What Is a Defensive Driving Course?

by Grace Covelli

A defensive-driving course is a review of safe driving with emphasis placed on avoiding crashes and driving during hazardous conditions. When you take a defensive-driving course you may earn recognition as a safe driver and a discount from your auto-insurance company. For many reasons, a defensive-driving course is valuable for any driver.

Time

A defensive-driving course generally takes six to eight hours to complete.

Place

You can take a defensive-driving course online or at a local driving school, college, or other establishment.

Teaching Methods

Classroom courses are generally taught by instructors with the help of videos.

Benefits

Besides learning techniques for safer driving, you may receive a discount from your automobile insurance company, based on points and the state you live in, or receive a ticket-dismissal privilege you can use in court to prevent a recent infraction from appearing on your driver's license.

Testing

You must take a test at the end of the course, and you can take the test again if you fail.

Completion

After you finish your defensive-driving course, a certificate of completion is mailed to you to present to your insurance company for a safe-driver discount or to use as a traffic-ticket dismissal.