After paying my red light ticket, the epic story described in a previous post, the San Mateo County Southern Branch Court provided me with a list of about 80 approved online schools. Which one to choose? I expected the Internet in all its collective wisdom to provide the answer with a comprehensive site of traffic school reviews including all sorts of evaluation criteria (price, time to complete, use of animations, etc) and user rankings. To my disappointment, no such site seems to exist. I was faced with scanning a large list of URLs to pick a traffic school.
The first approach was to start entering URLs in the browser and try to deduce, from the home page, whether the traffic school would be right. Here’s the list of schools approved by San Mateo County:
An ideal traffic school for me would be:
- Responsive. Pages load fast. No stupid artificial delays like I experienced many years ago when I tried an online traffic school.
- Efficient. Don’t bug me with graphics, animations, games. Show me the information and let me take the test.
- Not sneaky. Tell me how much it’s going to be and avoid hidden charges.
- Try before you buy. Let me see what the content is like before I have to commit.
The third URL I tried look good, much like a few others, the price was competitive ($19.95) but what clinched the deal for me was that I could take the whole course and pay at the end. No risk for me: try the course and stop at anytime if I get annoyed with it.