There are a variety of factors involved in deciding what the best defensive driving course in Texas is, but before we get into any of that, we really need to define our terms here. By that, I mean what are we considering that the very word ‘best’ means?
How about a literal definition for starters? Best. “of the most excellent, effective, or desirable type of quality.” That is one literal definition of the word best, just for starters. But what are we considering the actual definition for the word starters? Okay, maybe that’s just too much. Just kidding!
If we break down our little definition of the word best and extrapolate and insert that into the context of ‘best’ defensive driving course, it means that by ‘best’, we are looking for the most excellent, most effective, and most desirable type of quality of defensive driving course available.
What makes something the most excellent? Excellent is defined as “extremely good; outstanding.” Basically, this means to excel and be above and beyond. To be outstanding is to stand out. Which defensive driving course stands out above the crowd (Goofy movie reference for the win)? What about our old friend effective?
This word is defined as “successful in producing a desired or intended result.” In other words, does it work? And lastly, what about the word desirable? Here we have “wanted or wished for as being attractive, useful, or necessary course of action.”
Essentially, this is asking is the course desired? Well, it needs to be a good, engaging course with a lot of positive qualities for it to be desired; especially given that usually taking a defensive driving course is an undesirable action that we are forced to do because we got a traffic citation. Yikes!
However, there are other uses for defensive driving courses, such as getting a discount on your insurance premiums, and just making you a better driver in general.
So, in our opinion, what is the best defensive driving course in Texas? Here is our shortlist of approved courses in Texas, and hopefully this will set you on your way to choosing the best course for you.
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What Does It Take to be the Best?
Before we dive into our list of the best defensive driving course in Texas, we need to consider the fact that the state of Texas has minimum requirements and guidelines for these courses, so although some courses will advertise that their course is only 6 hours long, that is a state minimum, and not necessarily a feature of that particular course.
There are other lists on the internet of the ‘best’ defensive driving courses in Texas, but all of those lists that we found in our research all use the minimum state requirements as perks to each course, which doesn’t make a lot of sense because they will very likely be the same all across the board.
Instead, we are going to take a look at what these courses have that really set them apart from each other, and also take a look at what qualities they have that make them the ‘best’. Remember, we are defining the best as three main things:
- Does the course go above and beyond?
- Does the course work (is it effective, approved, etc.)?
- Is the course desired?
ApprovedCourse.com is amazing due to the fact that it satisfies (aces actually!) all three of these definitions of the word ‘best’.
Does this course go above and beyond? The answer is simply yes.
When you call their customer support, they really spend a lot of time with you (in addition to being native English speakers based right here in north Texas) to make sure that you are well taken care of. In addition to that, they offer expedited shipping services for your certificate of completion that you will need to submit to the court or your insurance company. That’s what we call above and beyond!
Does the course work? Yes, it is approved by the state of Texas (TEA & TDLR).
Not only is it approved, but it also works in that the content of the course is engaging and memorable. You will walk away from this course with a smile on your face and hardly realizing that six hours of time has passed.
In this way it is effective, and that is probably the most important thing long term; not only so that you will pass your exam, but so that you will become a better driver and maybe even teach others to also be good drivers. Teach a man to fish. Teach a man to drive safely. See where we’re going with that?
Is the course desired? Yes! One person may tell a lie. We all are probably guilty of lying at some point in life about something. Don’t lie. However, when it comes to thousands and thousands of customers reviews, the chances that they are all lying are very slim.
The customer reviews for this company are incredibly high in comparison to most of the best defensive driving course in Texas list. As far as being the absolute best, the cream of the crop, the top of it’s game, this course takes the cake as far as we’re concerned.
Aceable.com offers a very good course that is deserving of being on the ‘best’ list.
As far as going above and beyond, this course features a mobile application that allows you to take the course easily and conveniently from your favorite mobile device.
Does it work? Yes, it is also a state approved course.
The course content is perhaps a little less engaging than Approved Course’s content, but it is still very good and one of the best around!
As far as if the course is desired or not goes, this course boasts an average user rating by Trustpilot of 9.6 out of 10 based on over 18 thousand reviews! That’s pretty high and definitely worth trusting.
Although DefensiveDriving.com doesn’t necessarily belong on the list of bests, it is an interesting study at how these courses can vary and will give us some contrast into why the other courses are so good.
