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Why Use ADA as your Training Provider?


See also:  The Benefits of Defensive- and Advanced Driver Training


Defensive Driving and Advanced Driving – What Are The Differences?


ADA Courses and Grades


Powerpoint: A Balanced Overview of Driver Training

(from the NIOSH International Conference on Road Safety at Work, 2009)


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Corporate Courses

Defensive Driving

Advanced Driving – Bronze

Advanced Driving – Silver

Advanced Driving – Gold


Triennial Re-assessment



All driver training from Advanced Drivers of America [ADA] is based firmly upon the "System of Car Control", which is the world's oldest, most in-depth and most proven methodology for teaching safety in driving.  It has been continually developed and refined since 1935 and is taught in the USA and Canada only by ADA.


Our courses are tailored to your needs but our standard courses are outlined below.


There is no pass/fail criterion for the ADA defensive driving course because the major gain comes merely from attending but please be aware that, as we place total emphasis on safety, none of the "advanced" driving courses – nor "train-the-trainer" – have a guaranteed pass. Participants are graded strictly on their individual abilities and on exactly how safe and competent they prove to be, at the end of the training.  Although it is rare, any trainee could emerge from a course with a lower qualification than was sought.


For bona fide corporate enquiries, we will send you a document outlining precisely what trainees can expect to learn from each of the following courses:



Defensive Driving  (a 2-day/18-hour course)


This is the course to choose for your low-to-medium mileage drivers and for staff who only drive to commute to and from work.  It covers the essential basics of defensive driving (which should never be less than the skills and attributes listed here).  From this course, you can expect all of your participants to get an important insight into driver attitude and to become significantly more aware of factors that will make them much safer on the road.


This two-day course is at least a match for the Institute of Advanced Motorists [IAM] training in the UK and independent research from Brunel University recently concluded that advanced drivers who had been through the IAM "System of Car Control" training were nearly 70% better in all aspects of their driving – from steering to judging distances and speed. Earlier research by the Transport Research Laboratory [TRL] concluded that drivers are less likely to crash if they have reached a measurable, higher driving standard.


Just three opinions from our year 2009/10 course participants, on the Clients' Comments page:

Greatly exceeded my expectations! I found the information very useful and have already begun to pass on to family members. Also, the instructor is an excellent and entertaining speaker which very much helps with this type of material. Very interesting course!  S.R.


Very good course... I was not looking forward to this but I am really glad the company offered it. Very good use of time and money spent. If you think you don’t need this course, then you are the one that needs it most!  J.D.


....This was a very good class.  I would not mind doing it again...!  A different  J.D.

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Advanced Driving – Bronze   (a 3-day/27-hour course)


This is the course for your sales reps and other high-mileage reports.  It is the shortest course where we can really start getting good attitude and safe, systematic methodology instilled in your drivers.


Here's what just two of our year 2010 two-day course participants said, on the Clients' Comments page:

To extend the course an extra day would be beneficial to gain more hands-on and theory time. Otherwise course was very enlightening and practical.  W.R.


Pros. Excellent course to change attitude on today’s defensive way to drive!  Cons – It would be nice if it’s a 3 to 5 day course to really understand [and] sink in the theory.  M.L.

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Advanced Driving – Silver  (a 5-day/45-hour course)


A five-day "Silver Advanced" course should be seen as the minimum requirement for any of your managers who are required to monitor the driving standards of their own personnel.  Please note that this course is not even close to an instructor's qualification and must not be thought of in that light, but it does give sufficient knowledge for acceptable monitoring.


This is also the most appropriate course for high-mileage, high-value executives whose absence from work due to injury would be a serious matter.


From the Clients' Comments page:

I had a very rewarding time over the week's training.  I had already been a driving instructor for six years... During the training I observed that I can go to a higher level of awareness.  I can improve my my precision and technique through the system, and using running commentary has definitely sharpened my approach toward low risk driving, all of which I could not have learned without taking the training I received from ADA.  The instructor was most excellent.  His people skills are top notch.  His knowledge was thorough [and he had a] good sense of humor.  I was impressed with the instructor and the training I received, and freely recommend [the one-week "Silver" course] to anyone who wants advanced driver training.

M.M., Denver, CO


I want to thank you again for the terrific week of advanced driving instruction you provided. We all learned – and unlearned – a lot!  The professionalism, skill level and manner of instruction were first rate.  We also enjoyed the descriptive and at times witty commentary.  And yes, it feels good to have got the "Silver!"

M.T., New York, NY

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Advanced Driving – Gold  (a 10-day/90-hour course)


"Gold Advanced" is the suitable qualification for your corporate chauffeurs and also for anyone you are putting through a train-the-trainer regime.  This level is equal to the highest standard of advanced driving for civilians (as opposed to police and other high-speed emergency services & EVOC drivers) anywhere in the world.


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The exact nature of this course varies in line with client requirements, but see the "Advanced Driving – Gold" description, above.


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Triennial Re-Testing and Refresher Training  (varies)


Straightforward re-assessment for Defensive Driving standards can be done in a half-day, whereas re-assessment for any of the Advanced Driving standards takes a full day.


The three-year cycle follows global best practice in the field of advanced driving.


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Research Footnotes


1.  Stanton, N. A., Walker, G. H., Young, M. S., Kazi, T. & Salmon, P. M. (2007). Changing drivers’ minds: The evaluation of an advanced driver coaching system. Ergonomics 50 (8) 1209-1234.

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2.  Hoinville, G,Berthoud, R,Mackie, AM (1972). A study of accident rates amongst motorists who passed or failed on advanced driving test. UK Transport Research Laboratory. Report Reference LR499

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