Defensive Driving Course!
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Defensive Driving Course!

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Sutton Road Driver Training Centre

441 Sutton Road

Majura, ACT 2609


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We are running our defensive driving course for P plate and fully licensed drivers at Sutton rd training ground This one-day course works well for up to 14 drivers at a time. Bookings can be made individually or in groups. The practical part of the course is conducted in your own car. That way, you can maximise the opportunities to learn skills and take them away with you. You also learn how you and your car can work together under different driving situations.

BenefitsTo Your Insurance

The Panache Defensive Driving Course has been evaluated by MGA Insurance Brokers Pty Ltd Canberra as a risk management program which will influence a lower premium on motor vehicle insurance. If you would like a quote from in relation to this please contact Ben at MGA Insurance Brokers Pty Ltd Canberra on (02) 6132 4401 or email with your Panache Defensive Driving Certificate of Attendance and Ben and his team will be happy to assist you. 

The Course Location

The course is held at the Sutton Road Driver Training Complex. This complex is located 1km from the junction of Sutton rd. and Piallago Av on Sutton rd.

The Course Schedule

The course starts at 9.00am and finishes at approximately 4.30pm. Short breaks for morning and afternoon tea, and a lunch break of about 45 minutes, are provided.

The Theory Component:

This component starts with an introduction to the principles of defensive driving, during which the students are encouraged to debate the problems that they face on the road. We next examine the most common accident situations, what causes them and how they can be avoided. We like to involve the students by considering some of their recent experiences, to see if there are useful lessons to be learnt. The students are then introduced to a system of vehicle control which provides the basis for good safe driving.

The Practical Component

This component is taught in your own car, and consists of three parts.

Part 1 is taught on the skid pan. Here the students learn, in a safe and controlled environment, how to control the vehicle when it gets into a slide. The differance between controling a older car and a car fitted with ESP.
(Do you know what to do in a car that has ESP?)

Part 2 consists of three items taught on the circuit:
Stopping distances: first from speeds of 40km/h, and then from those of 80 km/h. The differance between a car with ABS and a non ABS car.

Emergency braking: a very important skill to master.
How to how to steer correctly and how to activate ABS if fitted to your car.
(Students are often surprised to discover their lack of skill when confronted with emergency braking situations!)
Cornering: in which we first teach the use of those cornering procedures that minimise wear and tear on the vehicle. We then demonstrate correct braking and gear selection before cornering, which also save on tyre wear and improve fuel economy.

In Part 3, the students rehearse the skills that they have acquired during the day.

All students are given a certificate on the completion of the course.

By the end of the course you should be able to:

Identify and experience how a vehicle behaves on different road surfaces.
How to brake safely and quickly to avoid hazards.
Learn “best practice” steering, cornering and braking methods.
Have a better understanding of road rules.
Understand how you and your car react adverse conditions.
Understand and Know your personal Driver skill Limits.
Drive within your limits and be a more observant driver.

Cost and Payment
The cost of the course is $260.00 including GST. The cost includes morning and afternoon tea, and a professionally catered lunch.
Payment is to be
made prior to the commencement of the course, by cheque, money order or by bank transfer (for bank transfer, when you contact us we will provide you with our bank details).

Cancellation policy:
Cancellation made two days prior to the date of the course will be credited for use on another Defensive course at a later date.

Cancellation made within two days of the course will forfeit the full cost of the course.
An exception for medical conditions will be given if a doctor's certificate is presented.

Any questions about the course?
Email: or ring on : 0417481135

We will contact you before the course with an enrolment form and pre course information email and to confirm your place on the course.
Also available in gift voucher format.

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Majura, ACT 2609


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