Defensive Driving Course

Safe Drivers PEI is a certified driving school and proud member of the Canada Safety Council.

Course Overview

The Defensive Driving Course (DDC) is an established, proven program designed to produce better drivers! Safe Drivers PEI offers the DDC through an instructor-led virtual session.

Through the program, students will analyze collisions and discuss topics such as time intervals, eye-lead time, safe passing techniques, and more! 

When drivers are involved in a collision, insurance rates can skyrocket! Collisions can also lead to significant indirect costs such as employee/driver re-training, and time-off for related injuries. However, traffic collisions are preventable… by driving defensively! 

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Understand defensive driving terminology;
  • Understand the value of pre-trip inspections;
  • Spot potential hazards when driving;
  • Understand the relationship between driving and climate change;
  • Drive defensively by applying appropriate knowledge and skills;
  • Recognize the effect legislative changes have on road users; and
  • Identify issues that require self-discipline to overcome.

The Defensive Driving Course includes:

  • 6 Hours of virtual Instruction
  • Canada Safety Council Student Handbook
  • Certificate of Completion.

Students registering for the virtual DDC program must have access to a device with a camera (laptop, cell-phone, etc.) and a stable internet connection.

Throughout the program students will learn:

  • eight modules taught over six hours;
  • through case studies and exercises;
  • through interactive class discussion; and
  • specific techniques to help drivers avoid all types of traffic collisions despite the actions of others or the driving conditions.
  • the principles of defensive driving and essential collision avoidance techniques

    Who is this program for?

    The Defensive Driving Course is for experienced drivers only! Experienced drivers may choose to complete this program to receive a reduction of 3 demerit points on their PEI license, or to further develop their accident avoidance skills! 

    Employers may also choose to offer this program to employee groups to help reduce risk, and build safer corporate drivers. Custom training options are available 

    New drivers should check out our New driver education program.

    If you have a driving license from another country, and would like to exchange it for a PEI license, you may qualify for our Experienced Driver Education Program.

    Why take the Defensive Driving Course?

    This course is a good option for any driver seeking to reduce the number of demerit points accumulated on their driving record to avoid possible suspension. Drivers who have accumulated 12 or more demerit points may also be required to complete this course within 6 months. 

    With the successful completion of the course and exam, a driver with up to 11 demerit points may be awarded three merit points. 

    How much does the Defensive Driving Course cost?

    The Defensive Driving Course fee is $100+hst payable upon registration.

    What do I need to register?

    Students registering for the DDC must have a drivers license from a Canadian province or territory. Students will need to provide their license information upon registration. 

    When and where is the DDC course offered?

    The Defensive Driving Course is offered through an instructor led virtual program, so students from anywhere in PEI can register. This course is also open to students from outside of PEI who live in other provinces or territories in Canada. 

    View upcoming DDC class dates here

    Are you ready to register?

    Please visit our registration page and select the Defensive Driving Course Option. If you have more questions before registering please visit our FAQ page or contact us for additional information. 


    Safe Drivers PEI provides professional classroom instruction at various locations across Prince Edward Island. We use a combination of interactive lecture and group discussions to keep our class experience the best in the business! We also offer some comprehensive online learning options which can be completed on your own schedule!

    In-Car Instruction

    Safe Drivers PEI instructors are trained above the industry standard to ensure we provide the best service to our students! Our instructors complete many hours of theory, and in-car training before they are certified as driving instructors and driving examiners with Safe Drivers PEI and the PEI Department of Highway Safety.