Big Daddy Traffic School

There was a time when attending traffic school required actually attending traffic school, sitting at a long table with a bunch of other scofflaws in a bare, stuffy room for eight hours on a Saturday, fluorescent lights flickering and bored instructor droning on and on about the intricate differences between stop signs and yield signs. But now, thanks to the www, you can now take traffic school on the patio with a beer or at your favorite coffee shop. Online traffic schools are less expensive than the classroom version, and Big Daddy Traffic School is no exception.

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Is Big Daddy Traffic School Legit?


Big Daddy Traffic School is licensed by the DMV to provide their online traffic school course for all California counties, which makes them officially legitimate. While many other traffic school providers’ websites are cluttered with scads of information about how they’ve been in business since basically the dawn of the Internet and either pioneered or improved on the online traffic school model, Big Daddy Traffic School’s website is short and simple, which is nice, but there’s no indication how long they’ve been in business or how many satisfied customers have enjoyed their services.

Features of Big Daddy Traffic School


Big Daddy Traffic School has quite a few benefits. First, they’re so certain that you’ll pass the final exam (it’s open book, after all) that if you don’t pass it in the DMV-mandated two attempts, Big Daddy will pay for you to take the course over again. Well, technically, they won’t have to pay a dime, but they’ll let you take it again for free. But you’d have to have the drive and intelligence of a rock to fail the test, so really, that offer is largely a marketing ploy. Still, it’s nice to know that if you have a few too many margaritas while you’re taking online traffic school in the beer garden of your local haunt and somehow manage to miss more than 2 questions on both of your exam attempts, you won’t have to fork over another $16.95 to re-take the course. Big Daddy also offers a best price guarantee. If you find a price lower than $16.95, they’ll beat the offer, but you have to call them on the telephone before you get to the payment page. The competing traffic school has to be licensed by the DMV for the county where you got the ticket. The website is SSL encrypted, which means that you can rest easy that your personal information is safe and secure. Unlike many online traffic schools, Big Daddy Traffic School doesn’t have timers for each lesson, so you really can move through the course at your own pace – you don’t have to wait until the timer runs out to proceed to the next chapter.

How Big Daddy Traffic School Works

To register for the course, you’ll need your driver’s license number, the ticket or docket number, your court, and the complete-by date. Once you’re registered, you can start your online traffic school experience right away. The course is comprised of 11 chapters, and a 5-question quiz at the end of each helps you prepare for the final exam. You must pass each quiz before you can move on to the next chapter, but you have unlimited attempts to do so, and you can look back through the material for the answers. The final exam contains 25 questions, and you have to pass the test with at least a 70 percent. You get two attempts to pass, but you can search back through the course for answers, so really, you shouldn’t need that second attempt. After you pass the final exam, Big Daddy will send your completion certificate to the DMV and courthouse. This service is included in the cost of the course. The certificate is delivered within 3 days.

Customer Service

Customer service is available by phone or email. Big Daddy prefers that you email them with your questions so that you don’t have to wait on hold while they pull your information up. They must keep their files in a locked drawer in the basement or something, or maybe they just have really slow computers. Or maybe they just don’t want to talk to you on the phone, but they’ll answer them anyway Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

What We Like About Big Daddy Traffic School

It’s nice to know you don’t have to pay for the course again if you fail the test, and price match guarantees are always nice. But at the low cost of $16.95, you may not find a lower price. We like that their site is secure, and we think it’s sweet that they’ll let you re-take the course for free if you happen to fail the course – twice.

What We Don’t Like About Big Daddy Traffic School

It would be nice if there was an “about” page so we could get a handle on who’s behind Big Daddy Traffic School, but that’s certainly not a deal breaker – they’re licensed by the DMV, so they’re perfectly legit. We’re also a little flummoxed by the fact that it can take up to three days for your certificate to be sent to the DMV and courthouse. Many online traffic schools transmit the info on the same day you complete the course, as long as it’s completed by, say, 3:00 p.m. If you need the certificate sent the same day (i.e., you waited until the very last possible second to take the course,) you’ll have to pay $25 for next day delivery (or same-day delivery if you complete the course by 9 a.m.) or $10 for two-day delivery. Big Daddy recommends that you complete the course 7 days before your due date, which is, of course, ideal, but is it realistic? Probably not. For ten bucks, Big Daddy will follow up with the court to make sure they got the completion certificate. Or you can just save your ten bucks and pick up the dang phone yourself and make the call. Since the site doesn’t specify either way, we have to assume that the course isn’t formatted for mobile devices, so you’ll have to take it on your laptop or desktop computer instead of your phone or tablet.

Big Daddy Traffic School Rating

Legit? Check. Cheap? Yeah. Mobile? Don’t think so. Big Daddy seems like an okay option for traffic school online. We’ll give them a rating of 2 stars since you have to pay extra for same-day or 2-day certificate delivery and since we really can’t get a handle on who this Big Daddy actually is.

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