My background: I received a speeding ticket and that's why I had to take defensive driving. I have not had a ticket in 9 years but before that I had taken defensive driving courses numerous times. I consider myself knowledgeable of the driving laws and rules and the preliminary test that I took at this website validated that. I do not know everything and I tend to forget things like the minimum age and height where a child must use a car seat. (8yrs old 4’9”)
This course was much more difficult than I expected. This is a 6 hour course and I did not time myself but I felt that it took me 8 – 10 hours to complete. The instructed classes that I had taken only required me to pass one test. There were 12 + tests that I had to pass online and if I missed one question I had the option to review the entire section and re-take the entire test or re-take the entire test.
I think some of the web site was a little buggy. It did not prevent me from completing the course but just made it take more time. There are identity questions and one asked for my zip code but my real zip code was not a choice. I sent support an e-mail to report this but it was hard to prove since I did not capture the screen. There are crossword puzzles that you must complete and a few times the wrong field was selected where the word should be and after I missed the question it changed to the correct one.
Some questions are not very straight forward and it makes it frustrating. For example, there is a test where you must match the road signs with the description. There were 5 signs, for example one sign was a no U-turn sign. The choices were something like “prohibitory, advisory, caution, restriction” and the correct answers were not what I expected.
There was also a question that stood out that was something like “What would be your best choice of action before pulling out in front of an 18 wheeler.” The answer was “Don’t pull out in front of it, wait until it passes”. My logic told me that was not the correct answer because the question states that you would be pulling out in front of the 18 wheeler.
The course is nice because you do not have to schedule a class; you can do it at home, work or anywhere with internet access. You can take a break any time and continue later from any computer. You can work on it at 11 pm at night and support answers your e-mails. $25 is reasonable. Just keep in mind that you must really pay attention, which is good.
In summary, next time I will take an instructor lead course where I can sit back and listen and learn and not have to worry about getting stuck on a test or wasting time taking a test over and over again just to get past a section.
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