How long are driving classes?

Driving classes can vary greatly in length, depending upon the course provider and the type of class you are taking. If you are concerned about finding the time to complete a class, you'll want to examine the syllabus carefully before you decide to enroll.

A driver education class is intended to help you earn your first drivers license. The length of this type of driving class is often determined by your state DMV requirements. For example, Iowa mandates that driver education classes have at least 6 hours of behind the wheel driving time and 30 hours of classroom instruction.

Defensive driving classes are the classes drivers can be required to take after being found guilty of certain traffic violations. Like driver education classes for first time drivers, the length requirements for these classes vary by state. Arizona, for example, requires approved defensive driving courses to be between 4 and 4 ½ hours in length.

Online traffic school classes are often designed to help you lower your car insurance rates. Sometimes these classes can also help you remove points from your driving record that were earned from a traffic ticket or speeding ticket.  Compared to other types of driving classes, these courses are generally fairly short. Online traffic school classes are usually self paced, so you can complete the class in as little or as much time as you need. Successful completion is generally determined by taking a quiz at the end of each unit within the driving class.

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