Defensive Driving Course Online vs Classroom: Which Is Better?

Do you have a traffic violation ticket you can’t afford to pay? Or do you want some points removed from your driving record? If so, it’s time to enroll in a defensive driving school.  

Unlike traffic survival school, which is a state-mandated course, defensive driving classes are optional for adults who are hoping to lower their insurance rates or clean up their driving record while learning how to be a safe driver. 

Whatever the reason, if you’re looking to register for a defensive driving course, you may be wondering whether to choose an in-person or online option. Here’s what you need to know about both so you can make the choice that’s best for you. 

Online Driving Courses

The pros: In many cases, online defensive driving classes can be completed at your own pace. There is a final course deadline, but you can choose the time and speed at which you complete each lesson. Plus, online defensive driving courses tend to be cheaper, making them a great option for individuals on a tight schedule or budget. 

The cons: While they offer lots of flexibility, online courses may not be a state-approved alternative for paying a ticket or may not qualify for insurance discounts. Even if they do, they aren’t always the right fit for learners that thrive in a classroom setting. 

In-Person Driving Courses

The pros: Perhaps the biggest advantage of in-person defensive driving courses is that you get an expert instructor who is there to guide you through the lessons and respond to any immediate questions you may have. 

The cons: In-person courses require a physical location and in-person instructor, which means they are often more expensive than online courses. Additionally, scheduling options are generally less flexible, so classroom courses may not be ideal for individuals with busy schedules. 

Which One Driving Course Is Right for You?

When deciding which course type is best for you, consider these key questions:

  • What kind of learner are you? Do you learn best independently or in a classroom with an instructor?
  • What does your schedule look like? Can you take time out of your day to accommodate in-person lessons?
  • Will an online course meet your insurance or court requirements? Arizona drivers can visit azcourts.gov/drive/ for an approved list of defensive driving schools 
  • How much are you able to spend on a course?

Stop and Go Driving School offers the best in online and in-person defensive driving courses. Connect with us to learn more about how we can exceed your learning needs, or visit our website to register for a course today.