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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 […]

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 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. […]

What is a Car Recall?

You retrieve your mail and begin sifting through the important envelopes and notice one marked, “Important Safety Recall Information.” You nervously open the envelope to learn that your 2015 Nissan Pathfinder has a recall issued for a faulty windshield wiper system. What do you do? Read your recall letter carefully for detailed instructions on how […]

Top 5 Reasons Your Check Engine Light is On

You’re driving down the road, not a care in the world, and then you notice something — your check engine light has illuminated. While it is important to inspect your vehicle shortly after the check engine light appears, it may not be a reason to panic. There are a number of reasons why it turned […]

How to Troubleshoot an Oil Leak

Have you ever noticed greasy pools in your driveway or garage? If so, your car could be experiencing an oil leak. As a responsible driver you should check your vehicle regularly for issues that can result in injury or vehicle collisions. Checking your oil level should be priority when running through your maintenance checklist. If […]

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