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What is a specialized driver education program?

What is a Specialized Driver Education Program?

For drivers with ADHD and other executive-functioning disorders, it’s important to practice driving in a welcoming and calm environment with minimal distractions. A specialized driver education program provides individualized skill training that promotes new cognitive routines for the driver through coaching. Research has shown that using a coaching approach with this particular population is more […]

Top Driver Driver Intelligence™ Scholarship Program

What is the Top Driver Driver Intelligence™ Scholarship Program?

Top Driver Driver Intelligence™ Scholarship Program The Top Driver Driver Intelligence™ Scholarship Program was created to bring awareness to the critically dangerous issue of reckless and distracted driving among teens. All applicants are asked to submit a media entry that discourages reckless driving and highlights the dangers associated with reckless driving. While Top Driver encourages creativity, […]

What is a remedial driving course?

What is a Remedial Driving Course?

Top Driver is an approved Illinois Secretary of State Driver Remedial Course provider. We offer more classes and driving lessons than any other driving school—giving you the flexibility to choose the class that best fits your schedule. Learn more about remedial driving courses and in what situations your teen could be required to take one. […]

What is the Parent Care Program?

What is the Parent Care Program?

The Parent Care program is comprised of two courses “Coaching From the Passenger Seat” and “Danger Zone Training.” This exemplary program was developed in association with Mike Pehl, a 30 year veteran crash investigator and driving educator, to combat common driving issues and dangers. Mike’s passion for teaching parents and new drivers about how to […]

What is a cognitive driver assessment?

What is a Cognitive Driver Assessment?

Driving skills can change. If you’re worried about someone’s driving it might be time to have them take a cognitive driver assessment. In partnership with SafeWay Driver Fitness Centers, Top Driver provides an on-road driving evaluation which is an objective and unbiased assessment. Definition of Cognitive Driver Assessment A cognitive driver assessment predicts the quality […]

7 tips to improve your teens safety while driving.

7 Tips for Improving Your Teen’s Safety While Driving

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey, over 97% of all motor vehicle crashes are caused by driver error. As new drivers, mistakes can happen, but it’s important to well equip your child with the necessary resources and basic teen driving rules before letting them take on the […]

What is the proper following distance when driving?

What is the Proper Following Distance When Driving?

By definition, proper following distance would be the distance you would have to be from the vehicle in front of you so that no matter what that vehicle does, i.e. slam on the brakes, you would not rear end that vehicle. Proper following distance is the distance between you and the car in front of you […]

About the Illinois driver education process

About the Illinois Driving Exam

Enrolling in and attending a 30-hour classroom course is your first step in satisfying the requirements needed to pass the Illinois driving exam. Teenage drivers have the highest crash risk per mile traveled, compared to other drivers in older age groups. Young drivers tend to overestimate their driving abilities and underestimate the many dangers on […]

Teen driver tips for merging, passing an turning

Teen Driver Tips: Merging, Passing & Turning

Checking your blind spot is a crucial safety step in lane changes, merging, backing, parking, pulling away from curb, or turnabouts. Every driver should be well aware of all of these teen driver tips before getting behind the wheel. Something as simple as not signaling or going too slow in the passing lane could mean […]

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 […]

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