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How do I Choose the Best Online Defensive Driving Class?

By Tess C. Taylor
Updated May 17, 2024
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New technology has made it possible for consumers to reduce the costs of vehicle insurance, reduce points on driving records and improve driving skills through online defensive driving safety classes. Choosing the best online defensive driving class is generally a matter of selecting a class that is offered by a reputable defensive driving course provider or traffic school. Choosing a driver’s safety course that’s right for your particular needs can depend on several factors.

When choosing the best online defensive driving class, it’s a good idea to select a course that’s recommended by your vehicle insurance provider. Insurance companies try to assist consumers who have experienced challenges with driving, such as being issued citations for moving violations, with driver’s training programs. A driving safety course that offers discounts to students in addition to reducing the number of points that traffic violators have accrued will normally be recommended by the participating insurance company.

Another factor to consider when selecting an Internet driving class is the cost of the actual program itself. Generally speaking, online defensive driving courses will be priced within an affordable range to make it easy to access and benefit from the financial savings offered to consumers by insurance companies. If a course seems overly expensive or doesn’t offer easy payment terms, check with your local insurance agent to find a more reasonable class that will better fit your budget.

With an online defensive driving class, students will be able to sign in at any time of the day or night, which makes it very convenient for anyone working or handling other responsibilities. Coursework should be easy to understand and any homework should be clear so that students can benefit from participation in an online safety course. Safety course material needs to be offered in a user-friendly format on a web-enabled platform for the best results.

In choosing an online driving safety course, it’s advisable to select a course that offers an actual defensive driving certificate upon completion. This certificate is usually good for a period of time following the course and can be presented to insurance companies should you choose to switch providers in the future. In addition, a certificate of completion can be presented in legal proceedings if you have been ordered to take a course to reduce fines or avoid suspension of driver’s license privileges.

An added factor to consider when deciding on which online defensive driving class to take is if the course offers any type of money-back guarantee. This allows you to continue searching for an alternate means by which to get the driving skills training you need, such as with a local driver's education course offered by a local school or company. Not all consumers can learn well in an online environment, so if you are searching for an online course, consider what will happen to your fee if you realize you are not able to complete the course online or have to postpone the course for any reason.

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