Night Driving

According to research, traffic death rates are three times greater at night than during the day.  This defensive night driving course will equip you with the necessary skill to safely operate your vehicle at night when VISIBILITY is limited.

Many of us are unaware of night driving’s hazards or don’t know how to effectively deal with these hazards.  Driving at night is more of a challenge than many people think.  It’s also more dangerous.

It sounds obvious, but when driving at night, your ability to see ahead, and the ability of other road users to see you, is reduced.


This course comprises of a theoretical session followed by practical on road driving with an instructor carefully watching every manoeuver.


(1.5 hours. To be conducted in lecture room)

☉ What is a hazard?
☉ System of vehicle control
S I P D E system:                      

☉ Commentary driving
☉ Reaction time
☉ Following distance
☉ Stopping distance
☉ Braking distance
☉ Sense of acceleration
☉ Speed according to circumstances


☉ Dangers of night driving:
✓ Decreased Visibility
✓ Depth Perception /  Peripheral Vision
✓ Colour Recognition
✓ Distance judging /  Speed judging
✓ Over-driving headlights
✓ Driver fitness & fatigue

☉ Method over overtaking at night
☉ How do our eyes work?
☉ Guidelines for night driving
☉ Headlights : Dim / Bright / Xenon Lights


☉ Vehicle Inspection – exterior & interior
☉ Seating Position
☉ Correct steering position


☉ Brake distance recognition (ABS)
Vehicle control
Increasing awareness through the S I P D E system
Correct following & stopping distances
Overtaking at night
Application of brakes, gears & clutch
Use of mirrors & indicators
Blind spot checks / Avoiding driving in other vehicle’s blind spots
Steering and cornering techniques

In-car instruction – NIGHT DRIVING:

☉ Dangers of night driving:
☉ Decreased Visibility
☉ Depth Perception  /  Peripheral Vision
☉ Colour Recognition
☉ Distance judging  /  Speed judging
☉ Over-driving headlights
☉ Method over overtaking at night
☉ Headlights : Applying Dim / Bright
☉ Xenon Lights
Sense of acceleration

Debrief and Certification

Duration:                      After sunset – Theory, followed by practical

Vehicles provided:      VW Polo Vivo 1.6

Cost per person:          Price will be based on the number of people attending per day
Minimum 6 students
Maximum 12 students
(Download our price list under DOWNLOADS)

Venue:                         Your premises

Certification:              Competence certificate (valid for two years) will be issued to candidates by approved ETDP-SETA qualified Assessors.