What Is The Best Online Traffic School?

 

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Getting a traffic ticket can ruin your day. Heck it can ruin up to 3 years of your life with higher insurance premiums. Today I’m going to look at the best online traffic schools. You’ll see all your options for getting out of a ticket and the points on your driving record that are sure to cost you money.

If you’re short on time for reading this—the quick answer is this online traffic school is the best.

Please note: the schools I recommend all carry A+ ratings with the Better Business Bureau, which is a must for me in order to suggest them. Be confident.

Now onto everything you need to know about online traffic school.

Am I Eligible To Take Traffic School For My Traffic Ticket?

That’s the most important question to answer. Am I even allowed to take traffic school? After receiving a ticket, always, always always contact the traffic court on your ticket to find out if the offense you’ve been cited for is correctable with traffic school. The officer who pulled you over may tell you that you can go to traffic school. Don’t take their word for it. Confirm it with the court.

After you do, make sure you find out when you have to complete traffic school by as required by the court. There’s usually a date they want you to submit your traffic school completion certificate by. Know it and try to get the course done early!

How Do I Take Traffic School?

In a classroom or online.

Sure you can take a classroom course but I’ll assume you don’t want to spend an entire Saturday or your weeknights in a room for hours with strangers. That’s why I say take the online traffic school route. Get it done and move on without impacting your life.

What Do I look For In An Online Traffic School?

The right online traffic school will be approved in dozens of states. I will only point you to schools I absolutely know operate all over the country, with proven track records of getting millions of people out of their traffic tickets.

A Course That Works On Every Device

Tablet, smartphone, computer. The right traffic school has worked hard to make sure their courses evolve with our technology. That means it works for you wherever you are, on whatever device you’re using.

24/7 Live Customer Support

A fantastic online traffic will have 24/7 customer support. You should never have to wait til Monday at 9 AM to get help with learning meant to be done on your time. Phone, email, and chat support should always be around the clock.

Expedited Delivery of Your Certificate of Completion

This varies by state. Some courts/DMVs only have your school electronically report your completion to them. However, if you have to hand in your certificate of completion to the court, and you’re bit of a procrastinator when it comes to getting your course done, you want to be with a school that offers expedited services like FedEx 2 Day or Overnight Delivery. If you have plenty of times, most schools offer free mail delivery but if you’re in a hurry you need to know you can get that certificate fast for court.

A Money Back Guarantee

A great online traffic school knows their reputation is everything and offer you a money back guarantee on their courses. If it turns out an online course is not for you or you’re having difficulties you should be able to get a full refund. My intention is to advocate for online schools because I largely prefer it to classroom but everyone’s learning is different so I still believe in  a school with a solid refund policy.

Will I Like Online Traffic School?

Only if you’re a little weird. It’s not supposed to be fun but a great online traffic school will work their tails off to provide a course that’s interactive and at the very least, tolerable. You should see a lot of pictures, videos, and interactive exercises so you’re not just going “click, read, read, read, click” for several hours.

So… Who Is The Best Online Traffic School? And Why?

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Gold Medal: I Drive Safely Online Traffic School

Why:  The leader of the industry, I Drive Safely has been helping millions of people get out of traffic tickets for over 15 years.  All of the benchmarks above I mentioned for online traffic school? I Drive Safely defined those standards. They have approved courses in the most states [including California and Texas] with 24/7 support and expedited delivery is offerd. They continue to build on and improve their courses so you can take them anywhere and offer a money back guarantee on their courses. I Drive Safely is simply the master of online traffic school.

Check out I Drive Safely’s latest pricing and deals here

de-logoSilver Medal: DriversEd.com Online Traffic School

Why: While primarily focusing in teen and adult drivers ed, DriversEd.com has many fantastic offerings in online traffic school. They were the one of the first companies to launch apps for traffic school. Their courses are rich with interactive features that work on multiple devices. They also offer round the clock support and expedited delivery.

For the latest pricing at DriversEd.com click here

Bronze Medal: Improv Online Comedy Traffic School improv-logo

Why: Best execution of a course, Improv‘s affiliation with its comedy club namesake has made them really try to push their courses as edutainment. They are state approved all over the country and  recently became the sole licensed provider of online traffic school in Kentucky. That’s a major vote of confidence.

Check out Improv’s latest offerings and sales here

Honorable Mention: Aceable Online Traffic School [Texas Traffic School only]aceable-logo

Why: The new kid on the block. Aceable entered the traffic school market with one of the most fantastic apps I’ve ever seen. Their clean designs and easy to use platform make them perfect for any device. They’re very affordable as well. As a new online traffic school, they’re not everywhere just yet but I can absolutely recommend them if you’ve gotten a ticket in Texas.

