Defensive Driving Monthly Topics

The purpose of the Defensive Driving program is to provide the agencies with a mechanism which will promote good defensive driving techniques and help ensure the safety of our state vehicle operators.  By participating in this monthly program, Fleet hopes that agencies can influence the way drivers think when behind the wheel driving a state asset.   This program is intended to fill the gap on those years where BRIM doesn’t offer their program.  BRIM provides defensive driving to all state employees every three years.  A percentage of state drivers must complete the BRIM course in order to receive a discount on your agencies premium. ​

FMO defensive driving program is designed to give agencies a continuous learning format that consists of 10 to 15 minutes of material each month that can be viewed or downloaded from our web page.  The idea is to have your drivers review and discuss that month’s defensive driving topic.   Whether your agency has a monthly meeting or drivers review the material on their own, is left to the agency.

Before operating a state vehicle, one must watch the video developed by the Insurance Commission and review FMO Rule 148 sections 8.1 General Responsibility and section 9.1 Permissible Uses.  Your agency might have additional and or more stringent requirements. ​

For reinforcement, a driver must review/discuss the defensive driving monthly topic found on FMO web page.  These monthly defensive driving topics will be updated and changed in effort to prevent the material from becoming stale.  FMO also has a web blog site for those state employee drivers who do not have access to video websites such as YouTube or Vimeo, and serves as an archive for the Defensive Driving Topics Program.  Click on this link to go to the Archives web blog:  WV Fleet Management Office's Defensive Driving Topics.


Distracted Driving - How Much Could a Call or Text Really Cost Your Organization 

The Official US Government Website for Distracted Driving 

CDC's information on Injury Prevention and Control: Motor Vehicle Safety

Insurance Commission and Fleet Management - Safe Driving Video 


​2017 Calendar of Defensive Driving Topics ​2018 Calendar of Defensive Driving Topics
January - What Do I Do If I Get Into A Car Accident January - Understanding Traction Control
February - What to Do If Your Brakes Go Out February - Four Ways to Avoid a Rear End Collision
March - What You Should Do if you Hydroplane March - Preventing Costly Auto Repair
​April - How to Survive A Tire Blowout April - Merging, Passing and Changing Lanes on a Highway
May - Operation Lifesaver: It's Your Call
May - Avoiding Drowsy Driving
June - Just Drive - Work Zone Smart June - Sharing the Road with Motorcycles
July - Is Hands-Free Really Safe? July - Setting Mirrors to Eliminate Blind Zones
August - Driving in Bad Weather ​August - Proper Following Distance
September - School Bus Safety and What Drivers Need to Do September - Back to School Traffic Safety
October - Driving While Sleepy October - Driving in a Lightning Storm
November - Inspecting Your Vehicle Before and After a Road Trip ​November - Adjusting to the Time Change
December - Holiday Travel Safety ​December - Dangers of Driving on Wet Leaves