Yes, Liberty Mutual offers a defensive driving course discount, but only in states that legally mandate it. Thirty-four states and the District of Columbia require insurance companies to provide a defensive driving discount to eligible drivers, though exact discount amounts and requirements vary.
If Liberty Mutual does not offer a defensive driving discount in your state, you should still consider taking a course. By going to traffic school, you can learn how to better avoid at-fault accidents and moving violations, which would increase your Liberty Mutual premium. In some states, defensive driving courses can even reduce points on your license or prevent a moving violation from going on your record.
Liberty Mutual also offers a good driver discount for drivers who stay accident-free, so learning more about safe driving could help you save long-term.
To get a defensive driving discount, check your state and insurance company requirements, then take an approved online or in-person defensive driving course, and give the insurance company a copy of your completion certificate. Six of the 10 largest car insurance companies advertise defensive driving discounts on their websites, as do many smaller insurers. In addition, 34 states and Washington, D.C. require insurance companies to provide a defensive driving discount to eligible drivers.… read full answer
A defensive driving discount usually ranges from 5% to 20% and is generally applied each year for three consecutive years. You can renew the discount after three years by taking the defensive driving course again. Class prices can vary widely, but most online defensive driving courses cost between $20 and $40.
Defensive driving classes focus on avoiding collisions and handling challenging situations on the road. They are usually intended for experienced drivers who haven’t taken drivers ed in a while. In some states, you might need to be 50, 55, or 65 years old to qualify for a defensive driving discount. In others, drivers may be eligible starting at age 25, or even at any age.
You may not qualify for a defensive driving discount if you have a recent at-fault accident or violation on your driving record, although you can still take a course for learning purposes. Similarly, defensive driving classes may be ordered by a court in response to a driving conviction such as speeding or reckless driving. And in some states, you may be able to erase a ticket from your record by taking such a course. These court-mandated classes might not result in a premium decrease the way a voluntary one would, but they can prevent your premium from increasing as a result of your citation.
A high-risk driving course is a class that teaches defensive driving and general traffic safety. High-risk driving courses are also referred to as “traffic school” or “remedial driving courses,” and they are often court mandated for drivers convicted of high-risk offenses. Good drivers looking to receive certain benefits like discounts on insurance can take similar driving courses, too.… read full answer
The courses themselves are usually run by independent organizations who have had their programs approved by the state. While the exact requirements vary between states, most programs will take a total of four to eight hours to complete. You can choose between in person and online options, and the courses will usually cost anywhere from $15 to $100.
High-Risk Driving Courses Cover:
State traffic laws
The dangers of DUI/DWI
Accident avoidance techniques
Driving and road safety statistics
When to Take a High-Risk Driving Course:
There are a few scenarios in which an individual could be required by a court to take a high-risk driving course, and each state’s program is different. If you’ve accrued too many tickets or multiple moving violations, taking the class might be a requirement for waiving a citation or extra penalties. Or if you’ve committed a more serious offense, passing traffic school could be mandated as a part of your sentence or as a requirement for reinstating a suspended license.
Although they’re often taken as part of a court mandate, high-risk driving courses can be taken voluntarily for certain benefits, too. For example, some insurance companies give discounts to drivers with good records who take defensive driving courses. In some states, the classes can improve your driving record if you have points on your license. And you can take them to simply become a better driver and save yourself money down the road by avoiding accidents altogether.
You might have to go to defensive driving school after a DUI, depending on the state and the circumstances surrounding your DUI. If you’ve had your license revoked or suspended as a result of a DUI conviction, 22 states and the District of Columbia will require you to take a defensive-driving or alcohol-education course in order to reinstate it. Even in states where it’s not required, judges can still assign defensive driving classes to first offenders as an opportunity to reduce the DUI to a lesser charge or reduce the fines. … read full answer
Defensive driving courses can be taken in person or online, and usually cost between $15 and $100. Basic classes take 4-8 hours to complete, and cover topics including the effects of alcohol on your driving, the dangers of impaired driving and how to avoid situations that could lead to DUI.
How Defensive Driving Classes Help You After a DUI
Reinstating a Suspended License
Several states including California and Texas automatically suspend your license after a DUI conviction and require defensive driving classes to reinstate it.
Reducing Points on Your License
Point reduction systems are available in states like Alaska and Indiana, which allow you to take a defensive driving class to remove points from your license after a DUI conviction.
Reducing or Dismissing a DUI
In states where it isn’t mandatory, a judge could still offer defensive driving classes as an option if the DUI is your first offense and no one was injured. If the course is successfully completed, the charge could be reduced to wet reckless driving, which doesn’t carry as much weight as DUI.
If you’re not required to take defensive driving by the state, there are several factors that a judge will take into account when deciding whether or not to offer it as an option to reduce your penalties. If your blood alcohol level heavily exceeded the legal limit or you’ve had a previous DUI conviction, you’re far less likely to receive any leniency. And if you caused an accident that resulted in serious injury or death, expect to face severe criminal penalties.
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