What to expect during the Illinois driving exam.

What to Expect During the Illinois Driving Exam

Any new driver may be required to take a driving exam in a vehicle representing the same size and weight classification as the driver’s license for which they are applying. All drivers must take a written exam every eight years, except those having no traffic convictions. New drivers age 75 and older and any driver […]

What should you do when approaching a stopped school bus in Illinois?

What Should You Do When Approaching a Stopped School Bus?

According to the Illinois State Board of Education, “Children are at greatest risk when they are getting on or off the school bus. Most of the children killed in bus-related crashes are pedestrians, five to seven years old, who are getting on or off the bus. They are hit by the school bus or by […]

Illinois Cell Phone Laws: What You Should Know

Use of electronic communication devices in Illinois while driving comes with certain stipulations and possible penalties if violated. It is imperative that all drivers operating a vehicle in the state of Illinois be aware of current laws governing cell phone use while driving. Whether you are just passing through the ‘Land of Lincoln’ or are […]

What Are the Most Common Traffic Signs?

Traffic signs function similarly to traffic signals as they control the flow of traffic and fulfill fundamental needs of drivers and pedestrians. Generally, traffic signs aim to: Grab driver and pedestrian attention Convey a clear, simple meaning Command respect from road users Give adequate time for the proper response (yield, stop etc.) Stop Signs This […]

What to Do When Encountering Certain Traffic Signals

Traffic signals are used to control the flow of traffic while also promoting safe and efficient driving. Traffic control signals can be found along, beside, or above a road and are used by motor vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians. Traffic signals also create breaks in traffic to allow pedestrians ample time to cross the street […]

5 Rules of the Smith System

While there are many driving systems, the Smith System is a commonly used method for many drivers. The Smith System was invented by Harold Smith in 1952 to increase safety of commercial drivers and revolves around employing five rules when operating a motor vehicle. These five rules can dramatically reduce the risk of major accidents […]

How Scanning Ahead Can Make You a Better Driver

You’ve heard the term scanning, but do really know what it is and how to employ it to become a better driver? First things first, scanning is knowing where, when and how to look 360 degrees around the vehicle for signs, signals, roadway markings and potential hazards. Here’s what you need to know to become […]

How to Master Interstate Driving

Interstate driving can be overwhelming at first and is an integral part of our highway transportation system. Generally, these high-speed roadways, when compared to other roadways, have a lower frequency of collisions; however, when a collision does occur, it is often more severe because of the combination of speed and impact. Because of higher speeds, […]

How to Safely Check Your Blind Spots

Every driver should know where his or her blind spots are for their vehicle. Do you know where your blind spots are and how to properly check them? Learn how checking blind spots by scanning ahead, communicating intentions and maintaining a cushion of safety can save you a costly trip to an auto body shop. […]

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