CINCINNATI - Cintas Corp. is offering free online defensive driving training to businesses through Feb. 28. 

The training focuses on developing safe driving practices and preventing distractions that can cause drivers to lose focus. Part of Cintas' first aid/safety training and compliance division, the online course catalog also includes training on first-aid and CPR, fire extinguisher use, automatic external defibrillator (AED) use and other safety topics.

"In 2009, nearly 34,000 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States," said David Bingham, director of AEDs and training for Cintas. "So it is extremely important that companies spend the time and the resources to train their employees on defensive driving techniques that they can use whether they are delivering goods and services to their customers or simply driving to and from work."

Cintas' training includes online, classroom and compliance programs taught by OSHA-certified trainers to help companies comply with OSHA standards and enhance workplace safety training. Cintas also offers Blueprints for Safety, its step-by-step compliance and safety system that delivers programs developed by certified safety and health professionals.

To sign up for the free defensive driving course, visit