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[April 02, 2014]

Online Defensive Driving Course by Improv's Online Classes Save NY Drivers Thousands of Dollars on Auto Insurance

NEW YORK --(Business Wire)--

National Point and Insurance Reduction Course, Inc. ("NPIRC"), doing business as Online Defensive Driving Course by Improv, offers online classes which have not only proven to be effective in saving lives, but also benefit New Yorkers by saving them money on their auto insurance.

Legislation which was passed in 2005 amended New York's Vehicle and Traffic Law to allow Point and Insurance Reduction courses (aka Defensive Driving Courses) to be taken through the Internet. Any New York driver can voluntarily participate in the program to receive a benefit of an insurance discount and/or a reduction of points on their driving record.

Historically, over 300,000 New York drivers annually take advantage of this unique program which can save New Yorkers thousands of dollars on their auto insurance policies and/or prevent their driver's licenses from being suspended. Until the passage of the 2005 amendment to the law, this program was only offered in the classroom setting. The new legislation allowed for online programs and provided the ability to collect valuable data about the program. The New York Commissioner of Motor Vehicles engaged in a five-year pilot program to review and study the effectiveness of Internet and other technologies as approved training mehods for the accident prevention program.


The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has just completed and published the outcome of the effectiveness study that summarized the analysis of the online defensive driving program over the last five years. Below is a summary of the findings:

  • Student response was overwhelmingly positive
  • Analysis of traffic convictions and crashes show that online programs are at least as effective, and in some cases more effective, than classroom programs
  • Both online and classroom programs have resulted in a reduction of traffic tickets and crashes

Below are statistics of the state-run study as it directly applies to the Online Defensive Driving Course by Improv:

  • 65% of students take the course strictly for the insurance discount incentive
  • 93.4% prefer the online class over a classroom setting
  • 80.4% rated Improv's course as excellent and very easy
  • Students completing the course have demonstrated a 7.5% reduction in future traffic ticket convictions and 1.2% reduction in crashes

The Online Defensive Driving by Improv course was created in partnership with the World Famous Improv Comedy Club and is based on the notion that driver education doesn't have to be dry and boring. Improv has won several awards such as "Best Traffic School" and has repeatedly proven that better driving skills can be taught through affordable, entertaining courses. To date, over two million students have completed Improv courses nationwide. The courses are administered directly through Improv's website, www.MyImprov.com, or via its affiliate partner network. Hundreds of NY insurance agents offer Improv's defensive driving course either online or in the classroom so they can pass auto insurance savings onto their customers by way of a trusted, fun and effective course.

For media inquiries or information on how to become an affiliate partner offering Improv's online defensive driving course, please contact Leanne Parker at 800-660-8908 x 300 or via email at LeanneP@myimprov.com.


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