What is traffic school?

If you are asking the question, “What is traffic school?”, chances are you have received a traffic ticket. Traffic school provides a way that you can keep a moving violation from affecting your driving record by presenting you with a course which includes safe driving techniques and a general education on the traffic laws of your state.

What is Traffic School?

A complete traffic school course should thoroughly cover the following areas:

  • Recent changes to the traffic laws
  • Reasons for traffic laws
  • Consequences of careless driving
  • Driver responsibilities
  • Rights and responsibilities of a pedestrian
  • Driving maneuvers
  • Defensive driving
  • Collision avoidance
  • Road rage and aggressive driving
  • Driver distractions
  • Your vehicle
  • The road

Of course there will be many sub-topics within those general categories, but I won’t list them all here as they will vary from state to state. The subject of DUI is not really covered because in general you cannot take traffic school for a DUI, unless ordered by a judge. Additionally, if you are charged with a criminal violation, traffic school will not help you, but you may still be ordered to take a traffic school course by a judge.

Most traffic school courses, for the purpose of masking or point reduction from your driving record, are designed to be an eight hour course. There are other types of traffic school, or defensive driving courses offered, for example, an elderly driving courses. These courses are not for masking or point reduction from your driving record, but you may take them to reduce your insurance, if approved by your insurance company. In the beginning of traffic school, insurance companies did not like the fact that you could take a traffic school course in order to prevent them from seeing the violation on your record. More commonly now, insurance companies will allow their customers to elect to attend a traffic school course for a reduction in their premium. Not all insurance companies offer this and they might only allow traffic school courses that they have approved. So you should check with your insurance company to see if this is an option for you and ask if you need to choose a particular traffic school course in order to receive credit for taking one.

The average price of taking a traffic school course is about $17.00. Of course this depends on if you opt for any upgrades or expedited services. See a related post: lowest price traffic school for more details on cheaper priced traffic schools.

That is a general overview of “What is traffic school?” You should now have a basic understanding of traffic school and now be able to answer, “What is traffic school?’ should you be asked.

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