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When setting rules for their teen driver, parents often have difficulty reaching a balance between practicality and safety. There is more to driving than simply following the law, and until a teen develops this awareness it is important to provide controlled access to the family vehicle. Every household is different, but these guidelines can provide a helpful starting point for teaching your teen to drive.
Plenty of states—including Illinois, Ohio, and Michigan—have cell phone laws in place for novice drivers, and for good reason. Young teen drivers are the highest risk age group for auto collisions, and driving distractions are one of the leading causes of accidents. However, parental supervision is crucial for other, less obvious distractions such as tuning the radio, eating and drinking, and passengers. In fact, an AAA study shows that fatality risk of 16- or 17-year-old drivers doubles with two passengers under 21, and quadruples with three or more. Restrictions regarding distractions should be clearly explained and penalties should be enforced.
Nighttime driving is one of the biggest factors associated with serious auto accidents, and the highest concentration of fatal auto collisions falls on the weekend between midnight and 3 a.m. Many states have a provisional curfew prohibiting teens from being out past midnight, but parents may wish to ease their teen into nighttime driving and minimize their exposure to heavy traffic or dangerous driving conditions.
Schoolwork, Maintenance, and Other Responsibilities
Many parents choose to make driving privileges contingent on certain responsibilities such as school performance or chores. Also consider developing a reward system to recognize good driving performance. A vehicle is also a great way to demonstrate bond with your teen and demonstrate the value of maintaining major investments.
As a leading driver’s school in the Chicagoland area, Top Driver has the resources to provide drivers of all ages with a quality driving education through both in-vehicle training and multimedia teaching. Contact us today at (888) 471-5418 to request more information.
Last updated 9 days ago
Teens are the highest risk age group for fatal auto accidents, and many of the factors that increase the risk of car-related injuries are entirely preventable. Setting clear and concise driving rules and enforcing them is one of the most important things a parent can do to keep their teen driver safe on the road. However, it can be difficult to establish ground rules.
A teen driving contract clearly outlines driving privileges and what is and is not allowed behind the wheel. Having your teen read and sign it is an important gesture that indicates they understand and accept the restrictions by their own choice. Having the rules written down will also help clear up any future disputes.
Top Driver offers quality education for drivers of all ages throughout Chicagoland. We offer convenient and affordable classes throughout the week to fit your schedule. Call (888) 471-5418 to request more information about driving lessons nearest you.
Last updated 16 days ago
Driving can feel like second nature after doing it for several years, but the lapsing into the same old driving habits on a wet or snowy road can easily result in a major emergency. Below are a few tips and techniques from Top Driver driving school to help you stay safe this winter.
Winterize Your Car
Failing to maintain your car is especially dangerous in colder states like Illinois and Michigan, where snow and black ice regularly accumulate on the roads. Prepare a winter emergency car kit, check all of the tires and brakes, and have all of the fluids and filters checked (especially the antifreeze). Be sure to check the defroster and clean the windshield to avoid fogging up the windshield when you’re on the highway. Battery problems are more likely to arise in cold weather, so have the charge checked at trusted maintenance shop.
Slow Down and Scan Ahead
Slowing down is one of the most important guidelines for winter driving. Posted speed limits are only for ideal road conditions, and hazards such as black ice or pot holes are not always immediately apparent from a distance. During the coldest parts of the day (early morning and late evening), a shady spot can drop the temperature enough for black ice to form on the road even if the snow is melted.
Plan for Emergencies
Pulling out of a skid is not an easy thing to do, particularly if you are traveling at a considerable speed. The important thing to remember is to steer the car where you want to go in a slow and controlled manner to avoid overcompensating. Inexperienced drivers may be tempted to slam on the brakes, but accelerating slightly can provide the tires with adequate traction to pull out of the skid.
Top Driver has several locations throughout the Chicagoland area to provide contemporary driver’s training for drivers of all ages. Visit us online to learn about our current offers, or call (888) 471-5418 to request more information about our programs.
Last updated 23 days ago
Winter is coming quickly, and that means that the roads will soon be coated with fresh snow. Making sure your car is in its best condition could help you or your teen driver avoid a serious accident. This brief video provides a few simple tips for winterproofing your car.
The tires are the only points of contact your vehicle has with the road, so it’s important to check the tire pressure weekly. You should also have the battery charge checked and flush the antifreeze to avoid sudden breakdowns in particularly severe freezes.
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Hydroplaning is a term used to describe what happens if you lose control of your vehicle when driving in wet or slippery conditions. It means that your tires lose traction, causing your vehicle to skid.
If your car hydroplanes, it is important to remain calm so that you can safely and effectively regain control of your vehicle. When you notice that you are beginning to skid, take your foot off of the accelerator. Rather than hitting the brakes, you should instead use the steering wheel to guide your car in the right direction. If you do find it necessary to brake, make sure to tap lightly on your brake pedal.
To learn more wet weather driving tips, come to Top Driver. Our highly acclaimed driving school will provide you with the training and skills you need to drive safely in all weather conditions. To learn more about the advantages of enrolling in a program at our driver education center, call our location in the Chicago area at (888) 471-5418.