There are several reasons why you may take an approved defensive driving course. In some cases, you are required to take a course and in others you may take one voluntarily for a personal benefit.
Some of the most common reasons for taking auto traffic school courses are:
- Remove points on your driving record due to a conviction.
- You want to reinstate your driver’s license.
- You may be able to get a discount on your vehicle insurance.
- You received a traffic ticket and have a court order.
- Become a safer driver.
All courses must be New York State DMV-approved. There are many courses available in various counties. Look for a course close to you, and check to be sure that it is DMV-approved with certified instructors. Otherwise, you may not receive the course benefits. If you do not wish to take a class in person, there are some online programs available.
Frequently Asked Questions About Defensive Driving Programs
What is a Driving Safety Course / Driver Improvement course?
It is a course designed to teach drivers about safe driving attitudes and behaviors.
Why would/should I take a Defensive Driving course?
It may be used to reduce points, get your license reinstated, reduce your insurance rates. It may also have been ordered by the court in response to a traffic violation.
Is this the same as a Driver's Education course?
No, Driver's Education courses are required for 16-year-olds to obtain their license. Any licensed driver may take a Defensive Driving course.
Does the course have to be approved?
If you are only taking the course for self-education it does not need to be approved. But if you need it to fulfill requirements for points reductions, mandated coursed, or other driver's license related issues, it must be approved / certified. Refer to the NYS DMV to find out if your program is approved.
Can I take it online?
Yes. There are both online and traditional classroom courses available.
Do I need a car to take the course?
These are classroom based courses and you do not need to provide a vehicle for the course.
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