When it comes to taking a defensive driving course in the state of Texas, you do have options. You can either take the course in person, in a classroom type setting – or online, from the comfort of your own home. There are multiple factors to consider when choosing the right defensive driving course for you and that’s what we will discuss in this article. 


Lifestyle and How You Learn

When looking for a defensive driving course to take you want to look at how taking that course will fit into your lifestyle. In addition, you will want to look at how you learn. Do you learn better in an in-person classroom type setting, or do you learn better going at your own pace, in your own space. 

When you take an in-person course, you must dedicate at least one full day to taking the course. You have to drive to a location and spend a good part of the day taking the course. Depending on how busy your lifestyle is, you must take a look if an in-person course fits into your schedule. When you take an online course, you can take the course anywhere you have an internet connection. You are also able to learn at your own pace, by starting and stopping the course at your leisure. 


Approved Course

If you are taking a defensive driving course to have points removed from your license, get a traffic ticket dismissed or have your insurance rates lowered, you are going to want to make sure that the course is accredited and approved by the state of Texas and the Texas court/DMV system. This is very important. If you end up taking a defensive driving course that is not accredited, you won’t be able to present that certificate of completion to the court or your insurance company. 


What To Look For

One of the most important things people look for in a defensive driving course is the cost. These courses do fluctuate in price points, so finding one that fits your budget is key. But don’t sacrifice a really good course for just a few dollars difference. 

Next you want to look at the content of the course, what does the course cover. Make sure that the course covers information such as:

  • State and federal traffic laws 
  • Recognizing road hazards 
  • Safe driving practices in hazardous weather conditions
  • Dangers of distracted driving
  • Understand how alcohol and drugs do not mix with driving
  • How to manage stress and road rage while driving
  • Sharing the road with other vehicles, such as school busses, motorcycles and large trucks

These materials should be included in a defensive driving course. They are very important topics when it comes to keeping drivers safe on the road and the state, DMV and court system wants to make sure that they are covered. 


Also, some courses offer a certification of completion that is emailed to the user immediately after the course is completed. This is a great benefit and quite convenient because you don’t have to wait for the certificate to be mailed to you.