Defensive Driving in Plano, Texas

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

With nearly 300,000 residents potentially on the road at any given time, driving in Plano can be challenging. In Texas’s ninth-largest city, driving can sometimes get as spicy as the salsa at Torchy’s Tacos.

Plano can be a dangerous place to drive, both physically and fiscally. Plano averages 5,500 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, Plano 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. Plano 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 Plano? 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).

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

Cy-Fair Driving School

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Houston-based Cy-fair Driving School offers 6-hour, TDLR-approved defensive driving courses multiple times each week with two Dallas locations. These courses are good for ticket dismissal and/or insurance discount. Reservations required.

Visit for location information and call (832) 647-3526 (main) or (832) 326-5628 (cell) to claim your spot.

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 Plano

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 Plano process for asking “pretty please” requires filling out an Application for Driving Safety which can be handled in person or online.

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 Plano

Nestled just north of Dallas, Plano is home to an excellent highway system, but the locals all seem to refer to them by name instead of number. This can cause a little confusion for the uninitiated, so let’s break down a few.

If you are driving on:

And don’t even get me started on the S.M. Wright Freeway or the Julius Schwepps or the Marvin D. Love or the John Carpenter. Who were all these guys anyway?!?

More Cool Stuff About Plano

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

No Matter Your Plans

Whatever you decide to see or do in Plano, 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.