How to Choose an Online Traffic School?

This is an important question. With almost 300 internet schools on the DMV’s list, not to mention the countless other classroom and home study schools, it’s a crowded world out there. And wading through the throngs to find a good school is a major league time waster. But don’t fret, child, because if you listen to what we tell you, you will find a great school and be done before you know it.

  1. Do not, we repeat, do not make 300 calls about price. Economics 101 clearly teaches us that with so many competitors, the price differential is only a couple of bucks at the most. It’s not worth your time to pick up the phone and talk to 25, 50 or 100 order takers to find the best price. Remember, traffic school is an investment — $20 spent now to save thousands later. What the heck are you doing wasting your time making calls to save 3 dollars? Don’t do it.
  2. Price: it’s important, but ease of use is much more so. If the site isn’t easy to use, you will spend more time on the site than necessary. But, aren’t all sites the same? No way. Some are designed by traffic school experts and others by the owner’s hacker nephew. If the site is well organized, it saves you time, cuts down on support calls, and is a good sign that you are working with a professional, reputable organization. You want the completion certificate to get to the court on time and without hassle. Again, mistakes cost you time and that’s not good.
  3. Fun: now traffic school will never be compared to an amusement park or a day at the beach. It’s closer to scrubbing the bathroom tile. But if you get a course that is well written and interjects some humor, you’ve got a winner.
  4. Timers: avoid schools with timers at all costs. The point of a a self-study internet course is you can progress at your own pace. Who wants to wait for a timer to expire? Most courses with timers are not very smart. If the course has to be done in a minimum of 400 minutes and the course has 15 chapters, most schools simply divide 400 by 15 and make you spend that many minutes on each chapter. Some topics are really short, like five minutes worth but you have to spend the minimum of 20 minutes. What do you do? You leave the room and forget all about it. Then three hours later you remember you were supposed to advance the timer and well, you just wasted almost three hours. Just 14 more chapters to go… See the problem? Without timers, you can go as fast as you possibly can. (Or for that matter, as slowly as you like.)
  5. Try Before You Buy Policy: we really like this idea and not all schools offer one. Schools should put their money where their mouth is. You should be able to do most of the course without paying and then pay when you want too. (Of course, you can’t expect a certificate before paying.) Conversely, some schools with this policy also offer a small discount if you pay up front rather than waiting until you’ve already completed part of the course.

If you follow our five easy guidelines above on how to choose an online traffic school, you’ll be well on your way to being completed and having this experience in your rear view mirror.

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