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. ​

FMD 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 FMD 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 FMD web page.  These monthly defensive driving topics will be updated and changed in effort to prevent the material from becoming stale.  FMD 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 Division'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 


​2018 Calendar of Defensive Driving Topics ​2019 Calendar of Defensive Driving Topics
January - Understanding Traction Control
January - Winter Driving Survival Guide
February - Four Ways to Avoid a Rear End Collision
February – Car Maintenance
March - Preventing Costly Auto Repair
March – Distracted Driving
April - Merging, Passing and Changing Lanes on a Highway
April - Spring Driving Hazards
May - Avoiding Drowsy Driving
May - Click It or Ticket & Seatbelt Safety
June - Sharing the Road with Motorcycles
June - Safe Driving in Sun Glare
July - Setting Mirrors to Eliminate Blind Zones

August - Proper Following Distance
September - Back to School Traffic Safety

October - Driving in a Lightning Storm
November - Adjusting to the Time Change
December - Dangers of Driving on Wet Leaves