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What is the purpose of a driver improvement course?

On Behalf of | Apr 21, 2021 | Firm News

Traffic laws in North Carolina lay out some harsh consequences for those who fall under the “repeat offender” category. Whether you were in the wrong place at the wrong time or just had a bad day behind the wheel, finding yourself in a situation where you are being docked points against your license is something that you need to take seriously. Too many of these points may mean the loss of your driving privileges.

In order to prevent the suspension of a license, some people opt to take a driver improvement course. They must be notified that they are allowed to take one of the courses in order to qualify for a points reduction. According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, you can participate in a course once every five years. Depending upon the circumstances of the violations in question, there are four-hour or eight-hour courses that are available for a fee.

The main benefit to driver improvement courses

Perhaps the most obvious benefit of participating in and completing a driver improvement course is to reduce the number of points on your record. If you complete a qualified course, submit proof of your completion and have a conference with the administrative hearings officer, the points will drop off of your record. Depending on the number of points you have, as well as on the circumstances surrounding your suspension, your participation could help you potentially get your license back faster.

Learn and apply knowledge when on the road

The primary purpose for these courses is to emphasize some of the things that motorists can do to be more safe when behind the wheel. They teach defensive driving habits that help people understand some of the behaviors that they should and should not engage in when operating a motor vehicle. This helps you become a better driver, and helps you avoid being put in positions that may result in additional traffic tickets.