For the latest deals at Aceable click here

Whatever course you choose, my hopes is the tips and advice on this site is able to guide you successfully through traffic school and on the path to leaving your traffic ticket on the road behind you. Good luck!

Los Angeles County Traffic Court: How to Get Out of a Traffic Ticket in LA!

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There were 1,360,395 cases filed for traffic infractions in Los Angeles Superior Court in the 2013-2014 fiscal year. A study by Nerdwallet.com, finds that 5 of 10 of the most expensive areas to get a ticket in the entire state of California are within L.A. County, with the true costs of a $35 ticket being more like $700 after fines, fees, and insurance increases. There’s big business in tickets for local municipalities who finance their budgets on traffic tickets and for insurance companies that get to say “Gotcha!” and jack up your insurance rates for 3 years.

What’s most important after you get a ticket is how you deal with it. Do not simply pay the fine and try to move on. You’ll see your insurance premiums go up as high as 25% for the next 3 years. Keeping in mind most people in California pay around $1,000 to $1,200 for their car insurance each year that is major jump and will put some serious pain on your wallet. If the violation you’re facing is correctible with traffic school, you absolutely must take that opportunity to avoid points on your license. You’ll still be stuck paying your fine and applicable fees but this is about minimizing the damage to your driving record.

How to apply for L.A. County Traffic School:

That’s right. You have to apply first with the county to be allowed to take traffic school. You can do so by going here. LA will charge you $64 to take traffic school if you’re approved for your violation [that only pays for the right to go to traffic school, you still have to buy your traffic school course].

Sign up for a California Online Traffic School course:

You’ll have 60 days from when you were allowed by the state to take traffic school [like this one] and complete it. Traffic Schools with actual classroom courses have been around for decades, but I tend to recommend online courses since most folks would prefer to take a course in their home on their own time than when a brick and mortar traffic school offers classes. Typically online courses are required to present about 8 hours’ worth of curriculum. It won’t be fun but then neither are rising insurance premiums.

Upon successful completion of your traffic school course, your online traffic school will transmit your completion to California DMV.

Your LA Traffic Court will pull your DMV record to corroborate your completion and from that no points will be added to your driving record. California DMV will typically take about a month to update your record so don’t expect this to happen instantly. Check your driving record about a month later to verify completion. At that point, if your record is incorrect, contact your traffic school about re-reporting your completion.

For Online California Traffic School, we recommend I Drive Safely. Check them out!

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3 Strikes and You’re Out [of a Driver’s License]! Washington DC Advancing Distracted Driving Legislation

The nation’s capital is barreling towards passing some of the strictest distracted driving laws in the country according to a new article at the Washington Post. The bill would lead to real time tracking of prior offenses by police. The full scope of this being a graduated violation system with escalating penalties for those caught committing repeated acts of distracted driving.

Currently, distracted driving laws in DC are fairly lax: a first offense of using your phone while driving is a $100 fine though the fine can be thrown out with proof of purchase of a hands-fee device. The new law would remove that option. It also sets escalating penalties for subsequent violations within 18 months of that first violation. A second offense would cost you $150, and a third, $200. The real penalty though comes with that third violation, as it would also include a 30 to 90 day suspension of your license. This represents the same sort of penalty you’d see with a reckless driving charge. It’s a very big deal in that regard.

While I don’t know that a graduated violation system will do the job, tougher penalties are needed to save lives. The main issue with this 18 month violation timeline is what is the likelihood violators would even be found repeatedly committing distracted driving in that time period? It seems like very tough penalties that would be unlikely to be enforceable with regards to repeat offenders. Unless of course DC is truly looking to distracted driving tickets as a revenue booster and having this be a top priority of police officers is the plan all along. Even if that is the goal, the DC Police Department would be years away from being able to track violators in a meaningful way as this graduated violation system requires. Even if the law is enacted in 2017, violation tracking wouldn’t be available until 2020 according to the same Washington Post article.

Distracted Driving continues to become a nationwide epidemic. As technology allows us to do more on our phones, we have to fight that urge to do more irresponsibly behind the wheel. The CDC estimates 1 in 5 crashes in 2013 were caused by distracted driving, causing some 3,000 deaths and over 400,000 injuries. DriverSafetyCenter.com believes greater public awareness as to the dangers of distracted driving in combination with technological advances from phone manufacturers which disable the bulk of a phone’s capabilities while driving [aside from hands free talking and GPS] would do far more to save lives than simple ticketing.

