My original iDriveSafely review was the very first online traffic school review I made back in 2011. I never imagined reviewing traffic schools would end up being the most popular thing on this entire site! My original review of this course was getting a bit outdated, so I decided to update it for 2013. This time the review is even more ridiculously detailed and comes complete with screen shots. If for some reason you decide iDriveSafely isn’t for you, make sure you check all of my online traffic school reviews.
Overall, I found this school to be of higher quality than the vast majority of their competitors. As of this review, iDriveSafely has been in business for over 12 years, have had more than 4.5 million people use their course (I like to call them guinea pigs). In addition, they have maintained an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. So the company itself is solid and they have a good reputation. They even give you their corporate mailing address and local phone number in the “contact us” tab during the course.
Yes, It’s Boring!
Just a little warning before you sign up. Keep in mind that traffic school is not fun, whether it’s online or in a classroom somewhere. It has never been fun and probably will never be fun. I don’t want to give people the impression that singing up for iDriveSafely is going to be “super happy fun time.” I’m warning you now, it’s going to be boring. But at least when you do it online, you can take it from the comfort of your own home and still get points reduced, tickets dismissed, or insurance rates reduced. And of all the schools I’ve reviewed, iDriveSafely is about the most pain free school around.
The amount of time it will take you to finish will depend almost entirely on your state. Most places it takes about 6 hours, but it can be spread out over several days if you want. I did 30 minute sections at a time until I was done. For other states, you can get done within an hour. It really just depends on where you live as iDriveSafely always sets the course timers for the minimum amount of time required by state law.
Honestly, I haven’t ever taken an online traffic school that was hard. They are all pretty easy. The biggest problem is the boredom factor. These courses are boring as heck! While performing my iDriveSafely review, I was happy to find that there was a lot to spice the course up like graphics, animations, and video. If you’re lucky enough to live in Texas, you can sign up for the video based course which is much more bearable. In any case, the course is a little boring, but at least it’s easy.
My Overall Opinion Of iDriveSafely
Overall, I can still highly recommend iDriveSafely. It’s probably the best school I’ve found to date (check out other schools I reviewed here). I’ve had them listed on my site for more than 2 years now and I have never received an email from anyone with a complaint. That speaks for itself and that’s why I’m still confident in recommending them. Also, you are free to post about your own experience in the comments section below. Most people don’t tend to come back to share their experience, and that’s ok, but if you’d like to come back and share it sure would be helpful!
Pricing for iDriveSafely varies by state to state, but you can check for current iDriveSafely pricing discounts here.
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Full iDriveSafely Review
This section of my iDriveSafely review is more of a sneak peak into what the course is like from sign up to completion. This is probably more info than you really need, but I tend to go a little overboard!
Sign Up Process
Sign up is easy and you won’t even be asked for any payment info. You just put in your contact info and the place you got your ticket. They don’t actually charge you anything until later on. Here’s the exact screen shot of the payment screen:
Identity Authentication System
That brings me to my next point. They are required to have an “Authentication System” to be sure you’re not having somebody else take the course for you. It’s kind of annoying, but I believe it’s a requirement in all states. At the beginning of the course, they will ask you a bunch of questions about yourself. Don’t forget your answers because they will ask you those questions again randomly throughout the course. Get more than a couple wrong and your account gets suspended. This is supposed to help verify that you’re really the one taking the course. I’ve even heard of some schools requiring that you use a web cam. This verification thing is a real pain, but it’s something all online traffic schools are required to do, so no matter who you go with, you’ll face this issue. Here are the questions I was asked at the beginning of the course:
Taking The Course
Just like my original iDriveSafely reveiw in 2011, I once again had 8 sections to complete plus a final exam at the end. Your state might be different, but I’m assuming they are all about the same. It covered sections like drunk driving, speeding, right of way laws, distracted driving, and other subjects you’d expect to see during traffic school. Here’s a screen shot of the table of contents:
After each section, they asked 10 multiple choice questions. I was required to get an 80% on each quiz in order to move forward. I really didn’t put in much effort but I was still able to pass them all just fine. Before each quiz, they have a review page that pretty much tells you everything you need to know in order to pass the quiz. I purposely did bad on one of them just to see what happens and you basically just need to review the section and take the test over again. You keep doing that until you pass. Here are a couple of the first questions I revied after the first section (the questions are specific to Illinois because that’s the course I took).
The text based sections of the course are very similar to a PDF file. The font size is large enough and there’s a lot of “white space” so it’s easy on the eyes, plus every page includes several pictures. Some of the pages also have embedded slide shows, graphics, diagrams, etc. They also have several areas with animations and video that I found to be high quality, especially compared to many of the other online traffic schools out there. I took screen shots of a couple videos. They’ve been reduced in size, but this should give you an idea of the course quality.
Starting And Stopping The Course
This is a pretty standard feature now with all online traffic schools. Basically, they keep track of your progress. You can log in and out anytime from any computer. It seemed to work with my phone and Kindle pretty well, too.
The Course Timer
This is the worst part of any online traffic school and iDriveSafely is no exception. The course timer sucks! If you’re really lucky, your court won’t require that the course is timed. If that’s the case, congratulations! You should be done pretty quickly. For the rest of us schlubs, we’ve gotta wait for the course timer to count down before we can proceed. Doesn’t matter if you already read everything, you still have to wait. So annoying. Here’s a screen shot from my course discussing the timer:
The Final Exam
After you make it through all the sections, you’ll be required to take a final exam. This is where they test you on everything you learned throughout the course. If you put in a tiny ounce of effort, you’ll do fine. If you don’t put in any effort, you might have to retake it a few times, but in most states you can’t fail it.
Notifying The Court
As long as you didn’t procrastinate, no problem. Once you’re done, they send the certificate to you or the courts for free and you don’t have to worry about it. The problem is, “processing” can take a few days. If you need the completion certificate expedited because you waited until the last minute, it’s going to cost you extra. And when I say it’s going to cost you extra, I mean a lot extra! These prices might be different for you, but these were the shipping options I was given. Yikes!
Well, I hope you found my newly revised iDriveSafely review to be helpful. If you’re thinking about signing up for these guys, it’s a safe bet. They’ve been around for a long time with 4 million customers already. If you had a particularly good or bad experience with iDriveSafely, please contact me to let me know or leave a message at the bottom of this page.