Tag Archives: Driver Safety

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What is Buzzed Driving?

“Every day, 29 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This is one death every 50 minutes,” according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). It’s important to evaluate your warning signs of impairment. If you have consumed ANY alcohol, you should not get behind the wheel. […]

8 Bad Driving Habits to Kick Quick

Even the most experienced drivers pick-up a bad driving habit or two. All of the bad driving habits on this list are some of the most common offenses and directly contribute to distracted driving. According to the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving claimed 3,450 lives in 2016 alone. You owe it to yourself […]

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