Defensive Driving in Denton, Texas

by John Fabel | Last Updated: 2024-01-24

Driving in Denton can be challenging, with nearly 140,000 residents potentially on the road at any given time. In the bustling home of the University of North Texas, driving can sometimes get as spicy as the salsa at the Chuys.

Denton can be a dangerous place to drive, both physically and fiscally. Denton averages 3,300 collisions annually, with nearly a third 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 U.S., 100,000 speeding tickets are written every day, and, no doubt, Denton 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. Denton 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 stated 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 Denton? Do it Online

With the hectic pace of life, the easiest way to complete a course is to take it 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 as they are fully certified by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR).

Denton’s Best TDLR-Approved Online Defensive Driving Providers

Online Not for You?

We understand that learning online is not everybody’s preference. If you prefer to “get your learnin’ live,” you can still get out and take defensive driving in a classroom.

Depending on the school, classroom defensive driving has always been fun. Now I’m not gonna lie; classroom defensive driving in Waco is hard to find anymore. Here’s one school we found where you can still take defensive driving in the presence of other humans.

Trinity Defensive Driving DFW

Trinity defensive driving dfw

Trinity Defensive Driving DFW offers TDLR-approved defensive driving classes good for ticket dismissal and insurance discounts.

420 E McKinney St, Denton, TX 76209 or call 214-504-5845

In the bygone B.C. (before Covid) days, schools like Comedy Guys, Funny 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 Denton

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 Denton process for asking “pretty please” is outlined on the City of Denton website.

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

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

Driving in Denton

Denton is a fairly easy town to navigate by car, and because of that, the average one-way commute to work is only 23.8 minutes, beating the U.S. average of 26.4 minutes.

How people in Denton get to work:

More Cool Stuff About Denton

With the nearby I-35 split, Denton’s location gives easy access to the many attractions in Dallas and Fort Worth, but there is much for tourists and locals to do in and around town. Take advantage of these local sights to see:

No Matter Your Plans

Whatever you decide to see or do in Denton, 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.