Michelle Morgan

Whether you were caught speeding (or worse), you’re looking for a discount on your car
insurance, or you simply want to be a better driver, there are a wide range of defensive driving
and driver improvement courses available in California these days.
But, which is right for you? Here are five tips to help you decide:

1. Check with your state or municipality. If you’re taking training to avoid a traffic infraction,
not just any course will do. You’ll need to take an approved course – ask for a list before signing

2. Check with your insurer. The same goes if you’d like to potentially save on your car insurance.
Your carrier may only offer a car insurance discount for completing certain courses. Also ask
how much your discount will be — this will help when it comes time to choose a course.

3. Choose the type of course. There are online and classroom options, typically ranging from 4-
12 hours depending on the course material. And, there are advantages to each. Online courses
offer convenience (and sometimes a lower cost), while in-person settings can provide more

4. Determine how much you want to spend. If you’re trying to avoid a ticket (and a potential
increase in your insurance premiums), the cost might not be much of an issue. If you’re taking a
course to receive an insurance discount, however, make sure the total discount you’ll receive is
greater than the cost of the course.

5. Check out the reviews. Online review sites, such as Yelp, can show you what others thought
of a course. Keep in mind, people who felt “forced” to take a course might have a biased
opinion, especially compared to someone who took the course willingly.

No matter why you’re considering a defensive driving course, we’re happy to help you weigh the
pros and cons. The biggest pro being, once you complete your training, you’re likely to be a little
more careful the next time you get behind the wheel. And, that always pays off!