Why Drive Defensively?
Stay Safe
Defensive driving will deliver better safety outcomes by having both the RIGHT skills and RIGHT attitude while driving.  It is not just about being the right number of car lengths behind another vehicle.  The online defensive driving courses we offer will also cover this important topic.

Road Tolerance
Having a defensive driving attitude impacts the risk tolerance for all drivers. The personal factors, stress, and actions of other drivers all play a role in our driving attitude. Having the right attitude teaches drivers to better understand and self-manage stressors and distractions to maintain a clear and objective decision-making capability while driving.  A good driving attitude will also help avoid impulsive “unsafe” driving maneuvers.

Qualify and get the Best Vehicle Insurance Rate
In Canada, vehicle insurance is required to operate a vehicle. If a driver has a bad driving record due to many traffic violations and/or accidents, the driver may not be able to get vehicle insurance.  This will also make it more difficult to be hired as a professional driver!!!  Practicing defensive driving will help avoid being in this bad situation, will lower vehicle operating costs, and most importantly enable the driver to legally operate their vehicle.

Reduce Vehicle/Driver Operating Expenses
Defensive driving can help reduce vehicle operating costs. In the long run, having defensive driving habits help reduce vehicle maintenance and repairs. Having a good driving record/history will lower insurance rates for the business and driver, avoid vehicles accidents, reduce associated costs, and avoid potential lawsuits.

Reduced Vehicle Repairs
Not only does defensive driving make you safer on the road, but it is also better for your vehicle’s maintenance. Being an aggressive driver usually means spending more time slamming brakes wearing down brake pads and tires more quickly. When driving aggressively (i.e. hard acceleration), this will also impact gas mileage. Being a defensive driver will also mean fewer problems and disruptions with the use of your vehicle.

We offer a number  of defensive  driving courses based on proven principles including the Thinking Driver and the SAFER Defensive Driving Program.  The awarding winning comprehensive Thinking Driver Program (see below) combines driver skills with attitudes.

SAFER Defensive Driving System

SAFER defensive driving training is also an excellent program for all types of drivers, but has a special focus on company drivers. SAFER stands for Space, Attitude, Foresight, Eyesight and Responsibility. This online course is a condensed (4 hour) version of our full Defensive Driving Program and contains all the course information from that course. It is an excellent course for those wanting a quality defensive driving course online. Want to lean more about the SAFER Defensive Driving Program?

Thinking Driver Course Information

This online Defensive Driving Fundamentals and Attitudes course is the most comprehensive course offering that provides your family or employees, with the best and most current training for defensive driving techniques and, more importantly, driving attitudes.  This defensive driving course is suitable for all drivers, especially those who want to improve their driving skills.  The course delivers essential foundational principles useful for “new” or young drivers. This course will not disappoint you!

This defensive driving program online combines all course content from our Defensive Driving Attitudes course and Defensive Driving Fundamentals course in a bundled program at a reduced cost. This is the most cost-effective solution to provide you, your family and your employees with the most current and essential driving education.

This defensive driving online course was developed by internationally recognized road safety, driver psychology and training expert, Thinking Driver Founder, Spencer McDonald. This course was developed in consultation with law enforcement, occupational health and safety professionals, eLearning experts and world-class driver trainers. Make this course your first choice for a defensive driving program! Your drivers will be better prepared to prevent dangers and accidents on the road and will lead to a 90% reduction in at-fault accidents according to Thinking Driver. This course is suitable for all drivers, including “new” and young drivers, to help them reinforce “proper” driver skills and develop an exemplary driver attitude!!!

*Source: Technical Safety BC (90% reduction in at-fault accidents between 2011 and 2015 using Thinking Driver training courses

Updated Content and Engaging

This defensive driving safety course is media-rich and was completely updated in 2020. It will engage learners using very interactive on-screen activities including quizzes, click to discover facts, video, audio commentary and much more. Course content has also been updated to include Avoiding Distracted Driving, Impaired Driving including Cannabis, Driver Fatigue, and updated videos. The course is intuitive and easy to use for all learner types. Interesting, fun, and informative, feedback provided by students who completed this course has been very positive.

