6 Things to Help Prepare You For Your Defensive Driving Course

traffic lessonsA defensive driving class, sometimes called traffic lessons, aims to strengthen driving skills, reiterate traffic rules, and teach tactics on how to be safer behind the wheel. Unlike a beginner driving course, when you take traffic lessons you are expected to already have your license. People take defensive driving courses for a variety of reasons, some of which may include:

Even as an adult, it’s important to continue learning about driving safety. After all, the leading cause of injury and death in the workplace is motor vehicle collisions, and the cost of just one accident could be as high as $1.4 million.

How to Prepare For Your Course

  1. Know the rules in your state. Traffic lessons may vary depending on where you live, so make sure you do research about the required amount of hours, time frame, and type of course allowed in your state.
  2. Find a driving school location near you. Classes are also offered online so you can choose the method that works best with your schedule.
  3. Expect to spend between six to eight hours in the course. Some courses are shorter and some are longer, depending on the state requirements. Online courses typically allow you to complete the course in sessions as long as it’s completed within the given time period.
  4. Anticipate having to take at least one quiz during the course. Quizzes allow you the trainer to ensure you’re learning the material. Most courses do not have a final exam at the end, but it varies from state to state.
  5. Make sure it satisfies all of your requirements. If you’re taking the course because it was ordered by a judge, check with the court to make sure you don’t need to take a specific course. For some violations, an online course will not be accepted. Non-moving violations cannot be removed by a defensive driving course. You also cannot take a defensive driving course to remove points from a DWI or DUI. For these violations, you may be required to take a specific driving course.
  6. Be prepared. If you’re going to be sitting in a classroom for 8 hours, make sure you get enough sleep so you’ll be able to focus the entire time. Bring any required materials, including your license, insurance information, and anything given to you by a judge. Additionally, bring water and a lunch or snacks with you.

Some people think that after they’ve gotten their license, they no longer need to learn about driving safety. But while it varies among states and age groups, it’s been clearly shown that fatality and accidents rates decrease among drivers who take defensive driving courses. Traffic lessons can be a great way to enhance your driving skills and ensure you’re being as safe and as responsible as possible while driving.

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