Driver Improvement

Basic Driver Improvement

The National Traffic Safety Institute four-hour BASIC DRIVER IMPROVEMENT COURSE (BDI) has been approved by the Florida DHSMV as a Basic Driver Improvement Course and as a Traffic Collision and Avoidance (TCAC) Course.

Our in-person Defensive Driving Course is available for:

  1. Election by persons who have received a traffic violation
  2. Person who wants to be a safer driver.
  3. Persons who have received a letter from Florida DHSMV notifying them of a requirement to take a Traffic Collision and Avoidance (TCAC) Course or BDI Course.
  4. Businesses who wish to better train their drivers.

Insurance discounts: A new law went into effect on October 1, 1997. You may qualify for a discount worth up to 10% off your car insurance rate. Check with your insurance company to see if you qualify.

You got a traffic violation - now what?

If you elect the traffic school option, you must:

  • Notify the Clerk of the Court in the County where you received the citation.
  • The Clerk’s office will advise you on electing the traffic school option.
  • Register for traffic school, complete within the time frame given by the Clerk of Court, and send the Clerk proof of completion.
  • In most cases, NCFSC will “upload” proof of completion within 48 hours.

What are the benefits of electing traffic school?

  • Adjudication is withheld; your driver’s license record does not show a guilty finding.
  • No points are added to your driver’s license record.
  • Current “Safe Driver” Status is retained on your driver’s license record.
  • No insurance penalty – F.S. 626.9541 (o) -12: No insurer shall impose an additional premium, cancel a policy or issue a non-renewal notice on any insurance policy or contract because of any traffic infraction when adjudication has been withheld and no points have been assessed pursuant to s.318.14 (9) and (10). However, this subparagraph does not apply to traffic infractions involving accidents in which the insurer has incurred a loss due to the fault of the insured.

The North Central Florida Safety Council is the only not-for-profit traffic school in Alachua County. Serving Gainesville and Alachua County for over thirty years, our classes are instructor-based, so you have the benefit of question and answer interaction. The North Central Florida Safety Council is YOUR local chapter of the National Safety Council. Our revenue goes to fulfill our stated mission to promote safety education for our community and to reduce accidents, injuries, and deaths.

Class Information

Course Length: 4 hours

Dates & Times: See course calendar for available dates and times.

Course Fees & Registration

Required for registration:

  •  Citation or Case Number
  •  Driver’s license (or ID) number
  •  Ability to Pay

Registration Fee: $37

Where are the classes offered:

  • In Gainesville, the course is offered at the North Central Florida Safety Council Office.
  • If you are unable to take the class we offer in person, we have provided a link below to the National Traffic Safety Institute website to take it online. Click here to take the class online.

This class qualifies as a Traffic Collision and Avoidance Course (TCAC). Call (352) 377-2566 for information.

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Advanced Driver Improvement

An Advanced Driver Improvement course is required under the following:

  • When a person’s driver’s license has been suspended. If your license has been suspended for points, you are required to attend a 12 hour advanced driver improvement course as required by section 322.291, Florida Statute.
  • When a person is either court ordered or ordered by DHSMV to take the course.

The National Traffic Safety Institute ADVANCED DRIVER IMPROVEMENT (ADI) has been approved by the Florida DHSMV as an Advanced Driver Improvement Course.

Businesses may also want to consider using ADI. It is very effective for company drivers who have poor driving records. The course can be taught on your site, or the individuals can attend our classes at the Safety Council.

Class Information

The ADI curriculum stresses the consequences of offensive driving: accidents, moving violations, and eventual loss of one’s drivers license. It’s a common-sense approach that emphasizes group discussion and active dialog. Participants make personal plans for better choices in the future. Specifically designed to counter bad driving habits, the final segment of class offers a comprehensive coverage of collision prevention techniques in a conversational, non-lecture format.

Course Length:  12 hours. See Course Calendar for available dates and times.

Dates & Times: See course calendar for available dates and times.

Course Fees & Registration

Required for registration:

  •  Citation or Case Number
  •  Driver’s license (or ID) number
  •  Ability to Pay

NOTE: Full payment – before class begins

NOTE: No receipt or letter of enrollment is available without payment in full

Regular Registration Fee:  $117.00

To register, you may:

  • Register in person at the Safety Council, Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:00pm
  • Register by phone with a credit card. Call (352) 377-2566.

Upon registration, the class must be completed within 90 days to avoid notification of DHSMV.

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