Driving Attitudes

Driving attitude directly impacts the risk tolerance for both professional and non-professional drivers. Personal factors, stress, other issues, and the actions of other drivers all play a role in our attitude. The defensive driving training module teaches drivers to better understand and self-manage stressors and distractions such to maintain an objective and clear decision-making capability while driving.  A good driving attitude will help to avoid impulsive, disrespectful, and “road rage” type behaviors which increase driving risk, attract complaints, or cause accidents. Having the best driving attributes will dramatically reduce the probability of having an incident or accident. This is especially true when drivers reduce their speed, observe highway rules and laws, and demonstrate road courtesy with other road users.

When drivers understand their own psychology and “hot buttons”, they learn how to self-manage their emotions and they are able to reduce their risk tolerance even in very stressful road situations or when provoked by other drivers.

Driver Fundamentals

This online defensive course is unlike any other defensive driving course online! This course introduces Thinking Driver’s proprietary 5 Fundamentals of Defensive Driving: 1) Think and Look Ahead, 2) Anticipate Hazards, 3) Keep Your Options Open, 4) Manage the Risk, and 5) Control with Finesse

This course was developed by the internationally recognized, award-winning Thinking Driver defensive driving program. The Thinking Driver defensive driving concepts are fine-tuned to a clear and focused driver safety system by Thinking Driver founder, Spencer McDonald.  These 5 fundamentals form the skill set required to drive incident-free for a lifetime. Using this program has resulted in up to 90% reductions in incident rates*

Volume pricing is available.

Modules Cover

Module 1: Driving Attitudes Module

  • Understanding Triggers
  • Managing Driving Stress
  • Anger
  • Aggressive Driving
  • Emotional IQ

Module 2: Five Fundamentals of Defensive Driving

  • Think and Look Ahead
  • Anticipate Hazards
  • Keep Your Options Open
  • Manage the Risk
  • Control with Finesse

Course Standards

Duration Time: Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes

Passing Grade: Testing is conducted throughout the course designed to reinforce the information presented in this online course. Students are provided three attempts to complete the course to achieve a passing grade of 80% or greater.

Certificate: Upon successful completion of the competency assessment, a certificate of completion will be available for download and printing. You can access your certificate through your online account.

What Will I Learn?

  • Recognize situations & actions of other drivers and develop tolerance towards other drivers
  • What drivers can do to reduce/manage stress and their reaction to it
  • How to use simple and effective anger management tools while driving
  • Understanding and resolving aggressive driving behaviors
  • Resolving bad situations in a positive way
  • How to maintain superior vision and observation
  • How to recognize the hazards in the environment and understand how to mitigate risk
  • Managing space around the vehicle
  • How best to manage risks both in and outside the vehicle
  • Developing superior vehicle control

This Course is For

All professional and non-professional road users:

  • Employees who drive either a company vehicle or their own vehicle on the job where safe driving is essential for the occupation.
  • All road users that are looking to reinforce their skills with essential foundational driving skills
  • “New” or young drivers who require proven foundational driving skills, attitudes and habits for a lifetime of safe driving.

System Requirements

This course is universally compatible on computers and mobile devices. The course is created using standards that will allow the online course to play on most internet capable devices with standard web browsing capabilities including smartphone and tablets.

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  • Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes on-demand (self-paced) course
  • Access on computer and mobile device
  • Digital Certificate of Completion