Kentucky Traffic School: Changes Ahead!

Big news from some of my contacts at Kentucky Department of Driver Licensing today. The state’s Transportation Cabinet has apparently updated its traffic school contracts. Unlike most states that allow many online traffic schools to operate as long as they meet certain curriculum requirements, Kentucky has only one single approved provider for online traffic school [the state actually seems to have on stronghold classroom courses as well].

What does any of this mean to you? Well, the school that was the lone provider of online Kentucky Traffic School, IDriveSafely.com no longer is. It also means their DVD Traffic School courses will no longer be available to people of the state either. Yes, for those of you with little to no internet, there was a DVD course option.

The new authorized provider og online Kentucky Traffic School will be Improv. So if you’re a speed demon, a distracted driver, or the type to try really hard to make the light before it turns red, make sure you bookmark these changes. I’ll be updating the main piece on my site for Kentucky Traffic School with all this information but such a big change did seem to warrant its own piece.

Stay Informed, Kentucky and should you need traffic school, be sure to check out Improv’s Online Kentucky Traffic School course!

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No Apps Allowed! California Cracks Down Even More On Cell Phone Use While Driving

California’s laws regarding cell phone use when it comes to distracted driving continue to broaden. Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Monday September 26th AB-1785     [authored by Assemblyman Bill Quirk (D-Hayward)]which increases the reach of existing legislation [SB-1613] in regards to just what you can do with your phone on the road. Previously state law banned drivers from talking or texting directly on the phone while driving. You had to go hands-free.

Under the new law, any activity on your cell phone [not hands-free] that is deemed interfering with driving itself will now be finable. This prohibits drivers from checking maps, adjusting playlists, checking social media, taking photos or live streaming on their phones unless a hands-free device is used. GPS apps are only allowed to be used if users mount their phone to their windshield like they would with a portable GPS device. The law would allow only for single swipe or tap use by the user, again if the device is mounted. The phone cannot block the driver’s view of the road. This law does not apply to already built-in devices that car manufacturers put in their vehicles.

If the law is violated, there is a base fee of $20 for the first offense and can go up to $50 for every additional offense plus penalties which can triple overall fine amounts.

The law still prohibits drivers from wearing headphones or any device that covers ears while driving. California lawmakers believe this will lessen distracted driving risks related to evolving technologies available in smart phones.

You can read more about AB-1785 here

Got a Traffic Ticket in Florida? A Basic Driver Improvement Course Could Save You from Points on Your License.

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If you’ve ever gotten a ticket before you know how nerve-wracking the entire process can be:  Fines, court dates, points on your license, and then your insurance company gets notified. If this is your first violation, you may have no idea what to do first.  A traffic ticket is the gift that keeps on giving for 3 years as your insurance premiums skyrocket. In Florida, you don’t have to settle for that though. You can take a 4 Hour Basic Driver Improvement Course to forgive points on your record for a pending traffic ticket. Today I’m going to explain how to navigate through the Florida Traffic School process so you can get the whole thing behind you.

First, know that you should try to contact the Florida traffic court listed on your ticket right away to ask for traffic school so avoid points on your license. Not immediately, but give it a few days until after you got the ticket [the Justice system needs time to catch up].  Make sure you request traffic school within 30 days of your citation at the Clerk of Court in the county where you received the ticket. You’ll still pay the fine associated with your violation and possibly some administrative fees for traffic school but this will be small in comparison to what not taking traffic school could do to your insurance rates.

In Florida, you could also find yourself being ordered by the court [this is very common] to take a basic driver improvement/collision avoidance course if you:

  • Were a driver in a crash and are found at fault and someone was transported to the hospital
  • Had two crashes in a two-year period, which resulted in property damage greater than $500.
  • Passed a stopped school bus
  • Were Highway Racing
  • Were Highway Racing as a Spectator
  • Were Reckless Driving
  • Ran a red light

You’ll be eligible for Florida Traffic School if you:

  • Haven’t already taken traffic school within the last 12 months
  • Have a valid drivers license [no CDL drivers]
  • Contacted the court within 30 days of receiving your ticket

Again, as long as you are eligible for traffic school, you just have to request traffic school in person at the appropriate county court or by mail. The court will tell you how to send your certificate of completion to them [via mail, fax, in person] and give you a deadline to complete a basic driver improvement course by.

