Take a quick look around and you’ll find quite a lot of reviews on here for online traffic schools, defensive driving courses, and driver’s ed classes. Our aim is to put all of this information in one place to make it easier for you to pick the right school for you based on your needs.
New online schools are popping up regularly, and it’s honestly a little overwhelming to someone who doesn’t know what they want or what they’re looking for. In fact, most people just want the cheapest and fastest option possible and don’t care about the rest. But there is value in conducting a little bit of research and taking a look at our site before hitting the purchase button. Scams exist in the world of online classes and we never want you to fall victim to that.
We take a lot of things into consideration when looking at these courses and each review discusses them thoroughly. Here’s a little more detail about what we examine and why it’s an important factor in how we review these courses.
State mandated minimums vary, but in general nobody wants to take a course longer than is absolutely necessary. If a course is substantially longer than it actually needs to be it’s not necessarily a waste of time, but you’ll probably be much less interested in enrolling in it. Some of the courses are valid in multiple states, so it’s worth researching with your local DMV how long the class you take must be.
Additionally, some courses only require the work to be done and time is non-vital to you passing or failing. This is probably the best situation possible because it means that you can go through the lessons as quickly as you want and pass without having to stare at the screen for hours on end.
What States Approve It
This should be one of your first concerns when looking at a course: is it state approved? If not, then move on! No matter how many strings you try to pull or how many people you beg, a course that you take that isn’t approved by your state won’t be good towards traffic school or your driver’s license.
Whenever you invest your time and money into something, it’s nice for a company to back up their service to you. Not all online courses do this, but we find it’s an important element to any good online traffic school or defensive driving or driver’s ed class.
First of all, a guarantee means that the company believes in their class. They are so confident that you’ll like it and have success with it that they’ll give you your money back if you don’t like it. Additionally, people have different learning styles and a course that’s right for one person may not be the right one for you. A money-back guarantee gives you the chance to try the course out with a limited commitment and complete peace of mind.
Cost is definitely not everything, but you certainly don’t want to enroll in a course that’s way more (or less) than the others on the market. Something incredibly expensive sends up a red flag, so before you hit the purchase button it’s smart to check other reviews first. A class that’s much cheaper than the rest may not be state approved or may simply be poor quality. Again, look for reviews or testimonials to figure out what is going on before you decide to enroll in these courses.
There are new online courses for driver’s popping up all the time, so we’re certainly not at a shortage of things to write about. But we always do take consideration into how old a company is.
A lot of the trusted courses out there started out small and have now developed into larger sites that offer more than just traffic school, defensive driving, or driver’s ed—many now offer all three! But even for a specialized site, it’s always reassuring to enroll in a class from a company that’s been there, done that. Many newer companies might be a little more cutting edge with technology and their offerings, but they could still be ironing out wrinkles in the business and their customer service, too.
How Often They Update
This can be much harder for consumers to source on a company’s website, so we dig deep to understand how updated the information in the courses are. State rules and regulations change and technology gets updated, and if a course does not update to reflect this it’s a frustrating one to take.
Students will often get scammed from companies that have set up a nice site initially but have conducted no site-wide updates since their inception. Dealing with old graphics, Flash sites, or plain text pages is a thing of the past with more updated courses that include video, audio, and modern images and graphics to accompany the work.
The big draw for taking one of these driving classes online is because you can do it from the comfort of your own home. No matter the time of day, you don’t have to go to a hot, sweaty classroom and listen to a boring teacher talk; instead, you simply hop on the internet and you’re good to go.
We examine what the support is like and what hours you can reach out to someone. Obviously, 24/7/365 support is the best, and more online courses are offering this as a way to detract people from traditional courses and attract them to the online world of driver’s ed, traffic school, and defensive driving.
Overall Star Rating
Taking everything into account, we give each course a number of stars out of five total stars. This acts as an easy comparing tool for you when sorting through reviews and trying to decide which one to enroll in. Not every class will be right for every person who visits our site, but we do believe that a higher star rating represents a holistic view on the quality of the class.