Defensive Driving Course Melbourne or DDCM has been providing courses for drivers who need to complete Magistrates’ Court order ruling for over 10 years in Melbourne. Our courses are the number 1 requested by legal representation and by the Magistrates’ Courts for issues relating to the Criminal Justice Diversion program and all other careless driving matters that have been ruled from the Magistrates’ Court in Melbourne.
We are specialist-driving instructors and assessors for this field (holding certification in Driving Instruction and Training and Assessment) meaning we are both the trainers and assessors for the courses and all training is conducted one on one with the use of our vehicles that have dual controls for peace of mind.
We have been specifically advised from Magistrates’ Court judges in Melbourne to conduct these types of courses on and off road. These courses should only relate to defensive driving aspects for our roads and road rules, not high-speed cornering and chicane work in closed circuits that focus on speedy control and nothing else as many of the other providers of such courses do today.
We conduct on and off road defensive driving courses that cover all defensive driving skills needed to be safe on the roads, as well as avoiding hazardous situations and preventing dangerous collisions with other vehicles and road users. Our priority is to teach prevention of dangerous situations. Remember, defensive drivers use the accelerator to slow down, not the brake!
Some of the skills we cover are:
-Pre-operational safety vehicle checks (basic)
-Correct seat and mirror positioning (in accordance to airbags and gaining maximum observation)
-Correct hand position including thumb position and safe steering wheel turning methods
-Correct mirror use, where to start from, when to check?
-Blind spot technique, where do we find blind spots around the vehicle? (Including correct head check technique)
-Safe gap selections in traffic, what makes a gap safe to cross or enter traffic flow?
-General observation, where to start from?
-Braking and what it involves? (Perception time, reaction time and stopping distance)
-Speed control, how to always keep within the speed limit?
-Safe Give Way/Stop intersection approach and positioning of vehicle, system of vehicle control
-Roundabout approach, following the lead if safe, entry and exit
-Right/left turns at traffic lights no directional arrows, how to position, where to look , when to go?
-Tramline use (including shared, part time, full time and tramway lines)
-Bus lane use, when to, how to, and why?
-Hook turns, where to position, where to look, when to go?
-Pedestrian traffic/crossings, the law regarding pedestrians on our roads?
-Bicycle lane entry/exist, why use it and when to use it, what should you know about bicycle law and what constitutes sufficient warning for cyclists?
-CBD driving, avoiding danger and collisions and how to keep safe in busy, heavy traffic conditions
-Lane changing in traffic, correct process and how to acknowledge the safest gap selections?
-Reverse parking in between 2 vehicles at a car length, simple easy techniques
-Angle/centre road parking (45°& 90°), rules governing centre road parking and techniques
-Following distance, how to measure, why, what can it do for you?
-Stopping distance, the law regarding stopping behind vehicles on the road
-Space cushions, what are they? What they can do for you in regards to safety
-Freeway entry/exit, lane changing and safe gap selection at high speed in traffic
Finally, we at DDCM know that you are busy and that your time is valuable. We also understand that you know how to drive, so our job is not to teach you how to drive, but to increase your driving knowledge within a short amount of time. Our courses are conducted within 2 hours of your time, which means you can finish up quickly, while learning valuable on road driving skills for life and fulfill your Magistrates’ Court mandatory or voluntary request. Recognised certificates of completion and reports provided at the end of each course.
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For more information please go to our website www.defensivedrivingcoursemelbourne.com or call 1300 828 920.