Reading the list of topics above, you may have thought, "Hey, wait a
minute....didn't we talk about all of this in driver's ed?" Yes, you
probably did. However, there are definitely some differences between
driver's ed and California defensive driving. Driver's ed is a course
that helps young people who have never driven before learn how to
drive. Since driver's ed courses have to cover a lot of basic
information about operating a vehicle, they are much longer, at least
30 hours or 2 1/2 semester periods.
Not only are California defensive driving classes shorter than driver’s
ed classes, they also have a slightly different emphasis. Instead of
teaching new drivers how to drive, California defensive driver courses
serve as a refresher course on safe driving techniques for experienced
drivers. Everyone needs a review once in a while, right?
Who regulates traffic school?
In California, traffic schools are regulated by the Department of
Motor Vehicles (DMV). The DMV licenses California traffic schools and
their instructors, approves course curriculum, and investigates
complaints. If a California traffic school instructor is convicted of
professional misconduct or is simply an incompetent teacher, the state
may revoke their instructor's license.