Traffic schools are the main way drivers can avoid points on their driving records and an increase in their car insurance payments. In order to beat the competition – and to make what is bound to be a dull few hours as painless as possible – traffic schools have come up with various wacky ways to entice clients to attend their classes. The most popular of these is to offer a traffic school in which the instructor adds a heavy dose of humor to the class. Others offer free pizza to those who enroll. Still others are more practical and, knowing how much money cited drivers have already paid, emphasize their minimal fees or don’t require payment unless you pass the course. Of course, traffic schools may use a combination of one or more (or none) of these techniques in order to appeal to those looking for a class to attend.
There are 3 ways to complete a traffic school course: On site, Online, Via home study
On site Here, students meet at a location determined by the traffic school, where they receive instruction on road rules and driving safely. If you have deemed free pizza and lots of laughs an essential part of your traffic school experience, then this is probably the option to go with. It also provides an excellent opportunity to meet with fellow drivers who are bitter about how much time and money their citations have cost them.
Online A simple search of the Internet will bring up many online traffic schools. The benefits are obvious:
- You can take the course in the comfort of your own home or wherever you have access to a computer
- You can work at your own pace (as long as you meet the court’s deadline)
- You don’t have to worry about making reservations for a class or locating a building
- In some cases it may be less expensive than regular traffic school
Some even have interactive games and allow you to take the course via streaming video.
Bear in mind, however, that not all drivers attending traffic school are eligible to take an online course. Many sites provide a list of courts that accept their course or tell you how you can request the option from your court.
Completing the traffic school material at home has many of the same benefits as online courses and provides the same advantages to those who don’t have access to a computer.