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Defensive Driving

Defensive Driving

The NYSUT Member Benefits Corporation-endorsed Defensive Driving Program is sponsored through the National Safety Council (Please note that the UFT offers its own Defensive Driving classes for UFT members).

Benefits of Defensive Driving Program:
1. If you are the principal operator of a vehicle, you will receive a minimum 10% reduction in the base rate of your auto liability and collision insurance premiums each year for three years.

2. You may receive a reduction of up to four points on your driving record.

You may take the course as often as you wish, but you may take it only once every three years for insurance reduction benefits, and once every 18 months for point reduction.

How to Access the Program:
NYSUT members and their families who are licensed in New York state can take this course online at Member Benefits-reduced price of $21.95 per person -- a savings of $18 per course fee.

Before you can participate online and receive the discounted pricing, you need to get the unique NYSUT Member Benefits Access Code.

To retrieve this code, click here to log in to the Member Center, click here to log in to the Member Center. You can also call Member Benefits at 800-626-8101 weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST) to get the Member Benefits Access Code.

If you already have the access code, click here to access the National Safety Council online course.

Please note that each family member will need to register for and take the course separately.



The defensive driving course is good for 30 days from purchase. There is a bookmarking feature, so you can take breaks between sessions and come back to the course whenever you want. The course uses Flash Player; it is easy to view and works smoothly even through a 56k+ modem. There is a multiple-choice test at the end that is not timed. You may retake the test at no additional charge.

Upon successful completion of this course, an official National Safety Council Certificate of Completion will be mailed to you the next business day. Your successful completion status will also be electronically transmitted to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. If you are eligible, the NYSDMV will automatically apply the point reduction to your driving record.

The online site provides options for new student registration and returning student (course already in progress). New students will need the NYSUT Member Benefits Access Code to receive the discounted pricing and to register for the online course.

Click here to view Frequently Asked Questions about the online course.

Please Note: The Northeastern New York Safety & Health Council, Regional Agency & Chapter of National Safety Council can offer the DDC 6-NY classroom course for your group on site. Course fee is $30 per person and a minimum of 15 people is required. For more information, contact Lisa Marcella at 800-427-2365 or lisam@nycap.rr.com.