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Traffic Safety

The CFAY Safety Department offers a variety of classes designed to help you stay safe on the road.  Whether you're a first-time driver, a cyclist, or you just want to improve on your driving skills, we have something for you!


Bicycle Safety

A bicycle is considered as "a vehicle", not "a pedestrian", while you are riding under the Japanese Road and Traffic Law.  It is very important to understand and follow the traffic rules and regulations as well as use proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

CFAY General Bicycling Safety Tips, English version (PDF)
CFAY General Bicycling Safety Tips, Japanese version 日本語版 (PDF)
How to inspect your bicycle helmet, English version (PDF)
How to inspect your bicycle helmet, Japanese version 日本語版 (PDF) 

Motor Vehicle Safety

15-Passenger Vans/Mini Buses
To operate a Government Owned Vehicle (GOV) with 11 passengers and above including a driver in Japan, an OF-346 for the buses is required.  Contact CFAY Drivers License Office for more information. 

Traffic Trainings

Local Hazard Course

This class, facilitated by the CFAY Safety Department, will familiarize new arrivals with local Japanese driving laws/regulations, traffic signs and customs. This course immediately follows the AOB/ICR. A written examination will be conducted after the lecture is completed.

A pre-requisite to obtaining a Driver's License at CFAY is proof of attendance at the Area Orientation Brief / Inter-cultural Relations Class (AOB/ICR). AOB/ICR is offered every week. AOB/ICR is facilitated by the Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) and for registration, contact FFSC as 243-3372.

The study guide booklets are available for download from the Driver's License tab and are available at the Driver's License Office any time if you prefer to check out one for your study.

AAA Driver Improvement Program (DIP)

Location:  Bldg. #J-196, 2nd Floor CFAY Safety Training Room
Time:  0800 thru 1600 with 1 hour recess
Registration:  ESAMS  (AAA DIP Online Registration Guide)

- Class start time is 08:00. Advise students to arrive 15 minutes early to start the class on time.
- All students must attend 100% of the class at one time. Anyone who requires an excuse from any part of the class must have a proven emergency to complete the course in sections.
- Maximum class size is 10 personnel
- Children are not permitted in this class.  Child care must be arranged in advance.

Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Courses

Basic Rider Course (BRC), 16 hours, 2 days
Experienced Rider Course (ERC), 8 hours, 1 day
Military Sports Rider Course (MSRC), 8 hours, 1 day

Location:  USARJ Yokohama North Dock
Registration:  ESAMS

Contact the Safety Office for Details. 243-7354 or 243-2471.


Appropriate Footwear for Driving (PDF)
How To Read Tire Manufacture Date (PDF)


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