M1 Teen Defensive Driving Experience


M1 Teen Defensive Driving Experience

The M1 Concourse Teen Defensive Driving School is designed to teach novice drivers how to effectively navigate a variety of hazardous, real-world driving conditions.

Our curriculum integrates a number of hands-on, advanced training exercises where teens will learn crucial skills that may one day, save their lives. The program focuses on teaching skills and behaviors that go far beyond what drivers learn from a standard driver’s education course.

Students are taught by professional instructors who use their skills and experiences, learned through years of professional driving, to teach the principles of defensive driving on the road.

Our program is targeted towards new and novice drivers, but is equally valuable to those with more experience. Parents are welcome to register and participate alongside their son of daughter. Teenagers with a temporary permit and some driving experience are also eligible to attend.

All activities and drills are conducted in a controlled and safe environment.


Students will be taught the necessary elements to prepare them to handle an emergency situation when behind the wheel of a vehicle. Skills learned include:

  • Proper seating position, hand placement and mirror adjustments to help eliminate blind spots
  • Visual techniques to increase viewing distance
  • Vehicle dynamics and weight management


Participants will get behind the wheel of "skid cars", vehicles equipped with a hydraulic dolly lift system, to simulate real-world, low-traction conditions. Students will learn why skids and spins happen, how to avoid them, and how to recover in order to prevent an accident. Skills learned include:

  • How to react and stay calm during a skid
  • Where to look and what to look for during a skid
  • Proper control of the accelerator and brake during a skid
  • How and where to steer the vehicle


Students will be exposed to emergency road situations where initial braking may not be an option. They will learn the maneuvers necessary to avoid an accident and then get the vehicle stopped in the shortest possible distance, all while maintaining control of the vehicle. Skills learned include:

  • Improved reaction time and decision making in emergency situations
  • The importance of hand speed to get control of the vehicle during the initial stages of accident avoidance
  • Where to focus visual attention to avoid or respond to an emergency situation safely
  • Understanding the relationship between the steering wheel and brake pedal in maintaining maximum vehicle control


Students will learn effective braking techniques, including:

  • Stopping in the shortest possible distance
  • Maximizing the use of ABS - Antilock Braking System
  • How to brake and turn to avoid an obstacle

Overview of the day

The M1 Concourse Teen Defensive Driving Experience is ideally suited for:

  • New and novice drivers
  • Drivers that have been in an accident or are looking to avoid potential accidents
  • Drivers that have received a moving violation
  • Parents accompanying their sons or daughters who would like to learn the same valuable skillset