defensive Driving Courses help fulfill employers requirements outlined in WHS regulations for companies who have employees on the road.

Attending a Performance Driving Australia – Defensive Driver Training Course will help you avoid a crash – and could save your life!

Defensive Driver Training helps create a low-risk driving behaviour – keeping you and your passengers safe.


Over 40 drivers attended one of our recent Defensive Driving programs at Sydney Dragway
Over 40 drivers attended one of our recent Defensive Driving programs at Sydney Dragway

Our multimedia presentation stimulates group discussions and provides drivers with an opportunity to fully understand and appreciate the many aspects of safe driving.

Some of the key topics included in the presentation are –

  • Trip planning and management
  • Human Factors – Fatigue management / Risk taking behaviors
  • Vehicle safety systems
  • Defensive driving techniques
  • Advanced driving techniques
  • What to do in an emergency
  • Emergency braking from various speeds
  • Hazard avoidance
  • Correct seating position and steering techniques
  • Understanding ABS and ESP systems

Defensive driver training courses are available Australia wide at our approved venues or on-site. They can be catered specifically for normal city driving, country driving or gravel roads.


Defensive driver training courses encourage safe driving behaviors.


Suitable for drivers of all experience levels and all vehicle types training is delivered in the vehicle you drive everyday. Simulators and skid-cars are not representative of real life situations and are not used on any courses.

Performance Driving Australia can include additional content or modify programs to suit your specific requirements, driving environment or existing policy and procedures.


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PDA Defensive Driver Training Course – 1 DAY

Performance Driving Australia Defensive Driving Courses are designed to create low-risk drivers.

An Interactive and educational multi-media presentation followed by practical driving exercises provides participants with the required knowledge and skills to become safer when behind the wheel.

The program includes a range of content including –

  • Risk management
  • Hazard avoidance
  • Drug / Alcohol / Fatigue
  • Attitude and behavior
  • Vehicle systems and safety
  • The effects of speed
  • Defensive driving techniques
  • Emergency car control

If your drivers operate on gravel roads – check out our Gravel Driving Course.


Don't get wet feet - and learn to 4WD with Performance Driving Australia
Don’t get wet feet – and learn to 4WD with Performance Driving Australia

PDA 4WD Training Course

If your employees operate 4WD vehicles on gravel roads or off road this course will provide the required knowledge and skills to keep them safe and avoid unnecessary accidents and incidents.

This course is ideal for drivers operating on mine-sites and organisations servicing rural areas.

The PDA 4WD Training Course can be held over 1 or 2 days depending on the required content and experience level of each participant. The course can also include the defensive program above or be entirely based on the 4WD operations if required.

  • Trip planning and management
  • Vehicle limitations
  • Operating dual range gearboxes
  • Stall start and stop procedures
  • Water/Creek crossings
  • Negotiating various terrain
  • Basic recovery techniques

Trailer towing courses with Performance Driving Australia.
Trailer towing courses with Performance Driving Australia.

Trailer Towing Course

Towing a trailer can be dangerous and drivers should be provided with training to assist them in staying safe when towing.

Trailer towing courses are available Australia wide. Courses include everything from hitching to de-hitching including reversing and emergency braking with trailers. If your organisation operates trailers contact us.


On-Road Training / Coaching / Assessments

Making sure your drivers are operating safely is a priority for any organisation large or small. If you operate a fleet of vehicles and would like to encourage safe driving – Performance Driving Australia can come to your workplace and deliver a road safety presentation followed by on road training/coaching or assessments.

On road sessions are usually done on a 1:1 basis and provide valuable feedback on each driver’s performance. This is a great alternative to a full day program and can assist all drivers in becoming safer.

Contact us for more information on this service.


Nationally Recognised Driver Training

PDA are partnered with Billabong Training Services (RTO #32128) to provide nationally recognised statements of attainment for selected units. If your organisation requires any of the following units please contact us.

  • RIIVEH201D – Operate Light Vehicle
  • RIIVEH305D – Operate and maintain a four wheel drive vehicle
  • PMASUP236B – Operate vehicles in the field

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