Defensive Driver Training

Course Description

This online course covers advanced defensive driving techniques to reduce your risk associated with driving a motor vehicle. According to the State Administrative Manual (SAM)-0751 Operator Requirements, any individual driving for University business is required to take this course.  Individuals seeking to drive powered carts on campus are required to follow University policies and procedures.

You'll learn and review:

  • General Safety Guidelines such as how to manage distractions while driving
  • Safe Driving Techniques for avoiding collisions like using ABS brakes and proper steering wheel hand position
  • Adverse Driving Conditions and the techniques for driving safely in a multitude of conditions
  • Emergency Response and the actions that are appropriate for emergency situations

Validation period is for four years.

Once registration is complete you will receive an e-mail with instructions for certification.

For questions: Please contact April Dunham-Filson at or (209) 667-3689.


Must hold a valid Driver License

Course Registration

Please enter your full name as it appears on your driver's license.
Please enter your Employee or Student ID number. If you do not have one, leave the field blank.
Please enter the department on campus you work or volunteer for.
Please enter your Driver's License number. If you have an out of state license, please submit a photo copy of your license to
You must have a valid Drivers License. Your driver’s license record will be checked with the Department of Motor Vehicles. If your driver’s license is VALID, and you have a good driving record, the Defensive Driver Registration will be approved. If it is not approved you will be notified. Additionally, all drivers for the University are placed on the Department of Motor Vehicles “Pull Program” which provides the University with driving records information every six months, whenever a citation is issued, or when the driver is involved in a recordable vehicle accident.
As part of your job function, are you required to drive a small vehicle on campus? A small vehicle is defined as: three or four wheeled electric or gas powered golf carts, utility vehicles, all terrain vehicles, small maintenance vehicles, escort shuttles, or disabled transport carts.
I understand that I will complete the Defensive Driver course in its entirety. I understand that I will be responsible for obtaining a certificate of completion as proof of my completion. I also understand that I will check my computer to be sure it meets system requirements prior to starting the course. You will not be given credit for the course until the course has been completed in its entirety. S&RM will not be responsible for computer systems that fail, lack of printing capability, or situations of time duress. Once the course is completed it will be reflected on the online Defensive Driver Log ( within 10 days.
Use the comments sections to enter anything that you need Safety & Risk Management to know. i.e., Out of state license