• Eaton Defensive Driving
     
     

    The Eaton Proving Ground facility has authorized Kalamazoo RESA to host the Defensive Driving class with dates in June, July and August 2017. We will post the 2018 training schedule as soon as possible in 2018. Typically the class schedule is set by late March. If you have any questions please contact Diane at diane.thompson@kresa.org 

     
     
     
     
    2017 Class Date Enrollment Status:
     
     Status  Class Date           
     Status  Class Date          
     Status  Class Date
    FULL  6/10/2017   FULL  7/15/2017   FULL  8/5/2017
    FULL  6/24/2017   FULL
     7/29/2017    FULL
     8/19/2017
     
    Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency in cooperation with Eaton Corporation Proving Grounds, Marshall Michigan, has sponsored Defensive Driving training programs for school bus drivers since 1978. Drivers with one or more years of driving experience are eligible to participate. Training sessions training dates vary each year depending on the facility availability. Generally classes are offered from June -August with class beginning at 7:45 am on Saturdays. 
     
    Eaton Proving Grounds is a secure facility, thus drivers will remain on the grounds during the training session. Drivers must provide picture identification and their own sack lunch. Drivers successfully completing this course are eligible to receive their 6-hour Certificate of Continuing Education card, if they have not previously obtained a certificate from this program. An abbreviated version of the current Continuing Education curriculum is presented in a classroom setting.
     
    Bus drivers receive behind the wheel training in small groups.
     
    The exercises include:
    Serpentine Forward and Backward
    Evasive Maneuver
    Straight Braking
    Off Road Recovery
    Skid Control
     
     
    This is a very popular program and classes fill as registrations arrive on a first come first serve basis. We can not reserve a training date without the completed registration being submitted. Registration are submitted by email, mail or fax. The participant fee for the program is $70 for school personnel (bus drivers, mechanics, etc.) for non-school personnel ( i.e., police, fire, ambulance personnel, ect.) the fee is $80.  Failure to cancel by June 2, 2017 will result in being charged the full fee for the program. It is recommended that you submit the completed registration form as soon as possible. You will receive a confirmation memo by email with your assigned training date. A map to the Eaton Proving Ground facility located at 19218 B Drive South Marshall MI 49068 is provided below.