Difference between defensive driving school and driving school
New York has three different types of driving schools: driver's ed,
pre-licensing courses and defensive driving. What are the differences
between the different types of driving schools, and how do you know
which one is right for you? Here's a quick primer to help you tell the
- Driver's education: Driver's education schools teach new teen
drivers how to drive. As such, they last much longer than any other
type of driving school, include more basic information about how to
operate an automobile, and also include a behind-the-wheel component to
help new drivers practice their skills. Driver’s ed courses are offered
in high schools and colleges. Driver’s ed is not required to get a New
York driver’s licensing, but students have the option of taking it
instead of a pre-licensing course in order to get more practice.
- Pre-licensing Programs: Pre-licensing programs are 5 hour
classroom-only courses that new teen drivers must take before they can
take the road test to get their driver’s license. You don’t have to
take a pre-licensing course if you’ve already taken driver’s ed.
- Defensive driving: New York defensive driving classes are offered
on a voluntary basis to people who wish to have points removed from
their driving record or who wish to receive an insurance discount. They
are offered by private companies approved and licensed by the state of
New York. New York defensive driving courses will not reduce annual
surcharges for excessive points. However, you will be eligible to have
4 points removed to keep the DMV from suspending your license.
Who teaches New York defensive driving?
New York defensive driving teachers are certified by the companies
who offer the defensive driving courses. However, each company must
file its certification procedures for approval with the New York DMV
Commissioner. If you are interested in becoming a defensive driving
instructor with Driving University, click here for more
What agency regulates defensive driving schools?
The New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) regulates the
organizations that create defensive driving courses, called sponsor
organizations. They also approve defensive driving courses, and
regulates course curriculum. The sponsoring organizations, in turn, are
responsible for monitoring defensive driving schools by making on-site
visits to ensure that the classroom environment is safe for students
and that the instructor is delivering the course material in an
educationally sound fashion.
Once they receive notice from the defensive driving school that a
student has successfully completed the course, the DMV updates the
student's motor vehicle report to reflect that. The DMV also handles
complaints against New York traffic schools.