It's no secret that driving safely saves you money. When your record is collision-free, you pay less for car insurance. So how do you really get to be a safer driver? Take a course. Often defensive driving courses cost money, but you get a nifty certificate that will save you even more money than you spent by discounting your auto insurance. What is Defensive Driving? Defensive driving is a method of driving that makes sure you are operating your vehicle so that you do not risk lives, time, or money, no matter what the driving environment is. It consists of a number of methods and rules that reduce the risk of being on the road. You are taught to anticipate certain dangerous situations and environments and adjust your driving to make them safe. Techniques include: - recognizing environmental hazards - scanning - dealing with automobile emergencies - sharing the road - passing cars safely - right of way - adjusting speed for railroads and traffic hazards - reaction distance - stopping distance - assessing car lengths You will also learn how to assess your own psychological well-being to know if you should drive. And if you thought using a seatbelt was easy, you need to learn how to use all your safety equipment properly. It's not as easy as "click it or ticket". How long does it take? A typically classroom course takes six hours, plus transportation time. Online classes should take the same amount of time, but unless you have a light-speed internet connection, it will take a couple more hours than that. Plus coffee and bathroom breaks. The point is, you can save lots of money well into the future in just one day. Which is better, in person or online? If you take the course in a real classroom somewhere, you have the advantage of asking questions and getting clarification.