Online Traffic School for Massachusetts
Massachusetts drivers may be required to take defensive driving programs or
opt to do so voluntarily for various reasons. Traffic school options are
available to those sent by the courts, who need to reduce points on their
driving record, who wish to lower car insurance rates, or who want to
improve their driving.
Mandatory Driver Improvement School
Motorists may be ordered by a court or the Massachusetts Registry of Motor
Vehicles (RMV) to take a driver retraining course for various reasons
including accumulating too many driving record points or committing
multiple traffic violations.
If this is your situation, the RMV will provide you with information on
which specific course you must complete, the deadline by which you must
complete the course and any additional fees and documents required. The
driver retraining program must be completed within 90 days of receiving
notice from the RMV.
Failure to complete the program within the time limit may result in
driver's license suspension. If this happens, you may face reinstatement
fees and additional violation fines. For more information, see the
suspended license page
driving records page.
SCARR Program for Minors
Young adults who hold a provisional driver's license or learner's permit
and are convicted of a major traffic offense, may be required to complete a
State Courts Against Road Rage (SCARR) program.
The SCARR program teaches young drivers about the consequences of dangerous
driving habits and works to help them improve their driving behaviors.
For more information about the
SCARR traffic school
, please visit the Massachusetts RMV website.
Reducing Insurance Rates
Most people know that teenagers and older adults can lower auto insurance
rates by taking a defensive driving course. However, many insurance
companies offer a discount for all drivers who voluntarily take such a
driving improvement course. Check with your insurance provider to see if
there are programs available.
Most voluntary defensive driving courses last about four to six hours and
require passing a final exam. This defensive driving completion certificate
should be submitted to your car insurance company.
Becoming a Better Driver
There's always room for improvement when it comes to driving. It's
worthwhile to invest some time to improve your driving skills, review
traffic rules and regulations, or learn defensive techniques. You may
reduce your chance of having an accident or committing a traffic violation
as a result.
Defensive driving classes will cover many topics including providing you
with safe driving knowledge, improving your driving habits, preventing you
from committing future traffic violations and decreasing your chances of
being involved in traffic accidents.