The remainder of the course is spent in a vehicle, on the road; the best place in which poor driving habits can be identified and overcome. Students participate from behind the wheel and from their observation seats. Some areas of focus are: proper following distance, controlling intersection risks, anticipating driver error, and reducing fuel consumption and maintenance costs. At the conclusion, each participant will receive a written evaluation, handout materials, a certificate of completion, and a wallet-sized course completion card.
All costs related to set-up and operation of UCSB’s Defensive Driver Training program have been paid for out of Be Smart About Safety (BSAS) funds. These costs include the “train-the-trainer” certification course for EH&S staff instructors, purchase of all associated training materials (DVD library, posters, instructor guides, participant handbooks), training vehicle rentals and salaries for EH&S/Industrial Safety staff instructors. This funding has also paid for the certification training for our “partner” campus department instructor staff. These departments include Housing & Residential Services, Transportation & Parking Services, the Recreation Center, and Workers’ Compensation.
Participants and their departments receive multiple benefits with minimal time investments. These include:
- Increased safety for faculty, staff and student vehicle operators and passengers
- Increased driving skill & vehicle operator confidence levels
- Decreased vehicle repair costs and vehicle “down” time
For more information or to request training, please email the Industrial Safety Program at firstname.lastname@example.org.