With over 150,000 residents potentially on the road at any given time, driving in Pasadena can be challenging. With the bustle of nearby Houston, driving can sometimes get as spicy as the salsa at Mamarita’s.
Pasadena can be a dangerous place to drive, both physically and fiscally. Pasadena averages around 3,800 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, Pasadena 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. Pasadena 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.[wptb id=473]
The Easiest Way to Take Defensive Driving in Pasadena? 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).
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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 Pasadena is hard to find anymore. If you don’t mind heading into Houston, here’s a few places where you can still take defensive driving in the presence of other humans
Ticket Blasters has been helping traffic tickets disappear since 1993. They offer classes at the Golden Corral restaurants in Baytown and Pasadena that include food and beverage. Family-owned, Ticket Blasters is known for its excellent customer service before, during, and after the class. Taught by professional instructors, Ticket Blasters classes are informal, informative, and entertaining.
855 Normandy St, Houston, TX 77044 or call (281) 457-6700
Located in the Westwood area since 2003, Ila Driving School offers state-certified defensive driving with excellent instructors. This school presents a defensive driving course designed to keep drivers of all ages safe on the road at all times. Instructors use their experience, knowledge, and encouragement to make you feel more confident the next time you get behind the wheel.
9898 Bissonnet St Ste 277, Houston, TX 77036 or call (832) 640-8362
Monroy Driving School offers a defensive driving course that is fun, effective and satisfies court orders or insurance requirements. You’ll improve your skills for preventing accidents and moving violations after taking their class. Monroy even offers classes in Spanish and what they call an “ASAP course” for those who need to complete their course and receive a certificate quickly.
5205 Telephone Rd Ste B, Houston, TX 77087 or call (713) 239-2275 or you can Find them on Facebook
Cy-fair Driving School offers 6-hour, TDLR-approved defensive driving courses multiple times each week at their 10 greater Houston locations. These courses are good for ticket dismissal and/or insurance discount. Reservations required.
Visit CyFairDrivingSchool.com for location information and call (832) 647-3526 (main) or (832) 326-5628 (cell) to claim a spot.
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 Pasadena
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 Pasadena process for asking “pretty please” involves downloading this form and submitting it to the court. Then, once you have received permission, you can complete the rest of the listed items and your ticket will disappear.
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 Pasadena
Pasadena is a fairly easy town to navigate by car. People from other cities may even be jealous that the average drive time to work averages only 26.2 minutes, slightly edging the US average of 26.4 minutes.
How people in Pasadena get to work:
- 80.3% drive their own car alone
- 14.1% carpool with others
- 2.6% work from home
- 0.4% take mass transit
More Cool Stuff About Pasadena
Pasadena’s location gives it easy access to many of Houston’s biggest attractions and being on the south side of the big city gives residents an easy path to the coast. Drive about 30 minutes in any direction and you’ll run into something cool, things like:
- Space Center Houston—Learn about the technology and brainpower that got us into space and the things we’re doing to keep us there. Artifacts you’ll see there include space capsules and suits, a Saturn V rocket, and the lectern behind which JFK stood when he announced that America was committed to going to the moon.
- More Learning for Both Young and Old—Plenty of nearby museums including the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Museum of Fine Arts, Heritage Park & Museum, and the Children’s Museum of Houston.
- Calling All Animal Lovers—If this means you, don’t miss out on a trip to the Houston Zoo.
- Need Some “Retail Therapy?”—Get a big dose all under one roof at the Galleria.
- Stroll the Boardwalk—Head Gulfward to Kemah for boating, fishing, shopping, and dining.
No Matter Your Plans
Whatever you decide to see or do in Pasadena, 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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