NIVD’s In-car programs are one and two-day training courses and awareness clinics that expose newly licensed drivers to including Learner’s permit drivers to stressful driving situations in a safe training environment.

In a heavily concentrated session, students will gain the behind-the-wheel experience they need to become proficient in vehicle control, and respond to collision avoidance situations.

The 8 Hour In-Car Training Day

Begins with a two-hour classroom session to introduce students to important driving concepts and techniques.

Afterward, classroom sessions will be interspersed with six hours of behind-the-wheel training with experienced instructors.

Awareness Program Curriculum Two day event:

Day One: 90 minute lecture

Day Two: 2-four hour in-car sessions.

Awareness Clinics can accommodate up to 150 parents and young drivers.  To request our clinic at your local high school and communities’ venues.   Email for more information at:

Groups of three students will be paired with each in-car instructor to run through a series of on-road exercises.

The objective of behind-the-wheel training is to cement the principles learned in the classroom through in-car practical exercises.

Advanced driving fundamentals are ingrained into each student’s driving habits through repetition and the development of smooth applications to the vehicle’s controls. The behind the wheel experience will reduce incidents of panic in an emergency situation.

In this way, each student’s instinctual response to a dangerous driving situation is “rewired” so he or she can react appropriately to unexpected emergency situations.

With advanced driver training, driver’s responses become second nature to control an emergency situation, reducing incidents of bodily injury with the vehicle’s safety technology features.

The Training Exercises

For each exercise, the in-car instructor first demonstrates the techniques to the students on the course before they attempt it themselves.

First, the instructor conducts the exercise at slow speed, making it easy for students to understand the dynamics and driving techniques.

Next, the instructor demonstrates the different exercises at the course’s regulated speeds.

The maximum speed for the highway portion of the training course is 65 MPH. The highway course allows students to experience how to handle their vehicle at true-to-life speeds in a controlled environment with a professional instructor.

Our instructors are trained to drive a car from the passenger side of the vehicle and perform all training exercises from the right front seat in order to be certified to teach Drive2Survive’s® advanced driver training maneuvers.

Once all students in the car understand a given driving exercise, they each get a chance to move into the driver’s seat to practice it themselves.

Students are given the opportunity to repeat each exercise until the in-car instructor feels that they have mastered it, time permitting.


NIVD’s Advanced Driver Training Programs and vehicles have been approved by Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA).

The Company offers classroom instruction and in-car training programs at least once a month.

  Classroom / In-car Programs
Drive2Survive’s® programs teach new and experienced drivers necessary skills to anticipate unexpected emergency situations to minimize collisions and bodily injury in the event of a crash.

The training sessions will cover situations drivers never learned in basic driver education.

Classroom discussions are led by state certified, knowledgeable instructors with a background in training law enforcement officers to drive in emergency response situations and under other stressful conditions.
Classroom discussions focus on vehicles, road characteristics and driver behavior—areas that conventional programs overlook.

NIVD's Proprietary projected multimedia presentation is a key part of the classroom curriculum. Using digital animation, the presentation demonstrates what happens to a vehicle during weight transfer, braking and other vehicle dynamics that are commonly involved in hazardous maneuvers on the road.

The presentation ensures consistency in the instruction of every classroom session and better understanding of training techniques.
  Presentation Topics Will Include

Vehicle dynamics – the reasons that moving vehicles react the way they do.

Natural driver reactions and how to alter these behaviors so that drivers are safer and more effective behind the wheel.

Communication between car and driver – properly operating the steering wheel and the brakes in an unexpected emergency.

The four deadly mistakes drivers make in emergency situations:

  1. Bad off-road recovery
  2. Improper eye targeting
  3. Improperly handling skids
  4. Improper braking, even with anti-lock braking systems (ABS)

The following advanced driving skills are taught during in-car training:

  • Blended Braking & Steering
  • Ocular Driving
  • Skid Management & Recovery
  • Maintaining Vehicle Stability
  • Emergency Stopping
  • Managing Low Traction Surfaces
  Merging in Traffic
Skills are taught on low tractions surface with multiple vehicles.  These exercises help new drivers understand the importance of the defensive driving skills and use of their eyes to avoid a collision.
  The Driver Training Facility

Facilities being used by NIVD are dedicated closed, safe training environments which are required to perform this level behind the wheel education.

The Highway Skills Development Training: Expose novice and experienced drivers to simulated emergency situations in a safe true-to–life training environment.

The facility’s varied geometry includes 1/4 mile straight-away, reverse curves, decreasing radius curves, and "broken-back" curves.

Pavement surfaces vary with asphalt and concrete for a bridge simulation, chip seal, and graded aggregate.

Safety is critically important, and large pavement widths allow driver correction as well as recoverable slopes in lieu of a guardrail.

Skills Exercises: Allows students to learn driver and vehicle limitation in confined spaces. Vehicle placement is stressed during all phases of this training.

Skid Exercises: Exposes students to correction techniques for, over-steer, under-steer, all-wheel skid, proper braking on low traction surfaces with and without anti-lock braking system (ABS).

NIVD’S training vehicle is the Scion tC.  Safety features are:

  • 3-point in all seating positions
  • Front pre-tensioners and force limiters
  • Headrests in all 5 positions
  Impact Absorbing Rigid Body Structure
  • Crumple zones
  • Side-impact door beams
  • Steel roof structure
  Active Safety
  • Tire pressure monitor
  • Anti-lock Braking System w/ EBD
  • Instructor side brake
  • Dual-stage driver and front passenger airbags
  • Driver-side knee airbag
  • Driver and front passenger seat-bolster side airbags
  • Driver front and rear side curtain airbags
  • Front diagonal truss