Defensive Driving Course

The Defensive Driving Course is a required course to use Motor Pool vehicles or to rent a vehicle using NU insurance. See the Approved Drivers page for policy information. Click here for a list of certified drivers.

The Defensive Driving Course is an interactive computer program that covers defensive driving techniques.

In Evanston:

  • The Defensive Driving Course can be taken in Evanston on Monday through Friday at the Office of Risk Management at the following times: 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
  • The Office of Risk Management is located at 2020 Ridge Avenue (just north of Foster Street) on the 2nd floor, Suite 240.
  • Individuals must bring a valid driver's license.
  • Individuals are required to have held a valid driver's license for at least two years.
  • To register to take the course, click here to sign up for a time.
  • The Computer Training certifies an individual to drive NU insured vehicles for 2 years and takes approximately one hour to complete.
  • If you have any questions about the Defensive Driving Course, you can call (847) 491-3253 or email risk-ddc@northwestern.edu.

In Chicago:

  • The Defensive Driving Course can be taken in Chicago on Monday through Friday at Motor Pool Services at the Facilities Management Office at the following times: 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Motor Pool Services is located on the 15th floor of 345 E Superior Street, Chicago.
  • Individuals must bring a valid driver's license.
  • Individuals are required to have held a valid driver's license for at least two years.
  • To register to take the course, click here to sign up for a time.
  • The Computer Training certifies an individual to drive NU insured vehicles for 2 years and takes approximately one hour to complete.
  • If you have any questions about the Defensive Driving Course, you can call Facilities Management Customer Service at (312) 503-8000 or email  fm@northwestern.edu.

Instructions for Signing Up for the Golf Cart Course

  • The Golf Cart Course is only available on the Evanston campus.
  • Sign up online, as you would for the Defensive Driving Course, but include “Golf Cart” after your name, so that we know who will be taking the Golf Cart Course.
  • Only one student per time slot may take the Golf Cart Course.
  • If you are signing up to take both courses, please indicate that in the Comment section.