Mature Driver Course Questions and Answers

 

How Do Mature Driver Improvement Courses Work?

 

According to California State insurance law (Insurance Code Section 11628.3), your auto insurance company must provide you with a discount on your auto insurance for a period of 3 years after you provide proof of successfully completing a Mature Driver Improvement Course like our Mature Driver Tune-Up Course.


Are Mature Driver and Safe Driver Courses the Same?

 

Mature Driver Improvement Program is the official name for California DMV's Senior (55+) Auto Insurance Safety and Insurance Discount Program.  The Certificate you receive after completing a Mature Driver Improvement course qualifies you for your insurance company's Defensive Driver or Safe Driver Discount. 


Who Can Take A California Mature Driver Course?

 

California drivers who are 55 years old or older (some insurance companies like AAA allow you to take it if you are 50 years old or older) who have a valid California driver’s license can take a mature driver course and qualify for the state-mandated auto insurance discount.

 

Our Online “Initial” Mature Driver Tune-Up® Course is for people who have never taken a California Mature Driver Improvement course before.  

You will want to take the 'Renewal' course if you have already taken a California Mature Driver Improvement course and your certificate hasn’t expired, or no more than 12 months has elapsed since your certificate expired.  You can take our 'Renewal' course even if you took the 'Initial' course from a different company.


California Mature Driver Course Renewal

 

You can renew your California Mature Driver Certificate for another three years by taking our 4-hour MatureDriverTune-Up.com renewal course.


How Does One Qualify for the Mature Driver Insurance Discount?

 

Drivers 55 years old and older who have a valid California driver’s license can take a mature driver course and qualify for the state-mandated auto insurance discount. 


What Do I Get?

 

Our course price includes everything you need to qualify for your auto insurance discount:

  • Our California DMV Licensed Online Mature Driver Tune-Up Course (initial or renewal)

  • Registration Confirmation Email 

  • Course Completion Email 

  • Official California DMV Mature Driver Improvement Certificate emailed to you within 3 business days


Can My Spouse and I Both Take the Course?

 

Yes.  Both you and your spouse must register and pay for the course separately (each certificate is issued to a single person).

 

  • Select the below scenario and option that best matches your situation.
  • Ask your auto insurance agent how much you will save if both of you take our Mature Driver Tune-Up course.

Scenario One: You and your spouse have two different email addresses.

 

Option 1: Take The Course Individually 

  • Both people register individually with their different email addresses and take the course on their own schedule.

Option 2: Take The Course Together

  • Both people register individually using a different email address

  • Select one person’s account to take the course

  • Complete the course together using one account

  • After you finish the course, sign into the second person's account. Since the second person has already completed the course, just skip through the content by clicking on the ‘Continue’ button at the bottom of each page until you get the end

  • Both people receive their certificates

 

Scenario Two: You and your spouse share one email address

 

Option 1: Take The Course Individually 

  • The first person registers and completes the course. 

  • Email us at support@mdtuneup.com, or call us at 800-414-5587 and we will reset the course so that the second person can register

  • Be certain to ‘Logout’ the first person (it should say “Student Login” next to the 800# in the upper right-hand corner).

  • Click “SIGN UP” on the homepage.

  • The second person registers and completes the course

  • Both people receive their certificates

 

Option 2: Take The Course Together

  • Register one person for the course

  • Both people take the course together

  • Email us at support@mdtuneup.com, or call us at 800-414-5587 and we will reset the course so that the second person can register

  • Be certain to ‘Logout’ the first person (it should say “Student Login” next to the 800# in the upper right-hand corner).

  • Click “SIGN UP” on the homepage.

  • Register the second person

  • Since the second person has already completed the course, just skip through the content by clicking on the ‘Continue’ button at the bottom of each page until you get to the end

  • Both people receive their certificates


How Much Can I Save On My Auto Insurance?

 

 

Drivers who complete our course get up to 15% off their auto insurance and save on average $90 a year. You should contact your insurance agent and find out how much you will save prior to taking our course.

The amount of your discount will depend upon your driving record, insurance company and other factors. Insurance companies can refuse to give you a discount if you have a poor driving record.


Can I Fail The Course?

 

No! To earn your Mature Driver Certificate, just read all of the course material and watch the videos. Unlike other Mature Driver courses, there are no tests you must pass!

