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Texas Defensive Driving-Questions & Answers

Texas Defensive Driving: Q & A

Our inbox is flooded with all sorts of questions and comments from site visitors interested in learning about defensive driving in Texas. While some of the emails we receive are from readers thanking us for the information and entertainment value that our articles offer, many of our emails come from Texas drivers who were just issued traffic ticket and are headed for a Texas defensive driving class. Whether they're confused about why they got their ticket or whether they have questions about the online defensive driving option in Texas, we're here to sort it all out.

Today, we're going to answer several recurring questions we receive regarding defensive driving in Texas.

Common Texas Defensive Driving Questions

I was recently issued a traffic ticket for running a red light in downtown Houston. My argument is that the light was yellow when I proceeded to accelerate through it. I don't think it's fair that I should have to attend a Texas defensive driving course because I didn't do anything wrong. Can you help?

Sorry, but we're going to have to side with the state on this one.

The yellow light warns that your turn is ending and a red signal is about to be given, and Texas law requires you to comply. The Texas Driver’s Handbook clarifies that when you see a yellow light, you must slow down and stop before you enter the intersection. You should only proceed through the intersection if it’s safe to do so, and if it’s not safe to stop - and if you do proceed through a yellow light, do it cautiously! If you sped up to make it through the yellow light, you weren't driving in accordance with the law.

However, not all hope is lost. Depending on your circumstances, you may be able correct your traffic violation and dismiss that ticket by completing a Texas defensive driving course and presenting your certificate to your court.


The online Texas defensive driving program offered by TrafficSchoolOnline.com looks interesting. Is the course content the same as what I'd find in a bricks-and-mortar course?

Yes. Our course features defensive driving material that is mandated by the state to help you pass the final exam.


Is your online course approved by the state of Texas?

Absolutely. We’re approved by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and our school course provider number is CP058.


Why should I take an online class? Won't I learn more in a classroom environment?

Some people learn well in a classroom environment. But many of us learn better in a one-on-one setting where we aren't distracted by other people. Unfortunately, a classroom environment doesn't offer a one-on-one option for students taking a defensive driving class in Texas. Instead, you'll find yourself in a classroom with countless other drivers who have committed similar offences.

If you want to absorb the information being taught and actually learn something, an online solution like the course offered at TrafficSchoolOnline.com is your best bet.


If I decide to take your online course, how do I get my certificate? What do I do with it after that?

We’ll send your official certificate to you by mail. There are two copies - one for you to submit to your court, and one for your insurance company. Make sure to complete the course in plenty of time to get your certificate to the court by your due date!

More Questions And Answers

That's all for now! If you’re looking for more information on taking our defensive driving course for Texas, check out our Texas FAQ page, or drop us a line at info@trafficschoolonline.com and we’ll be happy to help!

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