Defensive Driving Course


  • 1hr:  $80.00
  • 5 hrs: $395.00​ 
  • 10 hrs: $795.00 (Save $30, includes free written test)
  • 12 hrs: $955.00 (Save $65, includes free written test and free skills test in customer car)
  • 15 hrs: $1195.00 (Save $105, includes free written test and free skills test in school car)
  • 20 hrs: $1595.00 (Save $210, includes 2 free written tests and free skills test in school car)

Program Overview

  • At Bal Driving School, we are committed to providing a professional and comprehensive driver education program that equips you with the necessary knowledge and skills to become a safe and confident driver. Our tailored advanced driver improvement courses meet court requirements.

  • Upon completion, we provide a school letter, certificate, and clock hours sheet.

  • Suitable for non-moving violations, tickets, reckless driving, aggression, and DUI.

  • A valid permit/license is needed.

  • Lessons use our vehicles for consistency.

  • Enhance your driving skills responsibly with our professional program.

Defensive Driving Course Outline

    • Lesson 1: Rules of the Road and Vehicle Familiarization In this lesson, we will cover the essential rules and regulations of the road. You will become acquainted with your vehicle, including hand signals, identifying blind spots, and understanding the concepts of Path of Travel (POT) and Line of Sight (LOS).
    • Lesson 2: Legal and Safety Stops, Approach to the Curb, and Re-entering Traffic We will focus on legal and safety stops, teaching you the correct techniques for approaching curbs and re-entering traffic. Additionally, we will cover left and right turns, proper lane positioning, and adequate speed control.
    • Lesson 3: Backing Maneuver, On-Street Turns, and 4-Way Stops This lesson will concentrate on mastering the backing maneuver, executing on-street turns, and navigating through 4-way stops and staggered stops safely and confidently.
    • Lesson 4: Uphill and Downhill Parking, On-Street Turns: You will learn the proper techniques for parking on uphill and downhill slopes. Additionally, we will practice on-street turns, refining your skills in navigating different road scenarios.
    • Lesson 5: Roundabouts, Parallel Parking Maneuver, Commentary Driving, and Defensive Searching This lesson covers the intricacies of roundabouts, mastering the parallel parking maneuver, honing your skills in commentary driving, and developing an awareness of potential hazards by implementing defensive searching techniques.
    • Lesson 6: Freeway Driving, Judging Distances, and Lane Changes, Inattentional Blindness We will explore freeway driving, focusing on judging distances, executing lane changes, and addressing the phenomenon of inattentional blindness, which can significantly impact driving safety.
    • Lesson 7: Hill Driving, Sharp Turns, Judging Distances and Lane Changes, Time and Space Management This lesson emphasizes hill driving techniques, navigating sharp turns, improving your ability to judge distances and execute lane changes, and developing adequate time and space management skills.
    • Lesson 8: Navigating Downtown One-Way Streets, Right and Left Turns at Traffic Lights You will learn strategies for safely navigating downtown one-way streets, mastering right and left turns at traffic lights, and understanding the intricacies of traffic flow in urban settings.
    • Lesson 9: Parallel Parking, On-Street Turns We will dedicate this lesson to refining your parallel parking skills and perfecting on-street turns, ensuring you can confidently navigate tight spaces and make precise turns.
    • Lesson 10: Freeway Driving, Judging Distances, Lane Changes, Passing, and Being Passed Building upon your freeway driving skills, this lesson will focus on judging distances, executing safe lane changes, passing other vehicles, and responding appropriately when being passed by other drivers.
    • Lesson 11: Traffic Circle, Backing Maneuver, On-Street Turns, 4-Way Stops, Staggered Stop In this lesson, we will cover navigating traffic circles, practicing the backing maneuver, perfecting on-street turns, and reinforcing your understanding of 4-way stops and staggered stops.
    • Lesson 12: Uphill and Downhill Parking, On-Street Turns, Lane Changes Continuing from earlier studies, you will enhance your uphill and downhill parking abilities, fine-tune on-street turns, and master safe lane changes.
    • Lesson 13: Roundabouts, Approaching the Curb, Re-entering Traffic, Left and Right Turns, Lane Positioning, Speed Control We will revisit roundabouts, reinforcing your understanding of approaching the curb, re-entering traffic, executing left and right turns, maintaining proper lane positioning, and controlling your speed effectively.
    • Lesson 14: Parking Lot Angle and Perpendicular Parking, On-Street Turns This lesson focuses on parking lot techniques, including angle and perpendicular parking. We will also practice on-street turns to refine your overall driving proficiency.
    • Lesson 15: Emergency Maneuvers and Vehicle Maintenance This lesson will focus on teaching emergency maneuvers like evasive steering and braking techniques. Additionally, we’ll cover basic vehicle maintenance tips to ensure your car is in good working condition.
    • Lesson 16: Adverse Weather Conditions and Defensive Driving In this lesson, we will address driving in adverse weather such as rain, snow, and fog. You’ll learn defensive driving strategies to ensure safety in challenging weather conditions.
    • Lesson 17: Advanced Driving Techniques and Situational Awareness You will delve into advanced driving techniques, including handling complex traffic situations, anticipating the actions of other drivers, and maintaining heightened situational awareness for enhanced safety.
    • Lesson 18: Defensive Driving in High-Traffic Urban Areas This lesson will emphasize defensive driving skills in high-traffic urban environments. Topics will include managing congestion, handling intersections, and anticipating the behaviors of pedestrians and cyclists.
    • Lesson 19: Highway Driving and Advanced Lane Changes Explore advanced highway driving techniques, including navigating complex interchanges, merging onto and exiting highways safely, and mastering advanced lane-changing maneuvers for a smoother and safer driving experience.
    • Lesson 20: Final Road Test Preparation In this concluding lesson, we’ll prepare you for the final road test by reviewing key skills, addressing any remaining concerns, and ensuring you are confident and well-prepared for the practical driving examination.

At Bal Driving School, we are committed to providing a professional and comprehensive driver education program that equips you with the necessary knowledge and skills to become a safe and confident driver.


Mount Vernon:
1310 E College Way, Mt Vernon, WA 98273 (Next to Papa Murphy's)

1800 James St #101, Bellingham, WA 98225 (Behind the Ford Dealership)
Mt Vernon:

Operating Hours
Mt Vernon:

Walk-in testing, No appointment necessary

Monday-Friday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Sunday: Closed


Walk-in testing, No appointment necessary except for Drive test

Monday: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Tuesday-Friday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday: By appointment only

Sunday: By appointment only