Defensive Driving Course

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Did you know there are over 253 million cars on the road with 1.3 million accidents resulting in death each year? With numbers like these, driving safely should be our top priority.  The defensive driving courses at Gaston College are designed with this need in mind and offered in cooperation with the Safety & Health Council of North Carolina.  Each class has been developed for a specific need or age group.  Whether you are a young driver wanting to improve your skills, or have received a ticket or court order, we have a class for you.

Knowing Your Options

Gaston College offers three unique defensive driving courses to fit your needs. We are not responsible for determining eligibility for either course. If you are unsure of the class you are signing up for, you should refer back to the office instructing you to take the course.  Please note: if you have received a ticket or court order, you will be directed as to which class to take. Gaston College cannot make that determination. If you are uncertain, please contact the courthouse or your attorney. Registration and payment must be made no later than 24 hours before a class begins.

Attitudinal Driving Dynamics (ADD-8)

This interactive course focuses on making choices about driving and can be taken to satisfy court or attorney ordered eight-hour classes and requirements for states that mandate more than four hours in a defensive driving course. 

Alive at 25 (for ages 16-24)

The overall purpose of this course is to help young drivers choose safe driving practices, take responsibility for their behavior, and be aware of the typical driving hazards.

Defensive Driving Course (DDC-4)

This informative course can be taken to increase your safe driving techniques, satisfy court or attorney ordered classes and requirements for states that mandate four hours in a defensive driving course. 

Begin Your Safe Driving Training Today!

To register for any of the classes above, please complete Step 1 and Step 2 below. Once you’ve answered the questions in Step 1, click Submit, close the document, and proceed to Step 2.  For more information such as dates, times, locations, what to bring, and/or questions, please contact us at


Step 1:  Select the following link to begin registration.

Step 2:  Select the following link to complete registration and payment.

Refund Policy

If a student officially drops from a class or classes before the 10 percent date of the class(es), a 75 percent tuition refund will be given for the class(es) dropped. A 100% refund will be made if the student drops from the class prior to the class start date. No refunds will be given after the 10 percent date. If a course fails to materialize, refunds are automatically processed. (The refund policy is subject to change. Refunds of tuition will be issued in accordance with the current state and college policy.)


To request a refund or transfer within our refund policy guidelines, please email or call 704-922-6232.