Besides some less than stellar customer comments, the website is a little bit janky and outdated. In their defense, they have been at this longer than almost any other provider in Texas.
Although it is state-approved, that is just the minimum requirement to be able to legally conduct a course in the state of Texas. The biggest and most important thing is not super solid here, and that is the engagement of the course content. In general, people say that it is “not as interesting as I’d hoped.”
Another feature of this course that is lacking is that there is no option to take a defensive driving course in some states; most states actually. Another red flag is that there is almost no indication of price.
When you click on register for the course, there is only a brief glimpse of the price that sort of disappears quickly for some reason. Bug in the system? Yikes! I certainly hope that doesn’t happen with your certificate of completion!
TX Defensive Driving Online is another sterling example of a ‘best’ course list-worthy course. This course is very simple and straightforward. The content is very engaging, and people love it. Its website has a very simplistic design and it is very easy to sign up and register for a course.
As far as desirable goes, this course fits the bill with very high average customer reviews. Of course, it is state-approved as well (we wouldn’t put one on this shortlist if it wasn’t.) As far as going above and beyond, it seems to be a very basic course that doesn’t offer a lot of bells and whistles, but maybe that’s a good thing; some consider true simplicity to be bliss!
A Sense of Humor Defensive Driving is just one of the many highly rated courses on all of the lists you can dig up on Google of “top-rated defensive driving courses in Texas,” but there is a special reason that we are adding it to this list.
In addition to having engaging course content (maybe not as much as the highest-rated courses, but still very good), being state-approved, and having good customer reviews, it is one of the only courses that have a very personal “About Us” section.
The backstory of this course is pretty interesting. A Sense of Humor started its life as a highly-rated classroom course based in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Then a little thing called the internet arrived and the company closed up its brick and mortars and moved full throttle onto the information superhighway. Good news for customer convenience, bad news for all the now unemployed IRL instructors!
Long “About Us” story short, one of those displaced instructors and his son bought the online course 20 years later, and they are just as dedicated to your safety (and defensive driving fun) all these years later. You should check them out!
Hopefully, after reading this shortlist of courses, you can decide what personally makes the best defensive driving course in Texas for you.
Why YOU Should Choose Approved Course!
To better answer this question, first ask yourself “Do I want to actually learn something or just get by?” If your answer to that question is the latter, then you might want to reassess how you are spending your time! It’s certainly understandable, however, to want to get something done quickly and efficiently.
This company and their course helps you with that, and maybe even more so than other courses. The course has a very fluid feel and flow to it, and you kind of feel like you are whizzing by while taking the course.
The 100% video course option that is now available also has a great sense of humor to it thrown it, and that makes for a very engaging and fun study. We are also far more likely to remember things when we are having fun.
Just like most of the other courses available, it is state approved, so you don’t have to worry about all of your work being wasted at the end. We cannot stress enough the importance of customer reviews, and this course has no shortage of raving reviews.
A great feature of this course is that there is also no final exam. The customer service is available for extended hours, so it is very easy to get in touch with someone, and they are also very fast about getting back to emails in a timely manner.
This course is engaging, approved (hence the name!), and highly desired satisfying (acing!) all three requirements of our definition of the ‘best’. That is why we recommend this course above all of the others, but by all means, please do your own research as well, but we are confident that many of your opinions will line up with ours.
Approved Course Has a Video Course, Too!
Getting Started with Approved Course
Signing up for this course is very simple. You will need to enter some very basic information including your email address, and then you are on your way.
If you’re not sure about taking the course, or have more questions before you start, you can reach out to their customer support team at 1-800-581-3997.
Choosing the Best Defensive Driving Course in Texas
Remember, when you are shopping around for the best defensive driving course in Texas, check for the basic requirements first; are they approved? Are they a legitimate company? Then look at is their content engaging and memorable? And finally, are they a desired course? Do people just love this course?
We’re happy that you joined us today for this adventure to discover what is literally the best defensive driving course in Texas, and hopefully, you have gained some insight and opinions of your own as well. Our hope is that you are excited about educating yourself and others in driving defensively and safely!
John FabelI have a long and checkered history with defensive driving. I took my first "court invited" course at age 15 and realized immediately that there had to be a better way. Since that first experience, I have gone on to teach defensive driving classroom courses and to author four internet courses in 2 states. After nearly 25 years in the industry, I can help you find a course that will be the best fit for you.
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