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Defensive driving course

Defensive driving course

What is a defensive driving course and why is it essential?

A defensive driving course, offered by the International Road Transport Union (IRU), is an essential training programme designed to enhance driving skills and promote road safety. This course is vital for professional drivers, equipping them with advanced techniques to anticipate, avoid, and safely handle potential hazards on the road. Emphasising the importance of international industry standards, it's a crucial step in creating a safer work environment and reducing road accidents.

What key techniques are taught in a defensive driving course?

The course focuses on several key techniques:

  • Anticipating and responding to various road conditions and hazards.
  • Understanding the psychology of other drivers and predicting their actions.
  • Developing a proactive approach to road safety and hazard management.
  • Enhancing situational awareness and reaction times.
  • Implementing strategies to reduce risks associated with aggressive or distracted driving.

What is training defensive driving course?

The IRU’s defensive driving and crash prevention course is a comprehensive training program combining theoretical knowledge with practical driving exercises. It’s structured to provide drivers with a deep understanding of safe driving principles and to apply these principles in real-world scenarios. The training ensures that drivers are well-prepared to handle unexpected situations on the road, making it an indispensable part of professional driving education.

What are the benefits of defensive driving training?

Defensive driving training offers numerous benefits:

  • Significantly reduces the likelihood of accidents and injuries.
  • Improves drivers' ability to react effectively under pressure.
  • Leads to better fuel efficiency and vehicle maintenance through smoother driving.
  • Can contribute to lower insurance premiums due to improved driving records.
  • Enhances overall road safety for the driver and the public.

Our defensive driving training:

Training duration

The duration of the IRU’s defensive driving course is meticulously designed to cover all aspects of defensive driving. It ensures that participants have enough time to absorb the theoretical knowledge and practice the skills in controlled environments.

Cost of training

While IRU focuses on delivering quality training, we ensure that our programs are accessible. The cost is a reflection of the value offered, equipping participants with skills that stand out in the competitive transport industry.



At IRU, we offer a comprehensive range of driver training programs designed to meet the diverse needs of the transportation industry. Our truck driver training and lorry driver training courses are tailored for those aspiring to drive heavy goods vehicles, while our taxi driver training is perfect for individuals looking to enter the taxi service industry. For those specialising in hasardous materials transport, our tanker driver training and ADR driver training provide the necessary skills and certification. Our tachograph course ensures drivers understand and comply with tachograph regulations. We also offer PCV driver training and bus and coach driver training for those interested in passenger carrying vehicles. Our 360 driver training is ideal for operating heavy machinery. Additionally, we provide HGV driver training, LGV driver training, and C1 driver training for various commercial vehicle classes. To enhance safety, our defensive driving course is available. For specific licensing needs, we offer Cat D driver training and Cat C driver training. Our driver CPC training ensures professional competence for all drivers.

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