Defensive Driving in Vermont
Defensive Driving & Traffic School in Vermont
Unfortunately, the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) does not give you the option of completing a defensive driving course or traffic school program to reduce your driving record points or dismiss a traffic citation.
However, you may be able to take a Vermont defensive driving course to earn a discount on your car insurance.
Traffic school programs are geared towards driver improvement and building accident-avoidance skills. Completing a course will likely make you a more adept motorist and reduce your chances of committing traffic violations and causing accidents in the future.
On this page you’ll find general information about the benefits of a defensive driving course, possible reasons for taking a class, and who to contact for information regarding your specific situation.
VT Defensive Driving Course Options
Completing Vermont defensive driving courses/traffic school can be a great way to gain a refresher on your knowledge of the rules of the road and help you develop good driving habits.
Most programs last anywhere from 4 to 12 hours. Depending on your reason for taking defensive driving, you may have the option of completing the course in a classroom or online.
Online defensive driving programs give you the added luxury of learning the same safe driving curriculum at your own pace.
Most traffic school courses cover topics including:
- Traffic laws in Vermont.
- Defensive driving techniques.
- Sharing the road with other drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
- Alcohol/drug-related violations.
- Developing and practicing safe and responsible driving behaviors.
- Accident avoidance skills.
Certain courses may include a final exam, which you will need to pass in order to earn your traffic school completion certificate.
For more information about your options for completing a course and courses near you:
- Contact the Vermont DMV.
- Talk to your car insurance provider.
- Contact the court handling your case.
- Search online or in your phone book for defensive driving, traffic school, or driver improvement programs.
Court Ordered Defensive Driving & Driving Records in Vermont
Depending on the nature of your violation and your personal driving history, you may be required to complete a defensive driving course by your Vermont traffic court.
If required to take traffic school to satisfy a conviction, you’ll likely receive details about:
- Your deadline for completing the course.
- Which defensive driving courses you may choose from.
- Any additional fees and documents you may need to submit to the court.
Please contact your court for more information.
Remember, the Vermont DMV will keep track of your traffic violations on your driving record. If you commit too many minor traffic offenses or certain major offenses, you run the risk of receiving a driver’s license suspension.
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If you find yourself committing the same traffic violations, completing a defensive driving course may be a smart choice.
Earn a Traffic School Car Insurance Discount in Vermont
You may be eligible for a discount on your car insurance rates for completing a defensive driving course voluntarily.
Contact your Vermont car insurance provider for information about your eligibility and options for taking traffic school to earn a discount.
If you are not able to earn a Vermont defensive driving course discount and your rates have become too expensive, you may want to consider shopping around for a new car insurance provider.
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