Texas Defensive Driving Courses
Taking a defensive driving course in Texas isn't a bad idea however you look at it. Here are just a few reasons to consider it:
- To remove points from your record
- To get better rates on your insurance
- To fulfill a requirement placed on you by the DMV or a traffic court
- Simply to make you a better, safer driver
Whether you're here because you want to be or you have to be, you may find that the course is a lot easier to get through than expected.
Providers of Texas Defensive Driving Courses
In Texas, you complete Texas defensive driving courses at a TEA (Texas Education Agency) approved online provider, or you complete it in person at a commercial driving school.
Whether to attend offline or off is up to you. When you take the course online, you can work it into your day as and when you can do it. You can take a break and come back to a hard part later, for instance. You may be required to complete it within a specified amount of time (usually within six months), but you can set your own hours.
Studying in person offers advantages for those who are hands-on learners.
Types of Texas Traffic Course
Texas offers a variety of traffic school courses, including courses on the following
- Texas traffic law
- Defensive driving techniques
- Staying safe in hazardous conditions
- The dangers of intoxicated driving
Make sure to enroll in the correct course, as not all defensive driving courses are the same.
It may be possible to have a traffic citation dismissed in Texas. If you have received a citation, you'll need to take a ticket dismissal course. Put simply, a pass is as good as paying the ticket in this case. You may or may not be eligible for ticket dismissal. Check with the court before enrolling. Qualifications for eligibility include:
- You didn't get a ticket while driving a commercial vehicle
- You have not taken a defensive driving course as ordered by the court in Texas 12 months prior to the ticket
- You have a valid, Texas-issued license
- Your ticket was not issued for any of the following
- Going 25 or more over the limit
- Going 95 or faster
- Passing a school bus
- Any “serious” violation, felonies etc.
- Hit and run
- Any violation within a construction zone where workers were present
If you're in the clear, then the good news is that a dismissal will also help to keep your insurance rates from jumping.
Insurance Reduction Course
Many insurance providers may offer discounts for completing certain defensive driving courses. Of course, you'll want to check with your insurer whether or not a given course qualifies before you sign up, as not all courses are covered, and some might not offer this deal at all.
Seat Belt Safety Course
This is pretty self-explanatory: if you've been cited for a seat belt violation, a judge may order you to complete a course on seat belt safety. You will want to enroll in a TEA-approved course if you hope to fulfill this requirement.