Once you’ve completed traffic school and turned in your certificate of completion to the court, wait about a month and then request a copy of your driving record. The violation you committed will still show up but the points will not be applied to your record which will keep you on the road with low insurance premiums.

We highly recommend I Drive Safely’s Online Traffic School for its Florida Basic Driver Improvement Course:

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California: How Traffic Ticket Points Affect Your License And Insurance

Getting a driving ticket in California can be a devastating blow to your driving record and your wallet. Today I want to go over how the point system works in California and ways to avoid those points so you can feel confident when you drive.

How do traffic points affect your driving record?

Whenever you commit a traffic violation, points may be assessed to your driving record. In the short term, points added to your driving record will affect your insurance rates, causing them to go up. An accumulation of points on your record or a severe enough violation can cause your driver’s license to be suspended or revoked.

Your driver’s license can be suspended or revoked in California if you:

You receive 4 or more points in a 12 month period. [3 points if a teenager but can also see restricted use at 2 points]

You receive 6 points or more within a 24 month period.

You receive 8 or more points within a 36 month period.

What violations add points to your driving record?

There are a number of ways you could get points on your driving record from a traffic violation in California. It could be as simple as driving through a stop sign or a red light to not obeying a school crossing guard. Other basic one point violations include:

  • Crossing a divided highway
  • Following a driver too closely
  • Speeding
  • Failure to yield
  • Driving in a designated bicycle lane
  • Crossing a double yellow line
  • Failure to obey a stop sign or traffic light

Points will double if you are driving recklessly, speeding over 100 MPH, and driving while under the influence.

The most common 2 point traffic violations are

  • Driving without a license/suspended license
  • Driving without registration/expired registration
  • Illegal U turn
  • Leaving the scene of a hit and run accident
  • Mechanical violations
  • Reckless Driving
  • Running a red light/stop sign
  • Not wearing a seat belt/child restraint
  • Unlawful vehicle modifications

Unless the officer who pulls you over just gives you a warning, you will get a ticket for these offenses and points will be placed on your driving record. The more points you get the quicker you will lose your driving privileges.

Note: DUI/DWI will result in an automatic suspension of your license

How do I get points removed from my license? How Do I qualify for California Traffic School?

Traffic school is the only way to get points removed from your license without letting the years pass. You can go to a traffic school’s classroom course in your area or take a California Online Traffic School course all from the comfort of your own home.  You’ll be able to qualify for traffic school as long the offense was a moving violation [no parking tickets] and you have a standard driver’s license [no CDLs]. The offense also cannot be a misdemeanor.

With all this in mind, I recommend I Drive Safely’s Online California Traffic School to help you get out of that traffic ticket today:

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A Texas Defensive Driving Course Can Get That Traffic Ticket Dismissed Today!

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Everything’s bigger in The Lone Star state of Texas, even the traffic ticket fines. Luckily, you don’t have to settle for high fines and points on your license. Debtor’s Prison isn’t for you and you don’t have to take skyrocketing insurance premiums lying down. You can get yourself enrolled in a Texas Defensive Driving Course and stop the madness before it starts. And the better news is you don’t have to do it in a classroom, you can do it online in your own home.

Let’s start with the basics.

How to Take a Texas Defensive Driving Course

So first, know that you can take a Texas Defensive Driving Course only for violations currently pending with a court. This doesn’t work on old tickets you plead guilty to a year ago and already paid the fine. The time to act is when you just received the ticket. In that case, the very first thing you want to do is ask the court for permission to take a Defensive Driving Course. You can ask for permission by calling the court, appearing in person or even writing to request traffic school. When you do that, you will plead guilty or no contest to the charges against you.

To Be Eligible For a Texas Defensive Driving Course:

  • You must hold a valid non-commercial drivers license [no CDL drivers].
  • You didn’t speed more than 25 MPH above the posted limit
  • You haven’t completed a defensive driving course in the past 12 months [1 year from previous citation date]
  • Violation did not occur in a construction zone.

The court will require the following to allow you to enroll in their

  • Your Drivers License
  • Proof of Insurance
  • Your citation [you’ll sign off on the guilty plea on your ticket]

There will likely be other local court forms and paperwork required, possibly a court fee. This varies by court so be sure to ask for any other required forms [just cover your bases with the blanket question of “Anything else?”]

