With over 140,000 residents potentially on the road at any given time, driving in McAllen can be challenging. In this bustling border town, driving can sometimes get as spicy as the salsa at Delia’s.
McAllen can be a dangerous place to drive, both physically and fiscally. McAllen averages nearly 2,700 collisions per year, 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 US, 100,000 speeding tickets are written every day, and, no doubt, McAllen 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. McAllen 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 McAllen? 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).
McAllen’s Best TDLR-Approved Online Defensive Driving Providers
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 McAllen is hard to find anymore. Here’s a couple of schools where you can still take defensive driving in the presence of other humans
Besides their TDLR-approved defensive driving course, Adapt and ABC Defensive Driving School also offers DWI education, drug offender education, DWI repeat offender education, alcohol awareness MIP, and anger management courses.
5110 Wilkinson Dr #108, Corpus Christi, TX 78415 or call 361-985-8598
Benavides Driving School
Opened in 1975, Benavides Driving School has taught thousands of folks in the Rio Grande Valley how to drive. They are also prepared to keep those drivers sharp with TDLR-approved defensive driving classes offered every other Saturday from 8:30-2:30.
Visit Benavides Driving School, located at 137 East Price Road, Brownsville, TX, 78520 or call 956-541-2484
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 McAllen
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 McAllen process for asking “pretty please” starts with following these steps.
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 McAllen
McAllen is a fairly easy town to navigate by car, but it can take a little time to get to work. The average one-way commute to work in McAllen is 31.3 minutes, nearly five minutes longer than the US average of 26.4 minutes. This difference might be explained by the number of people that live in McAllen but work in Dallas
How people in McAllen get to work:
- 79.9% drive their own car alone
- 13.0% carpool with others
- 2.3% work from home
- 0.5% take mass transit
More Cool Stuff About McAllen
McAllen’s is a city with much for tourists and locals to see and do in and around town.
- Looking for Some Family Fun? Give one of these spots a try
- Like to Take in the Great Outdoors? Put these destinations on your list
- Get back to nature at Quinta Mazatlan. Walk the trails and see the large variety of birds that live and migrate here.
- Wander the McAllen Nature Center, a 33-acre nature site that features 1.6 miles of trails (including ¾ mile ADA accessible).
- Enjoy fishing, boating, and other water sports at Town Lake.
- Feeling “Artsy?” Mc Allen has a lot to offer
No Matter Your Plans
Whatever you decide to see or do in McAllen, 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 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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