 


Can I Stop and Start the Course?

 

Yes. You can stop and start the course as many times as you like. Your progress is automatically saved and you start again where you left off. 


When Do I Have to Finish By?

 

Unlike courses from our competitors, our course does not have a deadline or a time limit by which you need to finish. You can finish the course over a few days or a few months without being rushed.


How Do I Get My Discount?

 

Once you complete our course, we email your official DMV Certificate to you. You can also receive a paper copy of your certificate by US First Class Mail (optional upgrade).

 

You must give your Certificate to your auto insurance agent as proof of completing our Mature Driver Tune-Up course to get your auto insurance discount.

 

Your certificate is valid for a period of three years, after which you must take a refresher course to maintain your discount.


How Long Is The Course?

 

Our 'Initial' Mature Driver Tune-Up Course is 6.5 hours long and our 'Renewal' Course is 4 hours long. These lengths meet California DMV’s course requirements.  Because there aren’t timers to slow you down, you can finish our course as fast as you can read. 

Initial courses from nationwide companies like AARP and AAA are 8 hours long (1.5 hours longer) because they must adhere to the requirements of all 50 states.


Does The Course Have Timers or a Deadline?

 

No. Unlike courses from the AARP, AAA, and other nationwide companies, our courses DO NOT have annoying timers that make you wait to proceed to the next lesson!

 

We also do not make you finish by a deadline. You can start and finish on your own schedule. Some people have even taken a year to complete the course!


How Does Your Course Compare to the Competition?

Updated 7/29/2020


Why Is Your Course Shorter Than AARP's and Other Nationwide Providers?

 

Our initial course is shorter than AARP's Smart Driver course and courses from other nationwide providers because our course is tailored to the California DMV's requirements. AARP's initial course and other nationwide courses take longer because their content must cover drivers in all 50 states. 


Is Your Course Approved By The California DMV?

 

Yes. Our Mature Driver Tune-Up online courses are approved and licensed by the California DMV under standards set forth in Section 1675 of the California Vehicle Code. California DMV License number M0366.

See our licensed course #M0366 on the DMV approved list by Clicking Here


Is The Course Narrated?

 

Yes. You can either listen to the course as it is read to you or read the course without the audio. This gives you the flexibility to read or listen to the course.


What Will I Learn From A Mature Driver Course?

 

Designed to tune-up your driving knowledge and skills, our mature driver course helps improve your confidence behind the wheel by bringing you up to date on the latest traffic laws and defensive driving techniques with videos, images and easy to read content. It covers topics such as:

  • How to be a better defensive driver

  • The effects of alcohol and/or medications on the mind and body

  • New technology found in cars

  • Proper use of seat belts, car seats, airbags, anti-lock brakes, etc.

  • Techniques for minimizing blind spots

  • Tips for handling left turns, U-turns, highway driving and right of way decisions

  • Knowing when not to drive

 


Will My Insurance Company Accept Your Certificate?

 

California State insurance law (Insurance Code Section 11628.3) mandates that your auto insurance company provide you with a discount on your auto insurance for a period of 3 years after you provide proof of successfully completing our Mature Driver Tune-Up Course.

 

The amount of your discount will depend upon your driving record, the insurance company, and other factors. Insurance companies can refuse to give you a discount if you have a poor driving record. You should contact your insurance agent and find out how much you will save prior to taking our course.


When Will I Receive My Certificate?

 

On average, your certificate will be emailed to you within 3 business days or quicker (weekends and holidays are not considered business days).

 

If you decide to have a paper copy of your certificate mailed to you by First Class US Mail, it usually arrives within 7 to 10 business days after you complete the course. Weekends and holidays are not considered business days. 

 


Do You Send My Certificate to My Insurance Company?

 

We give you the option to have us email your certificate to your auto insurance agent (for an extra fee). If you decide to have us email your certificate, you must provide us with your insurance policy number and your agent's email address.  

 

If you decided not to have us email your certificate to your insurance agent, you are responsible for sending your certificate to them.


Can I Re-Access the Course After I Finish It?

 

Many people love our course so much that they want to go back and review it after they have completed it!  Unfortunately, this is currently not allowed. 

If you are still in the process of taking the course, you can stop and start the course as many times as you would like. Once you finish the course, however, you no longer have access to it.

 

 

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