New York defensive driving/traffic school instructors teach
defensive driving courses to New York drivers. These courses help
students understand the importance of safe driving habits, as well as
providing them with coping skills to assist them in New York traffic.
Defensive driving classes focus on safe driving tips and how to avoid
accidents. They also provide valuable information about the effects of
alcohol and drugs on your ability to drive, and on driving safety in
construction work zones. After completing the class, New York
drivers can submit their certificates of completion to their insurance
companies to receive a 10% discount on their auto insurance premiums.
Also, once every 18 months, New York drivers can have up to 4 points
removed from their New York driving records. Since the New York DMV
will suspend the license of a driver who accumulates too many points,
defensive driving classes can also help students keep their New York
drivers' licenses while giving them the information and skills that
they need to drive more safely in the future.
New York traffic school instructors are employed by the traffic schools
that offer the defensive driving courses. Each traffic school is, in
turn, approved by the company that owns the course curriculum. These
companies are called sponsoring organizations. Sponsoring organizations
must get their course approved by the New York state DMV before it can
be offered to New York drivers. Then, they can train and certify
instructors to teach their courses and contract with course delivery
agencies to hold the courses. In order to get an accident prevention
course approved by the DMV, the organization must be able to present
evidence showing that it impacted the behavior of former students,
leading them to cause fewer accidents and commit fewer violations than
drivers who had not taken the course.
New York traffic schools are regulated by the DMV. The DMV approves
curriculum and licenses sponsoring organizations to teach defensive
driving courses in New York. The DMV also approves the sponsoring
organization's choice of instructors, looking at such factors as
criminal history and driving record. The sponsoring organization is
responsible for training and certifying instructors to teach their
defensive driving courses. They are also supposed to monitor their
instructors in class periodically, in order to ensure that high-quality
instruction is being provided and that all necessary classroom topics
are being covered.
If you encounter a problem with a New York traffic school, you can
report your issue to the DMV's Driver Program Regulation division. If
necessary, you can make a complaint online using the form available here.
Steps for becoming a defensive driving instructor
In New York, the first step in becoming a defensive driving
instructor is to seek employment with a sponsoring organization. They
can help you with training and certify you to teach their course.
Secondly, you will need to successfully complete their training
program. These usually include classroom instruction and some practice
teaching under the supervision of an experienced course instructor.
Under current DMV regulations, you will be required to complete at
least 6 hours of training. The training classes will cover the
information taught in the course as well as approved teaching methods
and learning psychology. Once you start holding classes, the sponsoring
organization may sit in with you occasionally to monitor how the
classes are going and to provide feedback to help you improve.
Requirements for becoming an instructor
There are several requirements for becoming a good defensive driving
teacher. First of all, you have to be outgoing and have excellent
communication and presentation skills. Secondly, you have to be
patient. A sense of humor is asset-students often enter a defensive
driving classroom expecting to be bored out of their skulls for the
next 6 hours. If you can keep them entertained, they will be a lot more
likely to listen to what you have to say and to remember it later on,
when they are actually driving. Finally, a desire to help people is a
must for this job! If you don't care about helping your students learn
how to drive more safely, the odds are that they won't care,
The New York DMV also has requirements for potential defensive driving
instructors. In order for you to be hired to teach a course by a
sponsoring agency, you must meet the following conditions:
- You must be at least 19 years and have a high school diploma or a
- You must be currently licensed in the state of New York to teach a
New York defensive driving class.
- You must have been a licensed driver for at least the past 3
- No driver's license suspensions or revocations within the past 5
years, and no alcohol-related driving violations in the past 7.
Basically, the DMV does not want an accident prevention course to be
taught by someone whose own conduct behind the wheel has been less than
- Within the past 10 years, you cannot have been convicted of a crime
that involved lying, fraud, or moral turpitude. You must provide this
information on your application or it will be rejected.
Of course, you are also required to successfully complete training.
The sponsoring agency is required to fire you if you make any false
statements on the application and they find out later. You will also
lose your job if your driver's license is suspended or revoked, if you
are convicted of a crime involving dishonesty, or if you don't hold
your classes according to the standards defined in the course.
Obviously, coming to work drunk or drugged is grounds for a
state-mandated termination. Finally, if it's determined that you are an
ineffective teacher and additional training does not help, you need to
be in a different line of work and the sponsoring agency is legally
required to help you start your new job search.
Continuing Education Requirements
To make sure that you stay up-to-date on current traffic safety
research, the DMV requires that all New York defensive driving
instructors complete a refresher workshop at least every two years.
These workshops are held by the sponsoring
Job opportunities and income potential
With New York defensive driving classes, there is a constant stream
of potential customers. As mentioned previously, New York defensive
driving classes offer drivers a chance to remove up to 4 points from
their drivers' licenses and to get a 10% insurance discount. Even
though most people are not excited about defensive driving, it's still
a growing field because there are so many people who want and need to
take advantage of these incentives.
As a defensive driving instructor, your income potential will depend on
many different factors: the number of class sessions you choose
to teach, where you work, and who you work for can be major determining
factors as far your income is concerned. However, according to CareerBuilder.com's salary
calculator, the average salary for a defensive driving instructor in
New York City is $40,294.00.
A defensive driving instructor is an excellent career choice. You get
to meet lots of great people in the classes, and the information you
teach is important. In fact, the defensive driving techniques that you
teach in class could prevent an accident and maybe even save someone's
life. So, you get a special kind of job satisfaction that comes from
knowing you are making a difference and helping others.
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