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Had a great experience there!! Well structured and organized information, been a while since I’d been to “class”. The instructor Patty, was phenomenal, makes everyone feel welcomed and ensures you have a thorough understanding of the information being presented. Would highly recommend SOS for any and all of your first aid training requirements. Thanks for everything Patty, you inspired this momma:)
Lydia Zeman
Lydia Zeman
Great program. Took Standard Firat Aid C, and Patty and Marita were fantastic!! Learned a lot in short time and shown the proper way to conduct CPR. Would suggest anyone capable of doing CPR/standard first aid should attend this course, especially if you are worried about doing CPR/first aid wrong. They show how it's done properly and give you the confidence to do it. Also very accommodating.
Michelle Sone
Michelle Sone
Fun class made easy to learn and retain information with instructors Patty & Marita highly recommend for first aid , CPR Level C & AED
Lori Corkin
Lori Corkin
I just took the course at SOS in Mississauga for emergency first aid. My instructor Patty was amazing she is very engaging and made sure that everyone's questions were answered and clarified anything that was confusing. I have already recommended this course to my fellow classmates. I also had trouble on the website to register as a student in order to get the discount. However, the staff was really amazing when I called and refunded me the amount in order for me to receive the student discount. I would definitely recommend SOS to anyone who is looking either to get emergency first aid or standard first aid done. I would also do my re-certification at SOS!
Mary Best
Mary Best
Just finished my standard first aid cpr-c course , it was amazing ... patty was a great instructor , she was informative, fun and very organized ... the two days went by so smoothly and so fast ... didnt even feel the time go by because it was great :) i would definitely come back for a recert :)
shaza selim
shaza selim
I participated in an Emergency First Aid Course with SOS in Mississauga. Their location in Square one at 4141 Living Arts Drive was excellent. Patty as a course Instructor also was full of knowledge and experience. Attending a class with her was really enjoyable and fun filled. I appreciate SOS for choosing such an excellent location and hiring some of the best instructors in the field.
Jhumki Laksar
Jhumki Laksar
Yesterday I had the privilege to take the CPR level C course at the Living Arts Center in Mississauga . It was my very first time taking this course and I didn't know what to expect. However, I need to let you know that the course was very informative and I had an amazing experience and all because of my instructor, Patty. She is very knowledgeable and has so much experience, and knows how to deliver information in a fun way which keeps the class very engaged. She is also very accommodating and makes sure to personally clean all the tools you use to ensure they are sanitary. I am very thankful for everything she taught me and I highly recommend everyone to take this course.
Hedviga Zareczky
Hedviga Zareczky
Excellent course that provided the training I needed. Thoroughly enjoyed instructor Sam! His wealth of knowledge was impressive. Would definitely recommend this course to anybody.
Lloyd Dyson
Lloyd Dyson
Such a great course! Patty was so helpful and super easy to understand. So accommodating to everyone and worked hard to ensure success for everyone. A Course I will definitely be recommending!
cara castillo
cara castillo
The training was great! Our instructor, Patty, was amazing! She kept the class engaging and positive. Would recommend it to everyone! Thank you!
Manu A.Rajah
Manu A.Rajah
Amazing instructor! Really learned to save lives and I feel confident to do it in my feel of work. Thank you Patty!
Endy s
Endy s
Patty did an excellent job teaching our first aid training.She made the course fun and very informative.She is very passionate about what she does based on her own life experiences that she graciously shared with us.Thanks Patty for the training and confidence I would need if ever put in a life threatening situation.
Donna Greeley
Donna Greeley
Patty was absolutely an amazing teacher.. Very friendly and down to earth.. She knows what she is talking about... I would recommend Patty to teach any class.
Austin Gosse
Austin Gosse
A great way to get your First Aid Cert. Minimum two day for standard which yes seems long and a waste of a weekend, but it goes by fast and lots of fun practice.
villagemayor
villagemayor
Excellent First Aid CPR-C/BLS courses, easy to understand and detailed explanations, instructor made the course very interesting and fun so we don't lose our focus, our instructor Patty, Jessica was excellent with the scientific proof, and answered all the question passionately, situational and interesting activities. I was able to fully understand the importance of First aid, new information about the first aid. completed the course with excellent score and understanding.Thank you Patty and Jessica!
정한석
정한석
Patty was a great instructor,knowledgable and her paramedic work experience taught us alot I would recommend everybody to do first aid CPR course from Patty Thank-you.
Soulat Ali
Soulat Ali
Took this course 2 weeks back. Patty is very knowledgeable and she knows what she's doing. she goes above & beyond to make sure that we understand everything being taught. I highly recommend Instructor Patty. Thank you
Aim Harry
Aim Harry
I took the wilderness first aid course with SOS First Aid and I loved it, I have also taken the standard first aid courses with this company, I've had a great experience everytime
