Defensive Driving in El Paso, Texas

by John Fabel | Last Updated: September 29, 2022

With nearly 700,000 residents potentially on the road at any given time, driving in El Paso can be challenging. In Texas’s sixth-largest city, driving can sometimes get as spicy as the salsa at Carlos and Mickey’s

El Paso can be a dangerous place to drive, both physically and fiscally. El Paso averages 17,000+ 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, El Paso 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. El Paso 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 El Paso? 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).

El Paso’s Best TDLR-Approved Online Defensive Driving Providers



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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; being in the presence of humans again might even make it more so. Now I’m not gonna lie; classroom defensive driving in El Paso is hard to find anymore. However, here are some schools where you can still make that happen.

ANP Driving School

ANP Driving School has served the El Paso area with professional driver instruction since 2003. A leading provider of driver education courses for teens and adults, they also offer defensive driving ticket dismissal courses that are regularly available throughout the week.

657 Horizon Blvd Ste J, Socorro, TX 79927 or call (915) 858-6259

Sunny Day Defensive Driving

Sunny Day defensive driving el paso

After several months of pandemic shutdown, Sunny Day is back, offering Saturday classes. Their TDLR-approved courses can be used for ticket dismissal and/or insurance discounts. Classes are held at the eastside Golden Corral at 1460 N. Lee Trevino Dr, 79936.

Call 915-585-8300 to register

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 El Paso

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 El Paso process for asking “pretty please” can happen:

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

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 El Paso

El Paso offers some beautiful scenic drives if you love the occasional road trip.

More Cool Stuff About El Paso

Besides beautiful drives, Texas’ fifth-largest city has a lot to offer. Here are some fun facts you may not know about “El Chuco.”

Whatever you decide to see or do in El Paso, 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.