Defensive Driving Courses

Alive @ 25 Defensive Driving Course

Course Description: 

Alive at 25 is a highly interactive defensive driving course developed by the National Safety Council.  It has been proven to help teens and young adults under the age of 25 take greater responsibility for their driving by focusing on the choices they make while driving, and their behavior, judgment and decision making.  It discusses techniques to cope with peer pressure, passengers, distractions, cell phones and driving hazards.  This class is used in many states by schools for parking permits, insurance companies for driver discounts, courts for first infractions and employers to address their younger employees’ decisions and habits behind the wheel.

More than 6500 teens that attended Alive at 25 had their driving records, citations, crashes and DUI arrests evaluated before and after taking the class by the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute in North Dakota. The outcomes on the present evaluation found significant and worthwhile before and after effects which can be attributed to the program.  In addition, the study stated that “when compared to driving behavior in the year before taking the class, there is a significant reduction in crashes, citations and DUI arrests“.

Some insurance companies will give up to a 15 percent discount upon completion of the class. This course meets Maryland MVA requirements for those that are required to attend a Driver Improvement Course. Attendees must be on time and should bring MVA paperwork with them if assigned by Court to take a DIP course.  Certificates will be mailed upon completion of the course.

Fee includes student workbooks and lunch for attendees at CRSC main office trainings.

Price: varies by location 

Register below directly for our Alive at 25 Course Locations:

(more locations will be added in the near future)


National Safety Council’s 6-Hour Defensive Driving Course

The numbers are staggering.

Every day, almost 120 people die in motor vehicle accidents and approximately 2.3 million people are seriously injured every year.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in young adults between the ages of 16 and 24.

The costs in terms of motor vehicle damage, medical expenses, wage loss and insurance administration add up to almost $100 billion a year. And that doesn't begin to measure the pain, suffering, grief and loss.

According to the National Safety Council, 90% of all motor vehicle crashes are attributable, at least in part, to driver behaviors.

You can avoid becoming a statistic by enrolling in our Defensive Driving Course, which was originally developed as part of the National Safety Council's campaign to reduce deaths, injuries and economic loss due to traffic accidents.

The Chesapeake Region Safety Council offers classes for both groups and individuals at convenient times, including daytime, night, evening, weekend and Saturday.

Courses are completed with one six-hour session and all graduates receive certificates of completion. Besides increasing your chances of remaining safe when you drive, some insurance companies grant a reduction in premiums to customers who complete this course.

For course times and locations, please click below.


Defensive Driving Course 8/6 Instructor’s Development Program

Through National Safety Council’s Defensive Driving Instructor Certification Course, a member from your organization can become certified to teach the DDC 8/6.  
This course provides the core knowledge and principals on teaching students how to drive defensively, and how to reinforce safe driving techniques and collision prevention strate-gies.

More than 65 million drivers have learned to protect themselves on the road by taking part in National Safety Council (NSC) programs. The Chesapeake Region Safety Council conducts NSC’s Maryland, Delaware and Washington D.C.’s defensive driving courses and directs local programs and advocacy efforts.


Attitudinal Dynamics of Driving

Attitudinal Dynamics of Driving (DDC-ADD) is a highly effective course that helps problem drivers make direct connections between their attitudes and their behavior behind the wheel. They'll see that the choices they make have very real costs (financial, legal, and personal) and learn to take responsibility for their actions. Newly revised in 2008, the 3rd edition has been completely overhauled to encompass new skill sets and mind sets to recognize the direct connection between drivers attitudes and their driving behaviors.

Course Overview: Problem drivers may lack driving skills, but most often it's their attitude that leads to dangerous driving behavior. Convincing problem drivers that the choices they make result in serious financial, legal and personal costs is the first step in getting them to change their behind-the-wheel behavior. This course focuses on dialogue, so participants can identify their needs/expectations, ask questions,share their opinions and join group discussions in a non-threatening, non-judgmental environment.


Maryland MVA Driver Improvement Program

Chesapeake Region Safety Council is approved by the Maryland MVA to teach Driver Improvement Program (DIP) classes. This class is an instructional program intended to provide driver rehabilitation.

You may have been assigned to take a driver improvement program for one of the following reasons:

• You were referred by a District Court Judge;
• You were referred by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) in the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH);
• You accumulated 5, 6, or 7 points on your driving record;
• You were convicted or granted probation before judgment for a moving violation while holding a provisional driver’s license. (Provisional drivers can also take Alive at 25, which is approved as a Driver Improvement Program);

This class may meet the requirements from other states because of a traffic violation, but you must check directly with the out-of-state authority requiring your attendance at a class as to whether Maryland’s DIP will satisfy their requirements.

If assigned in Maryland because of any of the first four points above, you will receive a letter from the MVA, referring you to take the Driver Improvement Program. This class meets those specifications. If you have lost your MVA referral letter, contact MVACS@mdot.state.md.us or go to a branch office to request another copy.

Upon course completion, you will receive a certificate from the Chesapeake Region Safety Council. The certificate is for your records; we will notify the MVA of your successful completion after the class is over.