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Welcome to our Free Defensive Driving Course!

This course is available for anyone who wants to learn how to become a safer driver. Need to dismiss a ticket or get an insurance discount? Check out our state-approved courses.

Introduction and Course Overview

Texas Course Info Provided by the TDLR

Taking a TDLR-approved defensive driving course offers several benefits, including the ability to dismiss traffic tickets and potentially lower your insurance rates. More importantly, it equips you with the skills needed to navigate Texas roads safely.

Did you know that over 1 million drivers in Texas benefit from TDLR-approved defensive driving courses each year? If you have gotten a ticket recently, relax. You’re clearly not the only one!

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) ensures that all approved driving courses provide a standardized curriculum that equips drivers with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate Texas roads safely. Let’s explore the essential course content details and driving course curriculum that make these courses so valuable.

Course Content Details

These are the subjects that must be covered in a Texas defensive driving class. For the folks at the TDLR, this isn’t just a good idea, it’s the LAW.

Core Subjects

Instruction on Texas traffic laws and regulations is part of Texas Course Info Provided by the TDLR
Texas traffic laws and regulations
Understanding the rules of the road is crucial for safe driving
Instruction on Texas defensive driving techniques is part of Texas Course Info Provided by the TDLR
Defensive driving techniques
Learn how to anticipate hazards, react appropriately, and avoid collisions
tips for safe driving are part of Texas Course Info Provided by the TDLR
Safe driving practices
Sharpen your skills on techniques like proper following distance, lane changing procedures, and handling emergencies
Information about the Effects of alcohol and drugs on driving is part of Texas Course Info Provided by the TDLR
Effects of alcohol and drugs on driving
Gain knowledge about the dangers of driving under the influence
Information about Driver attitude and behavior is part of Texas Course Info Provided by the TDLR
Driver attitude and behavior
Learn how having focus and the proper frame of mind keeps everybody safe
Information about safely Sharing the Road is part of Texas Course Info Provided by the TDLR
Sharing the Road
Explore how to safely interact with other drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians
Basic car care tips are part of Texas Course Info Provided by the TDLR
Vehicle safety and maintenance
Course info also includes basic car care practices to ensure your vehicle remains in safe driving condition

Course Delivery

To cater to different learning styles, TDLR-approved courses offer a variety of engaging materials.

  • Informative videos—If a picture paints a thousand words, how many more can be painted by a kazillion moving pictures?
  • Illustrative graphics and animations—Keeps your brain from getting bored from staring at a wall of words
  • Comprehensive text modules—Supplemental reading materials provide in-depth explanations of key concepts
  • Interactive quizzes and exercises—Test your knowledge and solidify your understanding of the course content

A word about the videos contained in defensive driving courses. In a “standard” TDLR course, a minimum 30% of the instructional content must be delivered via video. the state also allows courses that are 100% video. A video course makes completing defensive driving as easy as watching TV!

We have found that students who chose our 100% video course finished their courses 30% faster! Save time with the online video course!

Course Structure

The TDLR mandates a minimum of 6 hours of instruction for all defensive driving courses. Here’s a typical breakdown of the driving course curriculum:

  1. Introduction and Course Overview (30 minutes)
  2. Texas Traffic Laws and Regulations (1 hour)
  3. Defensive Driving Techniques (1.5 hours)
  4. Accident Prevention and Safety (1 hour)
  5. Alcohol and Drug Awareness (1 hour)
  6. Driver Attitude and Behavior (30 minutes)
  7. Vehicle Maintenance and Safety (30 minutes)

If you’ve ever been curious as to how the sausage gets made, here’s the COI (Course of Organized Instruction) for a Texas driver safety class. Imagine turning that guideline into a course someone could bear to sit through. Kinda surprising how many driving schools have!

Some Closing Thoughts

If you choose to switch from this free course to one that can dismiss a ticket or score an insurance discount, be sure to select one that is TDLR-approved. You can check a course provider’s license status on the TDLR website.

Once you begin your course, you must complete it within 90 days. This is usually not a problem for most—their court due date comes up way before then.

To successfully complete the course you must:

  • Complete all units of instruction
  • Pass the final exam (or all unit quizzes) with a score of 70% or higher
  • Verify your identity through personal questions throughout the course

Upon successful completion, you’ll receive a certificate of completion. This certificate can be used for ticket dismissal or insurance discount purposes.

It’s time to move on from your moving violation.
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