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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).

Motor Vehicle Safety

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 Area Orientation Brief / Inter-cultural Relations Class (AOB/ICR). A written examination will be conducted after the lecture is completed.

AOB/ICR is a pre-requisite to obtain a SOFA-sponsored Driver's License at CFAY. For more information on AOB/ICR, please visit the CFAY Welcome Aboard page.  

Free study guide booklets are available for download. 

AAA Driver Improvement Program (DIP)

Location:  Bldg. #J-196, 2nd Floor CFAY Safety Training Room
Time:  8 a.m. - 4 p.m. with a one-hour break
Registration:  ESAMS  (AAA DIP Online Registration Guide)

- Class start time is 8 a.m. Students are asked 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.  Childcare 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

Click here to learn how to register.

Important Links

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


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