Defensive Driving Schools

List to the left are defensive driving schools in New York State.

To find a school in your area look in your phone book under Driving Instruction.

Classroom Course Information

The NY defensive classroom course is offered in one or more classroom sessions.

Attendance of all sessions is mandatory. There is no requirement for a form test to complete the course.

You must have a valid drivers license to take the defensive driving course.

Topics Covered in the Class
Below are a few of the topics covered in a NY Defensive Driving Classes.

  • Societal and Personal Losses from Traffic Crashes
  • Traffic Crash Statistics
  • Highway Safety History
  • DWI
  • Effects of Speeding
  • Young Drivers
  • Aggressive Driving
  • Road Rage
  • Driving While Drowsy
  • Traits of a Good Driver
  • New York Cellular Phone Law
  • Crash Dynamics
  • Safety Belts
  • Child Restraints
  • Two-Second Rule
  • Reducing Speed on Wet Roads
  • Safe Winter Driving Tips
  • Driving Around Pedestrians
  • Tips for Drivers About Bicycles

These are a just a few of the topics covered in a NY DMV approved defensive driving course.

Driving Schools offering Defensive Driving Classes in NY

There are driving schools throughout the State of New York that teach you how to drive (behind the wheel training) and offer classes including Defensive Driving.

The New York Defensive Driving Course is also known as PIRP, Point and Insurance Reduction Program.

Driving Schools commonly offer the class on Saturday. The course is 6 hours and usually broken into two sessions before and after lunch.

The cost of the Classroom version of Defensive Driving is between $50 and $65.

Note that the Online Defensive Driving Course is around $35 and you can complete the course on your schedule.

Below are a few of the Driving Schools that offer the Defensive Driving class.


Driving Center of New York

1551 Second Avenue, 2nd Fl.
New York, NY 10028
(btwn. 80th & 81st Sts.)

The Driving Center of New York offers Beginner and Advanced driving lessons, the 5 hour Pre Licensing Class, Road Test Services, and Point and Insurance Reduction Program.

Professional Driving School of the Americas

40 East 23rd St.
(Between Park & Madison Ave.)
2nd Flr. New York, NY 10010
(212) 375-1111

Services provided by Professional Driving School of the Americas:

  • Learners Permit Service
  • Driving Lessons - automatic transmission, stick shift, motorcycle
  • Vespa Program - learn to ride and get your motorcycle license
  • Road Test Appointments
  • Point and Insurance Reduction Course

Ferrari Driving School

Defensive driving course in Classroom in Queens
32-32 Steinway Street
Astoria, NY 11103
(718) 278-6679

The Ferrari Driving School has locations in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens and offers driving classes, motorcycle training, CDL training, and Defensive Driving classes.

Courses are available in English and Spanish.

Golden Crown Driving School

185 Chatterton Avenue
White Plains, NY 10606
(914) 949-0419

Golden Crown Driving School has offices in White Plains, Shrub Oak (Yorktown), and Mount Kisco.

Classes offered include behind the wheel driving classes, the NY 5-Hour Pre-Licensing class (MV-278), and the Defensive Driving Class.

Fast Track Driving School

145 West 14th Street, Basement
NY, NY 10011-7310

Fast Track Driving School provides the following NY DMV Approved driving classes:

  • Automatic Car Lessons by the hour or package deal up to 30 hours
  • Road Test Appointments - 1 to 4 weeks, 5 to 7 weeks, 8 to 10 weeks
  • A Road Test Car
  • 5 Hour Pre Licensing Course
  • 6 Hour Defensive Driving Course

Fast Track Driving School is open Monday through Saturday and offers the Defensive Driving Class on every other Monday from 4:30pm to 10:30pm