Pro-Active (defensive) Driving Workshop: (optional in-vehicle evaluation)

Course Description:
Pro-Active (defensive) Driving Workshop (PADW): optional in-vehicle evaluation.
CLICK HERE to Download PADW Student Registration Form
Register early:
download Student Registration form, complete and send back to OSL. 
(No on-line registration available at this time: coming soon!)
Due to COVID-19 and Provincial restrictions we currently are operating at 50% capacity.
We are taking bookings for our November 28th course and beyond. 
Under Covid-19 requirements we will restrict group sizes (smaller class size) and require the use of PPE.
These requirements will create the need for additional classes to help reduce backlog.
See additional dates below.
This in-class ‘defensive driving’ course is based on the role of driver attitude in determining and affecting driving behavior. The focus of this course is to allow the participants to discover their driving attitude and the effect it has on the way they handle themselves while driving, thereby, allowing them to make the necessary positive changes to their driving habits.
In-vehicle evaluations are conducted in a vehicle provided by the student, i.e. own, family or rented vehicle. 
Vehicle MUST be roadworthy (working lights, no cracked windshield) and have current insurance/ sticker. 
Student must have a current, valid driver’s license and be ‘fit-to-drive’ (no obvious signs of drugs or alcohol)
A pre-Trip circle check will be conducted by the student.
Please check our Registration, Cancellation and No-show policy below.
Under new Covid19 requirements PPE will likely be required.

Who Should Attend

Any licensed driver interested in improving his/her driving performance. Candidates who have been recommended by the Ontario courts or their paralegal.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, graduates will be able to:

  • Understand how your attitude affects your driving;
  • Identify and evaluate your current driving patterns and where needed, learn ways to change them;
  • Understand Provincial traffic laws, by-laws and local traffic issues and problems;
  • Understand the magnitude of traffic collision problems;
  • Understand the concept of the preventability of a crash and defensive driving techniques;
  • Understand the role alcohol and drugs play in traffic collisions;
  • Understand the risks involved by distracted or irresponsible driver behavior;
  • Understand the importance of the proper use of seat-belts and child restraints;
  • Understand the effects of driving when drowsy;
  • Understand the personal liability and professional risks associated with driving.


Interactive classroom with formal and informal instruction, discussion and work-groups. (optional In-Vehicle Evaluation: 25 mins assessment)

Option 1 – Pro Active Driving Workshop, classroom only portion.

Fee: $ 185+HST (2021 $195)

Option 2 – Pro Active Driving Workshop plus In-Vehicle Evaluation.

Fee: $ 295+HST. (2021 $305)

In-Vehicle Evaluation is Saturday after workshop (between 3.15 to 5.15). However, due to high volumes and  limited resources some students may have to return on the Sunday afternoon (between 3.15 and 5.15) or at an agreed time during the following week.


Ontario Safety league- Pro Active Driving Workshop laminated wallet card, (includes: name, workshop name, certificate number and date of completion.)

Location: 2595 Skymark Ave., Suite 212, Mississauga, ON, L4W 4L5; Ph: 905-625-0556;
Duration: One (1) day; 9:00 am 3:15 pm (10 min break in morning & in afternoon; 30 min lunch break)
(Course starts promptly at 9 am. Arrive 15 mins early to sign-in)
(All in-vehicle evaluations will be conducted after the in-class portion between 3.15 and 5.15 pm)

Course Dates (for your convenience courses are on Saturdays)

2020: Planned: Nov 28 & Dec 19
2021: Jan 30, Feb 27, Mar 27, Apr 24, May 29, Jun 26, Jul 31, Aug 28, Sep 25, Oct 30, Nov 27 & Dec 18
Fee  $195.00 + HST (materials Included); 
(Optional In-Vehicle Evaluation is $110+HST)
PADW Cancellation & No-Show Policy: 100% attendance is mandatory)
Students must show up on time for in-class and in-vehicle elements of the training, or they may be turned away. 
Cancellation 2 weeks prior to start of course; a $100 admin fee per person will apply.
Cancellation 1 week prior to start of course; a $100 admin fee or 50% of full course fee (whichever is the greater) per person will apply.
A ‘Re-booking‘ fee of $80+HST will be required before the student can be registered for the next course or another in-vehicle session. Failure to show up the second time will result in student being cancelled off our register.
The full price will be charged for any future dates.
NB!  CORPORATE workshops:
This course can be customized and offered to companies at a location of their choice for their employees only. 
Please contact our office to discuss and for a quotation.

 Additional Information on ProActive Driving:


(with thanks to Canada Safety Council)

Definition: Defensive Driving is controlling a vehicle so as to prevent/avoid collisions despite the (unsafe) actions of others and the surrounding (adverse) conditions.

Principles of the defensive/proactive attitude:

1. KNOWLEDGE: of traffic laws and safe & responsible practices

2. ALERTNESS: in attending to the constantly changing traffic conditions

3. FORESIGHT: in anticipating and predicting unsafe actions of other drivers

4. JUDGMENT: in making decisions of least risk

5. SKILL: in adjusting to changing conditions of the total traffic scene

A PREVENTABLE collision is one in which a driver failed to do everything reasonable and possible to prevent it. Did the driver make an error in any of the above elements of proactive driving.

Standard Collision Prevention Formula

Recognize the Hazard …..

  • 6 positions of a collision
  • 6 conditions of driving
  • collision traps

Know the Defense …..

  • space management
  • visual search pattern
  • evasive manoeuvres

Act in Time …..

  • speed control
  • space cushion “escape route”
  • decisive action

Driver Fitness

For these considerations to work all the time, the driver must be “fit” for the driving task.

  • mentally alert
  • visually attentive
  • emotionally in control
  • socially co-operative
  • legally responsible