Defensive Driving in Arlington

by John Fabel | Last Updated: February 9, 2021

With nearly 400,000 residents potentially on the road at any given time, driving in Arlington can be challenging. In Texas’s seventh-largest city, driving can sometimes get as spicy as the salsa at Abuelo’s.

Arlington can be a dangerous place to drive, both physically and fiscally. Arlington averages 6,900 collisions per year, with roughly a third of them resulting in injuries or fatalities.  

Since most accidents are caused by a failure to control speed, law enforcement does its best to slow this trend by writing tickets. In the US, 100,000 speeding tickets are written every day, and, no doubt, Arlington drivers get their fair share. At an average cost of $150 a ticket, the nation’s speeders pay out nearly $5.5 billion dollars in fines, and each of them faces a 22-25% increase in their car insurance premiums for the next three years.

All of these costs could be drastically reduced with better driving by all. Arlington drivers can bring these numbers down by taking defensive driving (also known in Texas as a “driver safety course”). Tips and reminders of how to navigate the roads safely are the main topics of any driving course. The started purpose of a TDLR-approved course is to teach drivers to “change their perceptions, attitudes, and skills to make Texas roads and highways a safer place to drive.” Other benefits of taking a defensive driving course include ticket dismissal and insurance savings, all at a reasonable cost.

The Easiest Way to Take Defensive Driving in Arlington? Do it Online

Since there’s no way of knowing if the world will ever return to a “pre-Covid normal,” the easiest (and safest) way to complete a course would be to take one online. The ability to work at your own pace from your own place makes it the most convenient way, too. Any of the schools listed below offer courses approved for ticket dismissal and/or insurance discount. And you can choose any of them with confidence that they are fully certified by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR).

Arlington’s Best TDLR-Approved Online Defensive Driving Providers

School

Name

TDLR Ref #

Phone

Rating

Rated #1!

Approved Course Defensive Driving

CP280

800-581-3997

5/5

DefensiveDriving.com

CP284

713-488-4035

4.5/5

Aceable

CP262

512-865-6549

4.5/5

I Drive Safely

CP225

800-723-1955

3.5/5

 A Sense of Humor Driving

CP814

866-631-0414

4/5

Tired of Being Cooped Up?

If you’ve seen enough of the inside of your house lately, you can still get out and take defensive driving in a classroom. Be ready to mask up and work around some limited schedules, but these guys are still “doing the deal.”

Depending on the school, classroom defensive driving has always been fun; being in the presence of humans again might even make it more so. Now I’m not gonna lie; classroom defensive driving in Arlington is hard to find anymore. Here are some schools where you can still make that happen.

Austin Driving School

Austin Driving School arlington

Based in Austin with locations in Tarrant County, Austin Driving School is state-certified, bonded, and insured, offering defensive driving and many other driving courses. They also offer teen drivers ed, adult drivers ed, and courses for minor in possession offenders, DWI offenders, and drug offenders. In all of their offerings, Austin Driving School is committed to saving lives, reducing stress, and promoting responsible driving habits.

Visit AustinDrivingSchool.com for locations or call (512) 280-4499

First Class Driver

first class driver fort worth

Whether you are looking to get your license, needing to remove a traffic ticket, or considering making driving a full-time or part-time profession, First Class Driver is the place to start. First Class is a full-service driving center making it easy and fun to get behind the wheel. They have helped thousands of people enjoy the fun and freedom of being a safe, licensed driver.

4255 Bryant Irvin Rd Ste 105, Fort Worth, TX 76109 or call (817) 731-0200

In the bygone B.C. (before Covid) days, schools like Comedy GuysFunny Bone, and My Improv were famous for their defensive driving classes that were more or less dinner and a show. Hopefully, they’ll be back soon.

If You Have Received a Ticket in Arlington

Defensive driving courses can be used to improve driving skills and earn insurance discounts, but the benefit most people look for is ticket dismissal. 

The first step to taking defensive driving is receiving permission to do so. The Arlington process for asking “pretty please” must follow these rules:

  • The request to take the course must be made by mail or in person before your appearance date
  • You must pay court costs and an administrative fee
  • You must present a copy of a current Texas driver’s license
  • You must present current proof of insurance

Dismissal for most citations is possible unless the ticket was written:

  • For speeding 25 miles per hour (or more) over the posted limit
  • Passing a stopped school bus
  • In a posted construction zone while workers are present
  • Leaving the scene of an accident
  • Fleeing police

Ticket dismissal is also not a possibility if you are the holder of a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) or if you have dismissed a ticket with defensive driving in the past 12 months.

Driving in Arlington

Nested at the center of the Metroplex, Arlington residents regularly commute to Fort Worth or Dallas for work or pleasure. An excellent highway system easily accomplishes this task, but the locals all seem to refer to these roads by name instead of number. Let’s break down a few to reduce a little confusion for the first-timers. 

If you are headed to Fort Worth on:

  • State Highway 121, you’re on Airport Freeway
  • State Highway 121 (between I-30 and U.S. 67), you’re on Chisholm Trail Parkway
  • Interstate 20 (west of Interstate 635), you’re on Ronald Reagan Freeway
  • Interstate 30 (east of Interstate 35W), you’re on East Freeway
  • Interstate 30 (west of Interstate 35W), you’re on Tom Landry Freeway
  • Interstate 35 W (north of Interstate 30), you’re on North Freeway
  • Interstate 35 W (south of Interstate 30), you’re on South Freeway

If you are headed to Dallas on:

  • Interstate 35E (south of downtown) and Interstate 30 (east of downtown), you’re on R.L. Thornton
  • Interstate  635, you’re onLBJ
  • Interstate 35E (north of downtown to Loop 12), you’re on Stemmons Freeway
  • Interstate 45 (downtown to I-20), you’re on S.M. Wright Freeway
  • Interstate 45 (south of I-20), you’re on Julius Schwepps Freeway
  • Texas 161, you’re on the President George Bush Turnpike (PGBT) Why no traffic reporter has referred to this roadway as “the Pig Butt” yet is still beyond me.

More Cool Stuff to Do in Arlington

Besides its wide variety of peculiarly named freeways, Texas’ seventh-largest city has a lot to offer. What might you discover if you headed there?

Whatever you decide to see or do in Arlington, be careful driving to get there. Without question, the driving environment here can pose some real traffic challenges. Consider taking a defensive driving course to make sure you get to your “whatever” safely.

John Fabel

I 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.