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  1. Is this course approved?
  2. Why should I take a Texas Driver Safety Course / Defensive Driving Course?
  3. I'm not sure if I'm eligible to take Texas Defensive Driving. How do I find out?
  4. How Often Can You Take Defensive Driving in Texas?
  5. How long will this course take?
  6. What types of things will I study?
  7. Do I have to take a final exam?
  8. What is the testing and grading policy?
  9. Is there any way I can fail the course?
  10. Why does this course have timers?
  11. Is there a time limit to complete this course?
  12. What happens if I don't complete my course in time?
  13. If my defensive driving course due date is tomorrow can I still take this course?
  14. Is this course iPad and iPhone compatible?
  15. Can I take this course on my Android device?
  16. How can I reduce the points on my driving record in Texas?
  17. How do I earn an insurance discount?
  18. What certificate delivery options do I have?
  19. I live in another state and got a traffic ticket in Texas. Can I still take a defensive driving course?

1. Is this course approved?

Yes! The Streaming Video, Text-Based, Insurance Discount, and Seat Belt courses have all been approved by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to satisfy state requirements for ticket dismissal and insurance reductions.

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2. Why should I take a Texas Driver Safety Course / Defensive Driving Course?

There are many reasons why drivers take our Texas Driver Safety Course. Some of these include:

  • Dismiss your ticket: By taking this course for a ticket, you can keep points off your driving record.
  • Reduce your insurance rate: If your insurance provider offers a discount for course completion, you can typically get a 10% rate reduction.
  • Get both of the above (if you're eligible)!
  • Learn valuable safe-driving information which lasts a lifetime

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3. I'm not sure if I'm eligible to take Texas Defensive Driving. How do I find out?

We have all of the eligibility requirements and steps to take for Texas Defensive Driving listed on our How It Works page. Generally, you are eligible in the state of Texas if you:

  • Hold a valid non-commercial driver's license
  • Have been cited for a minor moving violation
  • Have NOT completed a defensive driving course in the last 12 months
  • Did NOT commit your infraction in a construction zone.

If you still are unclear as to whether you qualify for traffic school, contact your court and request more information concerning your particular circumstances.

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4. How Often Can You Take Defensive Driving in Texas?

You may take a defensive driving course to dismiss a ticket in Texas once every 12 months. You must make sure you request permission from the court to do so by the appearance date on your ticket.

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5. How long will this course take?

Your course is required by the state to meet a 6-hour length requirement. But remember – you can work through those 6 hours at whatever pace you choose, and you do not have to complete it all in one day (you can if you want to, of course!).

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6. What types of things will I study?

Each of your chapters focuses on a single topic that pertains to Texas driving and traffic laws. These topics include:

  • Highway safety
  • Alcohol- and drug-impaired driving
  • State traffic laws
  • Driving emergencies
  • Vehicle maintenance

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7. Do I have to take a final exam?

No! Once you finish the last chapter quiz, you are finished with your course, and do not have to take a final exam.

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8. What is the testing and grading policy?

Each chapter contains a quiz that reviews important content from that chapter. There are 10 questions per quiz, and you must score a 70% or higher to move onto the next chapter. The quizzes will provide you with an excellent opportunity to master the course material. You will be provided with feedback on any incorrect answers, and you may retake your quizzes an unlimited amount of times. If you fail a quiz, you will be asked to retake the chapter's lesson material before attempting the quiz again.

There is no final exam for your Texas Defensive Driving course.

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9. Is there any way I can fail the course?

Absolutely not! You have unlimited retakes on your chapter quizzes, so if you fail to achieve a 70% on your first try, you may simply retake the chapter again until you pass.

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10. Why does this course have timers?

This course is required by Texas law to span 6 hours in length. To comply with this law, we (and all other online defensive driving schools) are required to place timers on each page of the course. We realize that some students may read faster than the timer will permit you to advance, but state regulations prohibit us from changing this function. The timers cannot be disabled for any reason.

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11. Is there a time limit to complete this course?

Deadlines are typically determined by the Texas courts. While we allow you 180 days to complete your course before your account is suspended, the court may require you to finish your course much sooner than that. Make sure to determine your court's deadline before beginning the course.

Regardless of court deadlines, you MUST complete the course within 180 days of registration. Any student who has not successfully completed the course within 180 days will be terminated without notice and will not be eligible for a refund.

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12. What happens if I don't complete my course in time?

Your ticket and points will be added to your driving record, and will be reported to your insurance company.

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13. If my defensive driving course due date is tomorrow can I still take this course?

Yes, however, keep in mind that this course will take at least 6 hours to complete. You will also need to have your certificate mailed to you via overnight mail

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14. Is this course iPad and iPhone compatible?

Yes! You can take this course on your iPad or iPhone, making it the most convenient online course available. As long as you have a good connection to the Internet through your device then you are good to go!

Keep in mind, with its larger screen, the iPad offers a more enjoyable course experience with much less scrolling than on an iPhone.

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15. Can I take this course on my Android device?

Yes, our Texas Streaming Video course is fully compatible on Android devices.

Our text-based course is also compatible, but keep in mind you may need to install a Flash plug-in to view all the videos.

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16. How can I reduce the points on my driving record in Texas?

If your court grants you permission, you can take a defensive driving course to reduce points on your driving record. If this is the case, you typically have 90 days to successfully complete the course.

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17. How do I earn an insurance discount?

After you complete your Texas Insurance Discount course, simply take your Certificate of Completion to your insurance company. They will process your course completion and apply your predetermined discount to your premium!

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18. What certificate delivery options do I have?

Please visit "Certificate Delivery" Page.

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19. I live in another state and got a traffic ticket in Texas. Can I still take a defensive driving course?

Typically, the answer is yes. You will need to contact the court listed on your citation and request permission to do so. Upon completion of your course, you will need to send in your certificate to that court for processing. They may also require a copy of your home state driving record.

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