Despite passing your driver’s license test and being the proud owner of your license, you probably have only a vague idea on what to do in a potentially dangerous driving situation and how to maximize your chances of avoiding an accident. Too often difficult situations in traffic find many of us blank out and at a loss for proper reactions. It doesn’t matter if you have your license for decades, or if you have just earned it, there are courses, both theoretical and hands-on, that teach you just that. For the sake of our safety and others, it can be a good idea to seek out the available courses, and even take a quick test and verify the right answers. You will probably want to start out by looking for an accident avoidance course in your own area, but, to give you a better idea of what to look for, here are 4 courses for accident avoidance that you can check out online.
1. Army Learning Management System – www.lms.army.mil
By far the most popular and prestigious accident avoidance courses, the Army Accident Avoidance Course ( and certificate) offered by the Army Learning Management System (ALMS) is considered a standard in the field and many other institutions simply direct users towards the army’s website for their needs. Unfortunately, at the time of the writing of this article, a huge overhaul of the ALMS is in full swing, with the lms.army.mil being under maintenance between 14th of November and the 24th of November, in order to “update its technology and to support and maintain emerging Army training strategies”. But after the maintenance work is done, the new and improved ALMS 4 promises to bring many new features, including an upgraded user interface, better course navigation, advanced social media integration and revised terminology.
2. BSR – www.accidentavoidance.com
The accident avoidance course provided by driving training veterans BSR is teaches “already-licensed drivers, with six months driving experience, how to handle highway emergencies.” The company claims that after following their courses, graduates will have the opportunity to respond instantaneously and more positively to any driving emergency. The courses take place on four training circuits, that contrast strongly with the parking lots and public roads typically utilized in traditional drivers education and strive for a level of realism that will make the graduate feel as familiar with real high-speed emergency situations as possible. BSR’s courses include “swerve to avoid” manoeuvres at high speed, ocular driving techniques, skid control and recovery practice, the better understanding of vehicle dynamics and off-road recovery among other techniques and methods that one that might just save your life.
3. Tony Scotti’s Vehicle Dynamics – http://vehicledynamics.com/
Tony Scotti’s Vehicle Dynamics Institute overs a large range of driving specialization courses, from protective driving for security experts, to surveillance detection tactics and techniques, as well as a course of accident avoidance. The intensive full day program aims to equip drivers of all ages with skills that are needed to recognize and avoid situations that have the potential to be life-threatening. Marketed towards “young drivers, family members and other non-professional drivers”, the course boasts the use of exercises that are specifically designed to help drivers better understand their own limitations and how to safely operate a vehicle in a wide range of situations and conditions.
4. Accident Avoidance Workshops – www.accidentavoidanceworkshops.org
The Accident Avoidance Workshops is a company specialized in this very field and advertises their accident avoidance course as being a dynamic one, which is constantly evolving, based on their research of crash statistics, thus making sure that the program continues to stay relevant in today’s driving environment. Knowing that drivers only control two dynamics of the vehicle, speed and direction, the course tries to equip the graduate with the sort of skills that will give them “the best chance of surviving a potentially fatal Emergency Driving Condition, by maximizing on the braking and manoeuvrability of their vehicle without losing control of it. In an attempt to make the courses directly and immediately relevant, the student will make use of their own vehicle during the program, to better apply the learned methods to their specific car. The main areas of knowledge that the program insists on are wheels overcorrection, positioning inside the vehicle, lane positioning, distracted driving, parking space navigation, maximizing on manoeuvrability and following distance determination.