There are many reasons you might take a traffic school course:
- The Big One—You got yourself a ticket
- The Smart One—You’d like to save some money on insurance
- The “Have-to” One—You drive a vehicle for work and the boss says you gotta
- The Incredibly Rare One—You want to brush up your skills to become a better driver
Question is, how are you going to get it behind you? My kid brother is fond of saying that if you give the hardest job to the laziest man, he’ll find the easiest way to do it with the least amount of effort expended.
As with most anything else in our lives these days, the “easiest way” is to do it online. There are a few classroom courses still to be found, and classroom courses can be fun. However, if you fall into the category my brother speaks of, an internet course is probably the best option.
I do realize that if you have already Googled “Virginia driver improvement,” you probably choked at the number of options available. How do you know where to begin?
Here’s where we’d like to help you out. We’re going to take a quick look at the three online Virginia providers that we think are the best. If, after reading our reviews you don’t agree, we’ve also linked to a list of all the online VA DMV-approved driver improvement clinics we could find. Get ready to do some scrolling; there’s a bunch of them.
Ready to Get Started?
Then let’s find you a course. Here’s the short version and the reviews can be found below.
Our Top 3 VA Driver Improvement Courses
Nationwide there are hundreds (if not thousands) of defensive driving courses available, offered both online and in classrooms. Which is “best for you” ultimately comes down to personal preference and learning style. However, there are important features that should be considered when making your decision.
- State approval
- Customer reviews
- Effectiveness of content
While there are certainly more ways to evaluate courses for evaluation, these four criteria will lend simplicity to rating our shortlist.
Is the course state-approved?
State approval is of critical importance and should be your first consideration. Courts, employers, and insurance companies will not accept courses offered by non-credentialed providers. I can’t imagine many things worse than spending the time, money, and effort to complete a course, only to find out it was all for nothing. Womp womp! Cue sad trombone sound.
How much does the course cost?
The next thing you might look for is price. Cost is a factor for obvious reasons. After all, as you’re not making a pleasure purchase here, you might as well save money, right?
What do others who have taken the course say?
Customer ratings can also be helpful as they will give you an idea of some experiences that might encourage you and things that you may potentially want to avoid. Keep in mind, though: not every negative review is with a solid foundation. Some people are just bitter about having to take defensive driving at all. While reviews can be helpful, they still should be taken with a grain of salt.
How well does the course teach the material?
Remember back in high school when there was that one biology (or English or history) teacher that everyone loved and learned from while all the others were, well, not? Why were those classes so different? Weren’t they teaching the same thing?
The same differences apply to defensive driving courses. To garner state approval, courses must cover the same state-mandated curriculum. Just as with those cherished teachers from your school days, some courses are better at “making things stick” by how the material is presented.
We understand that everyone has a different learning style that works best for them, so we’ll try to highlight how each of our courses “gets the point across” to try to make your choice easier.
So, without any further ado (because we’ve had more than enough ado already!), here are our choices for the top online Virginia driver improvement courses we’ve found.
My Improv started in the driving business over 30 years ago and was founded in partnership with the World-Famous Improv Comedy Club. Written by professional Hollywood writers, they present a serious subject in a humorous and light-hearted way. As an added bonus, they will throw in four tickets to your nearest Improv Comedy Club if you choose their course.
- Advantages of MyImprov
- Short (as little as two-question) unit quizzes
- What students are saying—
- Virginia B. says “This online course is straightforward and convenient…”
- QC K. says “…the best overall experience”
- Glenda C. says “I liked how humor and comedy was infused into training.”
iDriveSafely was one of the first online driver safety providers in the industry. They have served over 5,000,000 customers over their long history and have maintained a very good reputation. The school has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and a nearly 5-star rating on TrustPilot.
- Advantages of i Drive Safely
- Trusted by 5,000,000 customers
- Great ratings by customers, Trustpilot, and the BBB
- Works well on mobile devices
- What students are saying—
- Adam B. says “Well prepared and thorough.”
- John S. says “Got the job done, pretty easy.”
- Janet W. says “Clear, simple, successful.”
Safe2Drive is operated by Inventrum, LLC, which was founded in 2003. The company provides online defensive driving, traffic safety, and driver’s ed courses in 11 states. They provide a seamless signup process, easy-to-answer tests, and responsive customer service.
- Advantages of Safe 2 Drive
- Fun and interactive lessons
- Convenient online course
- Excellent customer support
- What students are saying—
- Marcus W. says “The course is really excellent…”
- Teresa R. says “Super helpful and friendly staff.”
- Mackenzie H. says “Great. Definitely recommend this course.”
What are You Waiting For?
The fastest way to get this thing done is to get started. Here are some more tips to help you on the way if you still have a question or two.
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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