What Happens Next

Once you’ve enrolled in a Defensive Driving Course and successfully completed it, you’ll receive a certificate of completion from your school.  Texas requires your certificate of completion be physically mailed to you [no emailed copies] so be sure to complete the course with enough time for it to get to you [or pay for expedited delivery]. The court may also require a copy of your driving record so try to plan accordingly to get a copy of that as well. You’ll either mail your certificate and driving record to the court or turn them in in-person. Either way, if you’ve done all this you’ve gotten your ticket successfully dismissed!

For a fantastic online traffic school, I recommend DriversEd.com’s Texas Defensive Driving course. See link below for special pricing.

 DriversEd.com- the most experienced provider of traffic school online. Clear your record online.

How to Get Your Texas Driving Record: It’s Required For Texas Defensive Driving Courses[And Just Plain Smart Too!]

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A driving record is something people don’t like to think about. It’s like a report card and if you were a bad student growing up you dreaded them, dodged them, and maybe even hid them.  You’re an adult now and your driving record and the history on it is something you can have control over as long as you stay aware.

What is a Texas 3a Driving Record?

A Texas 3a Driving Record is a DPS certified copy of your driving record which contains the following information:

-Name

-Date of birth

-License status

-Address

-Date of original driver’s license application

-A list of all accidents and crashes [regardless of whether you got a ticket]

-A list of all moving and non-moving violations.

-Can be used for a Defensive Driving course

How to get your Texas 3a Driving Record

Your Texas 3a Driving Record can only be requested by you personally. It is often required by courts in traffic ticket cases. Having this record well before you go to court will also help you assess what you’re in for in terms of points already on your record and whether you need to consider calling a traffic lawyer as well.

A regular inspection of your Texas 3a driving record is also a good idea in case errors appear on it. Many employment opportunities require a clean driving history to get the job. A mistake on your record can also have insurance costs, if say, you completed traffic school and the courts/DPS missed it in their record keeping. That violation and points will still show up. Your insurance rates will spike until you can get things corrected.

You can get your Texas Driving Record by going to the DPS. You can also avoid the lines and taking time off from work to go get it by ordering your record and having it emailed directly to you from I Drive Safely. They offer same day processing on all their record requests. I Drive Safely has been an authorized provider of Texas 3a driving records for years and a name I trust when it comes to their great Texas Defensive Driving courses as well.

To order your Texas driving record today, check them out below:

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New Jersey: An MVC Approved Defensive Driving Course Can Automatically Reduce Your Insurance Premiums and Remove Traffic Ticket Points

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New Jersey is definitely a consumer watchdog state. Many states have no major regulations on insurance discounts and whether they even have to be granted. However New Jersey requires insurance companies give anyone who completes an approved defensive driving course an automatic 5% deduction of their insurance rates for 3 years! More importantly, New Jersey allows for the same defensive driving courses to also clear 2 points off your driving record once every 5 years. So traffic tickets can be wiped off your record or minimized in combination with the mandatory insurance reduction New Jersey guarantees you.

How to Earn a Discount on Your Monthly Insurance Rates

So here’s the really good news: all you have to do to get a discount on your auto insurance premiums is complete a New Jersey MVC Approved Defensive Driving Course [like this one] and you’ll be able to claim a 5% discount on your insurance costs. This is a state mandated discount so any insurance provider will have to honor it. Just complete the course and submit your certificate of completion to your insurance company for the discount. This discount will recur for 3 years! After that, you just take a renewal of the course to keep that discount going. Easy peasy!

How to Get Up to a 2-Point Reduction on Your Driving Record

A New Jersey Defensive Driving Course can also remove 2 points from your driving record, regardless of whether these are old points from a previous violation or new ones from a current violation. The other good news is you don’t need permission from the court or New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission to take the course. You can take the course for point reduction once every 5 years as long as you have at least 2 points on your driving record. Once you’ve finished the course, your traffic school will transmit your completion to the New Jersey MVC. Give it about a month before you check your driving record [the state will need a few weeks after your completion to catch up.

Keep in mind, fines and penalties are something separate from driving record points. You will still be subject to penalties and fines from the ticket [which you HAVE TO pay no matter what]. Defensive Driving Courses are really meant to keep you on the road by removing points that could put you in danger having your license suspended [12 points equals a suspension] and also keeps your insurance costs down. It’s really the only course of action available to you to help improve your situation.

With all this in mind, we recommend I Drive Safely’s New Jersey Online Defensive Driver Course to help you with points/insurance reduction. It’s a class that can be done when you have free time. You can stop and go as you like and it can be done at home. It’s the very best way to improve your problems caused traffic ticket, without having to impact your daily life and routine. You can better your situation right on your coach.

Check out I Drive Safely out below:

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