Ticket School > Blog > Texas Defensive Driving > Should I Take a Defensive Driving Course or Just Pay the Ticket?
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When they get a traffic ticket, many people opt to pay the fine so that it goes away quickly. Unfortunately, however, paying the fine may seem like the quickest resolution, but it is important to know that doing so will ensure that ticket goes on your record. There are other options in many cases.

When Is Traffic School a Good Option?

It is important to mention that each state is unique in how they handle traffic tickets.  Some states handle tickets through the courts where the judge can provide various options and determines if a ticket goes on your driving record.  Other states have a points system that requires all tickets to go to your driving record and then drivers have options to reduce their points to avoid additional penalties.   We will be speaking in generalities for the purposes of this article.  We encourage you to check your ticket for the various options available to you. Typically, you will have three main options when you get a ticket:

  • Pay the fine
  • Contest it in court
  • Go to traffic school / defensive driving

As mentioned, most of the time (depending on the infraction) you will have the option of taking defensive driving for a speeding ticket or other moving violation (aka Traffic School).  Doing so in most states will keep the ticket from going on your driving record.  This is a major benefit since it will prevent the points from the ticket from going on your driving record.  Keeping a clean driving record is helpful since getting multiple tickets on your record can trigger insurance rate increases and in some cases surcharges from the state.

Take Defensive Driving for Speeding Ticket

If you choose to take defensive driving for speeding offenses or other infranction, Ticket School can help you.. That’s because we offer online defensive driving courses that you can take in the comfort of your home.

What happens when you complete the course?

It depends on your state.  Some states allow us to report the course completion to the state electronically.  In other states we must print a physical certificate for you and mail / email that to you.  In other cases you will get a pdf certificate that you must print and turn in to the court by a deadline.  It is very important that you follow the specific instructions provided to you by the court / state and meet any deadlines that are set.

You must, however, make sure to do all this within 90 days of receiving your ticket. Failure to do so will result in points being added to your record and the information will be sent to insurance providers.

Benefits of Taking a Defensive Driving Course

Besides helping you get your ticket dismissed and reducing the points on your driving record, taking a defensive driving course has other benefits. Some of the most notable ones include:

  • Makes you a better driver. Defensive driving courses equip you with the knowledge and techniques you need to be safer on the roads.
  • Reduces your insurance rates. Certified defensive drivers are offered a reduction in auto insurance rates.
  • Prevents high accident fees. Accidents can be very costly. You’ll need not only to repair your damaged vehicle but foot medical bills as well.

Depending on your state, there are other benefits you get for completing a defensive driving course. Be sure to check with your local authorities for other benefits of taking a defensive driving course.

Should I Go to Ticket School?

You’ve decided to enroll in a defensive driving course. That’s an excellent choice, but should you enroll in Ticket School? Yes.

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Here’s why you should:

  • We offer online defensive driving courses that you can access on any device.
  • Our courses are state-approved.
  • There are no hidden fees. So, whether you want to take defensive driving for a particular offense or just to improve your driving skills, you can register anytime you are ready right through the website.