Have you ever had to take a defensive driving course?

@chulce (1540)
United States
January 16, 2010 7:22pm CST
Okay, recently, I received my first citation. I was so upset. I am typically a safe driver and don't speed, but as many of you know, when you are tired or pressed for time, you will press that pedal a little bit. Then what happens, you may get caught for doing so. Well, I have never in my life received a ticket until right after Thanksgiving. My first ever. I was so upset with myself that this happened. I felt as if it were only one more problem for me to have to deal with. Today, I am now taking an online course for defensive driving. Boy, I hope I can get this finished relatively quickly so I can put it behind me and move on to the next thing in my life. Have you had to go through this?
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@goldeneagle (6775)
• United States
17 Jan 10
I was in law enforcement, so I have taken lots of driving courses. The ones that were the most fun were the obstacle courses, and the ones where they put you in a car and pretty much told you to go out there and make it slide around and spin out and stuff. These classes were a real learning experience for me, and it was surprising how much of my training I actually remembered when the time came that I needed it in a real situation. I also attended a truck driving school several years ago, and I still remember a lot of the stuff I learned while I was there. Unfortunately, I didn't get to finish the schooling. I had to drop out for personal reasons, but I would like to go back and take this training again. I have had to take those driving classes that you are talking about though. I took one for a speeding ticket I got as well, but I had to actually go to an office and take a four hour class. It was a good learning experience for me as well though. I still remember some of the things I read and learned in that class as well. I think it should be mandatory for everyone who gets a license in the United States to take one of these classes, and it would also be a good idea to require everyone to take this class every 5 years or so just to make sure that some of this stuff sticks with them. I am not talking about the online classes either. I am talking about classes like the one I went to where we actually had to go in and watch a video and take a test on it. I am sure there would be fewer accidents if people on the roads were exposed to the stuff in those classes a little more often...
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@Java09 (3085)
• United States
17 Jan 10
I had to take that class,I took it back in the 90's.It was annoying but I wanted my license.I felt relieved after.When I took it I had to go to a school and sit in a classroom for a few hours.