As of 2015, the cost of a five-hour driving class varies by company but ranges from $24.95 to $45. New York residents can sign up with the New York Safety Council and attend a defensive driving course.
Completion of the course in New York guarantees a 10-percent car insurance reduction and a four-point violation reduction on a driver’s license. Residents can attend the class online.
At TrafficSchool.com, drivers attend classes that are fully approved by the Department of Motor Vehicles. At a cost of $34.95, the completion of the online class guarantees a 10-percent insurance reduction for three years, with no final exam.
Students applying for a driver’s license in some states must complete the five-hour driving course as pre-licensing training before being allowed to take a road test. After taking the class, they receive a certificate that is valid for one year. Course topics include highway safety, road rage, aggressive driving, safety belts and the traits of a good driver.