Traffic school? It’s boring. There, I said it; I won’t lie to you. There’s not a single person out there taking traffic school because they want to, and I’m sure you’re exasperated at the thought of having to go through the same old information over again. I would be too! Unfortunately, I can’t make it fun for you. What I can do is help you find the right traffic school for you at a price you can afford.
What Is It?
Some of you may be familiar with the concept, but I’ll explain for those that aren’t. Some of you may be thinking that it’s the same as an online driver’s education course, and while in some aspects you would be correct, it is very different in others.
Online traffic school is a course that can be taken by individuals who have received a ticket for a moving violation or even those who just want a refresher course on safe driving practices – one is more rare than the other, and I bet you can guess which one. Whether you’ve elected to take the course or are being required to by the court, these courses are a great way to reduce, or even sometimes completely remove, your ticket, and can even sometimes be used to get points taken off your license. They can also sometimes be used to obtain a discount on your insurance, which can be very handy if your premiums are high. These traffic schools teach something called defensive driving, and teach you to anticipate collisions and other risks of the road before they happen, making the road a safer place for everyone.
Gather Your Options
If you search for traffic school online in your state, you’ll likely end up with hundreds of options. Luckily for you, we’ve got a whole list of reviews for different online traffic schools, which you can find here. I realize your time is important, however, so I’ve also taken the liberty of picking my two favorites from this list based on criteria, attitude (yes, attitude), and price to help you narrow it down. These two are on opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of attitude, but cover the same criteria and have similar price points, and we also offer coupons for both courses for you, too! Let’s start with the more standard option of the two.
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I Drive Safely offers two options, depending on your state; text and video. The video does have a slightly higher price point, but may be a little more tolerable for those of us who hate reading about boring subjects, like driving safety and regulations. They make it easy to find your state depending on your needs (standard traffic school or specifically defensive driving, for example), and are up front about their pricing, telling you what you’re going to pay for the course as soon as they know which state you’re in.
Course length depends on your state as well, as each state has different requirements for traffic school. For some it can be done in an hour, and others it can take up to six hours. The good news is you make your own schedule, and can complete the course in the most convenient way for you. The only exception to this is if the county that issued your ticket requires the use of timers, which means you have to take a certain amount of time to complete the course before it will pass in court.
At the end of the course, once you’ve passed the final exam, you can have the certificate of completion sent either to you or the courts for free (as long as you didn’t wait until the last minute to finish the course – processing the certificate takes a couple of days, and the prices to rush the shipping will cost you quite a bit more), and then you’re done.
Remember when I said that some online traffic schools try to make it fun? I’m sure you didn’t believe me, but once you step into Improv Traffic School’s online course, you’ll see what I mean. They invented the term ‘edutainment’ for themselves, and they live up to it; even their commercial is funny! Like with all good things, however, there is a downside; their course isn’t available in every state. The good news with that is they make it easy to determine if your state is eligible, and sign up is quick once you get that out of the way. Their price point varies widely between states, and once you choose yours, a link to pricing will appear at the top of the page.
Course length varies by state as well, and so does the necessity of timers. However, if you’re not required to take the course within a certain amount of time, you can typically get the certificate of completion within thirty minutes, or you can spread it out to match your schedule. Once you’re in, the fun begins, and they’ll teach you all about highway safety, road conditions, your vehicle, and the traffic laws of your state, all while making you laugh your hind parts off. At the end of the course, once you’ve passed the final exam, they begin processing the paperwork and notify the courts automatically, so there’s nothing else you have to do.
So which one would you choose?
Either way, you can be sure you’re getting the best driving education available, at some of the best prices.
These two were given a five-star rating from Drive-Safely, and are highly regarded by the states they’re available in. I can’t think of a better reason to pick a traffic school.
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