Cairns Defensive Driving Course

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  • Group Courses Are Perfect For 'L' Platers, 'P' Platers, Corporate Fleet & Court Order Drivers

  • On Road Courses Are Prefect For Court Order Drivers

  • All trainers hold the minimum qualification of TAE40110 Certificate IV Workplace Trainer and Assessor and are Qualified Learn to Drive Instructors


​Group Course Description

Throughout this Defensive Driver Course in Cairns, drivers are strongly encouraged to develop better defensive driving skills and more solid techniques, while more experienced drivers also benefit enormously from advanced driver training, including the correction of old habits and improving judgement and reactions.

Whether your choice of vehicle is a small sedan, a large family mover, a sports car or a four wheel drive, training in defensive driving is relevant, enjoyable, and will far improve your skills and ability levels.

This Defensive Driving Course is suited to drivers of regular passenger vehicles, including four-wheel drives and light commercial vehicles. The mix of practical and theoretical components of this driver training session deliver actual on-road safety skills that underpin proactive driving.

The practical driving component of our Defensive Driving Course is conducted on wet and dry roads at suburban speeds. Including a variety of exercises including emergency braking, swerving and multiple direction changes.

Get Behind the Wheel

You learn more behind the steering wheel than staring at a whiteboard. We’ll help you put techniques into practice with hands-on training and exercises.

  • Emergency braking

  • Emergency braking and steering exercise

  • Slalom exercise

As well as developing safer driving skills, you will also learn more about essential maintenance and safety features. We’ll teach you how to save money on vehicle maintenance by reducing wear and tear on the road.

Learning Objectives

  • The principles of defensive driving - how to minimise risks and improve drive r's safety margin

  • Hazard detection - the technique and skill of reading ahead and identifying hazards

  • Reaction times & braking skills in wet/dry conditions

  • Emergency braking & accident avoidance techniques 

  • Driver attitudes & general road safety

  • Understanding the limitations of relying on emergency control skills

  • Vehicle safety - driving position, tyres and pressures

  • Practical Activities - understanding the relationship between reaction time, speed and stopping distances 

  • Vehicle dynamics - understanding what causes skids and vehicle instability

  • Understanding vehicle technology such as ABS

Our trainers have close working relationships with vehicle manufacturers, emergency services and police. All trainers hold the minimum qualification of TAE40110 Certificate IV Workplace Trainer and Assessor and are Qualified Learn to Drive Instructors. This course employs industry best practices and gives quality assured outcomes.

What is Supplied

  • Professional tuition from experienced instructors

  • Course equipment

  • Certificates for course graduates

  • Tea, coffee and cookies 

What to Bring / Wear

  • Your vehicle with a full tank of fuel, optimal tyre pressures, water and oil levels

  • Your current driver’s licence

  • Group course Learner Driver's must bring a driving supervisor (no extra charge) 

  • Your lunch or it can be purchased nearby during the break 

  • Wear comfortable casual clothing according to the weather

  • Wear footwear that has a thin sole eg. joggers. Bulky shoes, high heels or climbing boots are not optimal driving shoes

  • It is a good idea to bring along a hat, sunscreen and an umbrella if it’s raining

Fitness and Experience

  • The Defensive Driving course is suited to drivers of regular passenger vehicles

  • All participants must present their current driver's licence in order to participate

  • Learner drivers are recommended to have at 10+ hours experience

  • No particular level of fitness or experience is required 

Upcoming Group Defensive Driving Courses

Saturday 14th of August 2021

Saturday 21st of August 2021

Saturday 2nd of October 2021

Saturday 27th of November 2021

Saturday 22nd of January

On Road Defensive Driving Course


  • Complete a defensive driving course prior to appearing in Court, or as part of a Court Program

  • Our On Road Course is conducted around Cairns in challenging traffic conditions


My son participated in the defensive driving course today and spoke very positively about it. He has more confidence behind the wheel and learned valuable advice to improve his driving ability.

Went with my son (learner driver) so he could learn how to handle the car when braking etc. Turns out I learnt a few things too 😄 All new drivers should do this.

We had an amazing time this morning on the Defensive driving course with Terry. He is an excellent communicator, very knowledgeable and experienced. The theory side was informative, interactive and thought provoking. Terry was very encouraging and patient, he is an excellent instructor. My husband and I really enjoyed our morning with Terry, we have both been driving for over 40 years and have walked away having improved our skills and knowledge. We would highly recommend Terry as an instructor and this course as money well spent.

Absolutely helpful, both theory and practice is applicable in the real world. Highly recommended

I think this should be mandatory for all learner and p plate drivers

Did the Defensive driving course with my Fiance, was a great experience with amazing instructors.

Defensive Driving FAQ

Can you do a defensive driving course on your learners?

Yes. It’s best to have at least 10 hours of experience before attending a defensive driving course. Learner drivers must be accompanied by their supervisor.

What is defensive driving?

It is a set of driving skills that allows you to defend yourself against possible collisions caused by bad drivers, drunk drivers, and poor weather. If you look ahead and keep your eyes moving, you will spot potential hazards more easily.

How much is a defensive driving course?

Defensive driving courses usually cost between $180 - $360.

What is the defensive driving course?

Students learn to improve their driving skills by reducing their driving risks by anticipating situations and making safe well-informed decisions.


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