The curriculum for Illinois defensive driving classes is approved by
the state. There are two basic courses available: a four-hour course
and an eight-hour course. Usually, if it's your first offense you'll
just take the 4-hour course. If it's your second offense in a year, you
will have to take the 8-hour course to get the ticket resolved.
Defensive driving courses usually cover the following topics:
- The importance of wearing seat belts
- Defensive driving techniques to help you avoid collisions
- Safe driving behaviors vs. unsafe driving behaviors
- How to drive safely even in adverse weather and traffic
- The psychology of driving: how our feelings and emotions can
influence our driving habits and make us less safe.
- Impaired driving and why it is dangerous.
- The importance of avoiding aggressive driving and road
Obviously, the 8-hour courses will have more time to cover all of these
topics in more depth than the 4 hour courses.