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Michigan Online Defensive Driving

You can become a better, safer driver with an online Michigan Defensive Driving Course. This six-hour course helps you brush up on traffic laws and learn defensive driving techniques. You can satisfy court-ordered driver improvement requirements with approval from your court.

Also known as traffic school or driver safety training, this course lets you train at home using your laptop, tablet or mobile device. As you study at your own pace, you will learn how to spot traffic hazards, avoid accidents, react with safe driving strategies and protect yourself on the road.

About the Michigan Defensive Driving Course

Our course is designed to teach you new safety skills that will protect you while behind the wheel. By enrolling in this online training, you get 24/7 access to easy-to-understand lessons from any device with an internet connection.

Since the course never expires, you can choose when and where you study. We even save your progress automatically, letting you log in and out as often as you like without losing your place. Finish the whole course in a weekend or take your time โ€” the choice is yours!

When you sign up for our defensive driving course, you get:

  • 100% online course material you can access any time
  • Six hours of learning across four comprehensive traffic school modules
  • Vital skills training in traffic laws, road skills and crash prevention techniques
  • Engaging, fully narrated lessons exploring important concepts
  • Quizzes and exams with unlimited retakes so you're guaranteed to learn โ€” and to pass

As soon as you finish the course, you can download and print your official certificate of completion. You can submit your certificate to your local court to satisfy requirements for court-ordered training. Make sure to check with your court representative for the proper procedure to submit your certificate.

Why Choose SafeMotorist's Course?

Our online course gives you all the benefits of driver safety training without boring lectures, commutes to a classroom or a costly instructor. It's the most convenient, most cost-effective way to become a safer driver. It also makes it simple for eligible drivers to satisfy court-mandated defensive driving training.

Compared to in-person traffic school, our online course offers:

  • 100% online learning
  • Unlimited attempts to pass the exam
  • Self-paced learning
  • Unlimited course access with no expiration
  • Instant certificate download and printing
  • Automatic progress saving โ€” log in and out as much as you want
  • Open-book quizzes with infinite retakes
  • One low price for everything you need

Court-Ordered Traffic School

In Michigan, a defensive driving course (traffic school) is mandatory after certain traffic violations. The court determines which drivers need it and informs them in person. Before enrolling in this course, contact your local court for approval or for more information.

If a court orders you to complete traffic school due to a traffic offense, this course lets you satisfy court-mandated driver improvement requirements fully online.

Please note that this is not a Basic Driver Improvement Course (BDIC). If a Michigan court sent you a letter informing you that you are eligible to complete a BDIC program, check out our online Basic Driver Improvement Course. Our BDIC program is approved by the Michigan Department of State.

Course Details

The online Michigan Defensive Driving Course includes four course modules, four quizzes and a final exam. The course takes approximately six hours to complete.

This class covers:

  • Module 1: Traffic Safety Problems
  • Module 2: The Human Factors
  • Module 3: Man, Machine and Environment
  • Module 4: Traffic Laws

After each module, you will take a simple, multiple-choice quiz to reinforce what you've learned. Just choose the most appropriate choice and then click Submit Answer. Take the quiz as many times as needed to pass.

You will take a final exam at the end of the course. You have 60 minutes to answer 20 questions that are multiple-choice or true or false. Try again if you don't succeed the first time. You have unlimited chances to pass.

Once you pass the final exam, you can immediately download your certificate of completion. Download and print the certificate as many times as you want.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should take the Michigan Defensive Driving Course?

This class teaches Michigan drivers how to be safer, more responsible motorists. It is appropriate for drivers of all ages and experience levels. This is a voluntary safety training designed for all Michigan residents with a driver's license.

Michigan drivers who have been ordered by a court to complete traffic school may use this class to satisfy mandatory defensive driving requirements. Contact your local court to confirm your eligibility before you sign up.

Is this course approved by the Michigan Department of State?

This course is not approved by any Michigan government or regulatory body. This is a general driving safety course designed to make you a better, safer driver.

However, you may use this course to satisfy mandatory court-ordered traffic school requirements online. Check with your local traffic court before enrolling in this class to confirm your eligibility.

What is the difference between a defensive driving course and a Basic Driver Improvement Course?

There are two different ways to complete driver improvement training in Michigan. This course is a defensive driving program. Anyone can take this class to learn new skills and become better motorists. Defensive driving courses are mandatory if you receive certain traffic violations.

This course is:

  • Six hours long
  • Either voluntary or court ordered
  • Repeatable in the future for other violations

Once in your lifetime, a Michigan court may allow you to take a voluntary Basic Driver Improvement Course (BDIC). The court will notify you when you are eligible to sign up. Doing so will let you avoid points on your driving record and prevent possible insurance premium increases.

A BDIC is:

  • Four hours long
  • Only available with a letter of eligibility from a Michigan traffic court
  • Offered once to drivers with two or fewer points on their driving record
  • Optional and can never be repeated

How do I claim my Michigan car insurance discount?

Any discounts and the procedures required to submit evidence of course completion are up to your Michigan auto insurance provider. Check with your insurer to find out what benefits are available and how to claim them.

Discount usually range from 3% to 10%, and you must typically submit a certificate proving you completed a qualifying defensive driving course.

How long does this course take to complete?

This online course takes approximately six hours to complete. You can spread out your learning or finish it all in one sitting. Course subjects are divided into four modules.

You are encouraged to spend as much time as you need to master all lesson concepts, complete quizzes and pass the final exam. You may return to lessons at any time to review what you've learned and refresh your understanding.

What are the testing requirements for this class?

To help you remember what you've learned, this course comes with review quizzes after each lesson and a final exam. Quiz and exam questions are either multiple choice or true or false. You must pass all quizzes and the final exam to complete the course.

The final exam is 20 questions long. Each attempt gives you 60 minutes to answer each question and achieve a passing grade.

If you fail any assessment, you will need to take it again. Fortunately, you can try again as many times as it takes to master the material. You are guaranteed to pass this course.

Does the Michigan Defensive Driving course expire?

No. This course does not expire. If you are using this course to satisfy mandatory driver improvement training, you may have to complete the course by a specific date or before resolving a court order. You may need to repeat your training in the future to comply with a court order.

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