As one of the top online traffic schools offered in California, we have received a large amount of inquiries from new drivers in regards to a driver’s education course, as well as to taking our course voluntarily to educate themselves further on California’s laws and driving culture. So what’s the exact difference from our Traffic Violators course and a Driver’s Education course?
Traffic Violator courses are meant for individuals that have a driver’s license, have received a traffic citation and would like it dismissed while having the points accumulating on their driving record masked. In most cases individuals have received a court order to take traffic school or received a letter from the DMV requiring that they take a course. The material covers area such as aggressive driving, defensive driving, operator responsibilities, and what to expect on the road.
Typically, this course is taken for a moving violation and therefore can be anticipated as a negative experience. You can take the traffic school course in a classroom, but taking a classroom course where you’ll have to spend about 8 hours of your day can seem like a punishment. Our course is conveniently online and accessible from the comfort of your own home or anywhere that offers Wi-Fi. Online courses allow you to log in and out as much as you would like, as long you complete the course by the due date designated by the court. Once you complete the course, your completion is reported to the DMV and they submit a copy of the certificate to the designated court. If a course is not taken or passed, points are applied to your driving record and if enough points add up, your license can be revoked.
Driver’s Ed is designed for brand new drivers that have never been behind the wheel of a vehicle before and would like to start the process of getting their driver’s license. Driver’s education is typically a requirement to earn a learner’s permit and driver’s license prior to turning 18 years old. A driver’s education course is designed specifically to prepare you to pass the DMV permit test and eventually get a driver’s license.
Like the defensive driving course, a driver’s education course covers all the important information from the DMV driver handbook, information that a new driver must know to operate a vehicle and drive safely. This course is taken with a behind-the-wheel class, this being the first driving experience for some students. You’re guided by an adult licensee ridding in the passenger side explaining rules and directing you turn by turn. Since this course is a stepping-stone towards getting your driver’s license, it is looked forward to in a much more positive outlook than a defensive driving course. Once the course is completed, status is reported to the DMV and you are then eligible to take the permit test. Once the permit is obtained, you can proceed with further behind-the-wheel training and practice with a licensed driver over 21 years of age.
Ultimately both courses offer educational materials that can benefit drivers, both new and experienced. Taking a traffic school course can be beneficial to a new driver, it would help provide an in-depth understanding of what to be cautious for on the road, what causes accidents, and how to avoid becoming an offender.