Patrick Sacco
Patrick Sacco
I just completed my standard first aid with CPR - C and it was fantastic. The instructor Patty was so informative and sweet; I enjoyed the course so much, it went by so quickly. It was a great experience, I am so glad I took this course. I really do feel so much more confident knowing that I have the knowledge of how to deal with first aid situations that I could encounter in the future. Actually after finishing it, I want to register for more informative courses to get my training level higher. It made me want to register as a first responder in my college.
Alisa Boyarkin
Alisa Boyarkin
Took the 2 day standard first aid combo course and it was great. Class size was nice and small, and more importantly, Kathryn was a great instructor. Thanks again Kathryn.
Ali Amin
Ali Amin
It was a great class for me because I learn a lot. Patty is great teacher she made everything easy to understand. There were lots of example and experience for titles. The more important thing was that the class wasn't boring at all. Thanks for all of that patty.
Nasrin Bina
Nasrin Bina
Our instructor(Patty Turnbull) T was very nice. I felt totally comfortable in her class. She seemed very experienced and had many examples to visualize a situation and circumstances for us. I liked her approach to instruction. It was my second time that I participated in CPR and First Aid course but I learned a lot in Patty's course. The room was appropriate and comfortable from different aspects like heat, chairs, noise and etc.
Maryam Molkabadin
Maryam Molkabadin
Great course this weekend wilderness first aid basic. Lots of information and very good instructors thank you Heather and Michelle
David Scarr
David Scarr
Patty is a phenomenal instructor! Engaging and hilarious, I would take another course with her in a heartbeat.
Marci Nash
Marci Nash
SOS First Aid is one of the best training companies I've worked with. They are extremely professional and knowledgeable. They are a great partner to work with!
Dan MacDonald
Dan MacDonald
Zhike Zhang
Zhike Zhang
I had a great experience with my recertification! Amit was an incredible instructor - very knowledgeable, clear and concise. He clearly demonstrated the use of the AED, first aid practises as well as CPR. I highly recommend his class!
lauren rowbottom
lauren rowbottom
The course is very informative and I recommend for anyone who needs to receive any sort of cpr or first aid certification to do it at SOS first aid. My instructor Amit was great, funny and informative, when I recertify I hope I get him again!
Cy w
Cy w
Amit is a great hands on trainer. Would recommend if looking for CPR and AED training
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ahmed chakib
Nathalie Garratt
Nathalie Garratt
Tyson a real one Amazing experience and class taught by tyson
Saleh Chaudhry
Saleh Chaudhry
Tyson is my dawgs he tought me how to save babies.
Aaliyah Isaac
Aaliyah Isaac
The class was amazing, they didn't rush with us . We were all engaged and Tyson was one of the best mentors ever
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Thekillaah Show
Heba B
Heba B
Great class and great instructors (Kathryn and tyson)
Meena Kirupakaran
Meena Kirupakaran
great instructors very active and left the course knowing what to do in emergency cases
Aous Salih
Aous Salih
Justin Lu
Justin Lu
I was given the opportunity to take the SOS First Aid and Safety Training at the Living arts center in Mississauga. Patty is an amazing and informative instructor. She made sure that we understood everything clearly. I enjoyed the last two days in her class!!!
Erica Baluyot
Erica Baluyot
Had Amit as an instructor, he was very engaging and kept the 8 hour course interesting despite the large class size. A much better experience than I've had before with first aid courses and I definitely feel that I learned a lot more.
Benjamin Korol
Benjamin Korol
This weekend I took my first aid course. My instructor Amit was phenomenal! He made the class fun, very informative. I really enjoyed the experience and knowledge learned and the hands on methodology. I would definitely recommend others to take the class.
Denisha Gilliam
Denisha Gilliam
Awesome experience with Amit ...nice and informative
Yogita Sarda
Yogita Sarda
Amazing instructor, Amit, kept the class interesting and easy to learn! Would recommend!
Kaley Redmond
Kaley Redmond
Very good training, highly recommend it! Thank you Amit!
Cecilia Garza
Cecilia Garza
My Trainers were Amit and Alley. Both of them are amazing.The class was very informative interactive and not boring at all.
Maaheen Mushtaq
Maaheen Mushtaq
Amit is an awesome and informative instructor. He kept the class very engaging. Thank you for helping me develop my knowledge in CPR and First Aid!
Khausi Visakan
Khausi Visakan
The course was very informative and Amit was professional in his teaching and knowledge and made the course very interesting....Godric
Godric Pereira
Godric Pereira
Amit was a fantastic instructor! He made our first aid course very informative and fun! Rather than a boring PowerPoint it was very hands on and engaging. If I ever need recertification or to reccomended a place for training this is the first place I would tell them to go. Thank you!
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Siddique Baksh
Pankaj Desai
Pankaj Desai
The company arranged this course for us. Amit the facilitator passed on the information in a very engaging manner. We all loved it and would recommend this course to everyone. Very helpful information that can help you to save a life.
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Yasir Malik

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