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Defensive Driving Classes at Surry Community College Receive State Recognition


The President of the Safety and Health Council of North Carolina, Charles F. McDonald, Jr., CAE recently awarded Surry Community College a certificate of achievement for training 4,767 drivers since 2002 in the National Safety Council's Defensive Driving Courses that “promote traffic safety and enhance the quality of life. ”

“This Certificate of Achievement was given to the college at the May 2019 Safety and Health Council of North Carolina Training Conference. This achievement is the total amount of drivers that have gone through our three programs – Alive at 25, Defensive Driving Course (DDC) 4 hour, and Attitudinal Dynamics of Driving (ADD) 8 hour) – since we began using the program in 2002, ” explains Matthew Aschemeyer, Program Specialist at SCC who oversees the classes. “The Annual Conference included training and updates on the statewide database, membership, course materials, court procedures, instructor development, credentialing, and safe driving program guidelines. The Safety and Health Council of N.C. is celebrating their 30th anniversary of the Safe Driving Program this year as well. ”

Alive at 25 is a four-hour classroom training program for drivers ages 16 to 24. Classroom discussion includes driver behaviors and attitudes, peer pressure and distractions, techniques to maintain control while driving and state and local driving laws.

The Defensive Driving Course (DDC) 4 hour is a classroom training program for drivers ages 25 and older. Classroom discussion includes: superior strategies to prevent collisions and citations; coping strategies dealing with road rage, high speed drivers, and other dangers on the highways; the know-how for evaluating and improving driving skills after mapping out personal skills inventory; the serious consequences of fatigue, distracted driving, emotional impairments, and other risk factors; and why vehicle malfunction and poor maintenance contribute to collisions.

Attitudinal Dynamics of Driving (ADD) 8 hour is used extensively for court referrals as a diversion program for drivers with excessive violations and to retrain drivers with poor driving records. This class is a highly participatory class that assesses the individual's behavior and then involves the students in developing a plan to improve their driving behavior. This class helps the individuals to understand their driving choices and how to improve them. The program helps create a new mind set while improving a person's attitude so that his or her driving behavior can change.

To learn more about the defensive driving courses offered at Surry Community College, visit or call (336) 386-3398.

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