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Traffic Schools

People attend traffic schools for many different reasons, and students at traffic school may include:

  • Those who want to reduce their penalty
  • Those who want to obtain their driver’s license
  • Those who want to reduce their insurance
  • Those who need driving instruction for their jobs

Traffic schools teach the rules and regulations of a particular state, and therefore, what you learn in your course will vary according to your location.

Before attending traffic school, you should at least have a feeling that you are going to stay in a certain state for a particular amount of time. This is especially true for those who attend traffic school to obtain a work-related license, since moving to another location might entail taking a refresher course and another exam.

Many of those who receive traffic tickets or go to traffic court are ordered to attend traffic schools to reduce their penalty. This might involve taking a few classes or enrolling in an entire course. A person who has received a ticket might be bale to take a course in order to waive the penalty he or she has to pay.

However, for serious traffic offenses, no penalties are waived, and the person must go to traffic school in addition to accepting certain penalties. Many people who have committed minor traffic violations may find attending traffic school burdensome at first, but eventually may be glad that they took the course, and feel that the experience contributed to an improvement in their driving skills.

Almost every teenager attends traffic school, usually in the form of a summer program that is offered on school grounds. These classes are usually taken in the morning, and instruct the student on the basic principles of driving and safety. A student is introduced to the proper use of signals, lights as well as the meaning of signs. There are also lessons on what to do in emergency situations.

Classroom work and homework is combined with practical driving sessions, usually involving one-on-one instruction with a driving teacher on the passenger’s side.

There may be two or more students in the car taking turns driving. The driving instructor has a brake on his or her side so the car can be stopped if the driver is doing something potentially dangerous. Many students new to driving are quite nervous about these practical driving sessions, but for others they are a breeze.

During these sessions, a student learns the principles of parking, as well as parallel parking, using signals, passing, and highway, city and residential driving. Each kind of driving has a particular skill that that the potential driver needs to master; for instance, many students find it a challenge to learn how to enter and leave ramps when driving on an interstate.

Students who take driver’s education are enrolled in the course primarily so they can learn how to pass the driver’s test offered at the end of the course and to obtain their driver’s license. Like the course, the exam consists of both written and practical sections.

Failing one of these sections means that one will not obtain his or her license, and if a student has failed the test, it is recommended that he or she get private training in the weak area and take the test again. It is not unusual for students to fail the test once or a few times before passing, and any review is definitely to the benefit of the potential driver and for others who are on the road.

Many people go to traffic school, not to pass a test or because they are required to by a judge, but because they want to lower their insurance premiums.

If one has had one or several traffic violations, insurance premiums tend to soar, and attending traffic school may help lower these costs.

One may also wish to enroll in traffic school to learn defensive driving techniques and to gain confidence on the road.

The principle behind defensive driving is that the driver should assume that he or she is safe driver but that everyone else on the road may do something unpredictable.

This style of driving enables the driver always to be prepared for the unexpected and to focus on how to react if something goes wrong.

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