5 Tips for Dramatically Improving Your Driving Record

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safedrivingAccording to statistics, approximately 30 billion moving violations are cited in the United States on an annual basis.

Therefore, anyone who has a less than stellar driving record is not alone.

Many driving records become easily tarnished due to unfortunate circumstances that stem from misjudgments and more serious situations like driving under the influence (DUI), or even hit and run accidents.

However, the good news is that there are some methods available to use that could dramatically improve anyone’s driving record.

1. Research with the local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) from time to time to be made aware of the citations or convictions that remain on the record. In most all instances, driving records can be obtained from DMV offices in writing, in person and sometimes online. Address any inaccuracies to have them removed.

2. Consider that it may be possible to fight a ticket if good grounds exist. To do this, plead not guilty and consult with an accident lawyer who can represent you in the case.

Take and keep good notes about the incident with all details including date and time, weather, who was present, and what the circumstances were. Try to include photographs if possible. If there were witnesses, obtain their statements as well. Things to include would be information concerning:

  • Obstructed views
  • Diagrams or photos
  • Circumstances like swerving to avoid a pedestrian, vehicle or bicyclist
  • Witness information and statements
  • Police report

This important and relevant data can be used to defend your case. Should the police report be false or inaccurate, you could have a good chance at getting the case dismissed. Also, when officers issuing the ticket fail to appear, the judge may elect to dismiss the case.

3. Becoming part of a court-approved driver improvement or defensive driving program, and attending traffic school in person or online, could count toward taking points off of a bad driving record. In some cases, it may even be possible to avoid having a license suspended in this situation.

4. Driving records are kept on many databases. Because of this, an accident attorney usually contacts various data services to ensure that improved driving records are updated sufficiently.

5. Always drive slowly and safely to keep the driving record clear. Over time, some states could reduce points from the record after good driving behavior is noted.


Bad driving records often cause drivers to pay much higher auto insurance rates. The fines for infractions with annual surcharges for excessive penalty points can wind up costing a great deal of money.

Should an unfortunate mishap occur, an accident lawyer should be consulted to find out the best ways to minimize damages to your driving record. A prominent West Palm Beach car accident lawyer lists the following on their webpage, “Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney is also very important if:

  • The injuries you sustained from the accident may have long-term affects
  • Other involved drivers were uninsured or under-insured
  • There is dispute over which driver was at fault
  • You are being pressured by claim adjuster(s) to quickly agree to a settlement offer.”

In addition to lessening damages and the aforementioned issues, an accident lawyer can help drivers defray the costs associated with jail time and other penalties, as well as fines.

Current and Prospective employers, as well as transportation licensing entities, often access driving records. This could result in the loss of a job or an employment opportunity, or license suspension. Therefore, take the time to monitor your driving record to ensure that it is always accurate and current.

Researcher Nickey Williams contributes this article for those who are in need of tips that will positively affect their driving record. The West Palm Beach car accident lawyer firm of Steinger, Iscoe & Green knows accident law. Since 1997, they have fought for the rights of over 18,000 accident clients in South Florida and continue to do so today.

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