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Arkansas - District Court of Craighead County

Defensive Driving Course

This course is for the sole use of traffic violators who have been mandated by Craighead County District Court to complete this online Defensive Driving Course.
This course is available in both English and Spanish.

Defensive Driving Course Take this course if you have received a traffic citation and have been ordered to take the National Safety Council online Defensive Driving program. You must provide a copy of the certificate to the Craighead County District Court. It is your responsibility to complete this course within the time frame provided by the court.

Curso de Manejo Defensivo Tome este curso si ha recibido una citacion de trafico y si tiene una orden de tomar el curso DDC online de National Safety Council. Debe de proveer una copia del certificado a Craighead County District Court, es su responsabilidad de completar este curso en el lapso del tiempo provisto por la corte.
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Defensive Driving Course Outline:

  • Recognize that driver safety affects everyone
  • Identify your personal driving behaviors and tendencies
  • Recognize that every behavior is a choice
  • Define risky driving behaviors
  • Identify the Six Deadly Choices that lead to the majority of crashes
  • Identify what’s in your control
  • Explain how to drive defensively in conditions beyond your control
  • Define defensive driving, collision prevention and NSC's collision prevention formula
  • Identify defensive driving techniques that can be used when physical, mental and emotional factors affect your ability to drive
  • Recognize potential hazards when driving and use the 'What-if' strategy to avoid hazards
  • Identify the risks associated with driving without seat belts or proper restraints
  • Identify how to effectively use vehicle safety systems
  • Recognize the risks of speeding
  • Recognize the risks of following too closely
  • Employ the 3-second and 3-second+ following distance rules
  • Define aggressive driving and road rage
  • Identify driving distractions
  • Recognize risks of distracted driving
  • Identify risks of substance impairment
  • Identify risks of drowsy driving
  • Choose safe, responsible, and respectful behaviors to avoid impaired or drowsy driving
  • Choose appropriate driving behaviors for different driving situations and conditions
  • Explain the proper procedure for navigating multi-lane roads
  • Identify risks associated with improper turns
  • Explain the proper procedures for passing and overtaking another vehicle
  • Identify risks associated with driving left-of-center
  • Describe right-of-way violations and safe intersection strategies
  • Identify roadway maintenance and construction hazards
  • Use techniques for trains and railway grade crossings
  • Identify other vehicles you will encounter on the road and techniques for dealing with them
  • Recognize the challenges drivers of larger vehicles face and explain how to safely share the road
  • Explain proper techniques for dealing with pedestrians, pedal cyclists, and animals
  • Describe the three stages of a collision
  • Identify the steps to conduct pre-trip inspections
  • Explain the importance of proper vehicle maintenance
  • Describe steps for addressing different types of immediate danger you may encounter
  • Determine of a collision was preventable in different driving situations
  • 10 Habits of Defensive Driving
  • The Six Deadly Choices
  • The importance of choosing the right behaviors
  • Your driving plan

Be a safer driver in Arkansas with the all new
National Safety Council Defensive Driving Course

The National Safety Council Defensive Driving Course (DDC) Online is an effective four hour online driver safety training course and brings the time-tested content and acclaimed videos from its flagship DDC classroom course into a convenient web-based format. It dos not have to be completed at one time.

The National Safety Council is a nonprofit established in 1913 and chartered by the U.S. Congress with the mission of saving lives and preventing injuries on our roads, in our homes, at work, and in our communities.

This course delivers leading-edge content by presenting real-life driving situations and motivating drivers to change their behind-the-wheel behaviors and attitudes. Through instructional advancements, computer-generated animation and adaptive interactivity, participants analyze real driving situations, spot driving hazards and identify/execute the correct defenses. The convenient bookmark feature offers the ability to log in and out of the course as often as you like to accommodate your schedule and to work at your own pace anywhere there is a computer with internet.


Can I take the defensive driving course for an insurance discount and/or ticket dismissal? This course is for the sole use of traffic violators who have been mandated by the Craighead County District Court to complete this program.

How long is the course? The course is 4+ hours. It does not have to be taken all at one time. You can login with your username and password at anytime to access the course.

How long do I have to complete the course? The program will expire within 60 days for traffic offenders. It is your responsibility to complete it by the due date given to you by Craighead County District Court.

Certificate Process

Upon completion of the Defensive Driving Course the student will be able to print a personalized Certificate of Completion from the National Safety Council. As a condition of sentencing by the Judge, the student will need to present the Certificate of Completion in person to court personnel by the date ordered by the Judge.

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