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What is the IPDE Process?

What is the IPDE Process for Driving?

IPDE stands for Identify, Predict, Decide, and Execute. This is the step-by-step process behind the principles of defensive driving and complexities of visual perception in traffic. Driving is such a regular and routine part of our lives that we’re often figuratively asleep at the wheel. IPDE demands the driver engage in the strategic thinking and […]

How to Overcome Bling Spots.

How to Overcome Bling Spots When Driving

All drivers should be equipped to handle blind spots when on the road. Do you know where the blind spots are in your vehicle? Are you able to determine where another driver’s blind spots are? What Are Blind Spots? Blind spots are the areas on both sides and rear of your car that can’t be […]

How to Reverse Safely

How to Reverse a Car Safely

Knowing how to reverse a car safely and efficiently is critical to the safety of the driver and individuals in the area who share the road or utilize nearby sidewalks (other motorists, cyclists, pedestrians). It is also a skill that you will be graded on when taking the Illinois and Michigan driving test. 8 Recommended […]

5 driving resources for new drivers.

5 Driving Resources for New Drivers in Illinois

The steps required for a new driver to complete driver education and obtain a license can be daunting – but they don’t have to be. We’ve compiled a list of important driving resources and information you will find helpful as you tackle the road ahead and work towards passing the Illinois driving test. Illinois Teen […]

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 […]

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