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    How to Check Your Engine Oil

    Last updated 11 months ago

    It only take a few minutes to check your oil, but that short amount of time can save you a lot of aggravation and hundreds or even thousands of dollars in repairs. If you are not sure how to check your engine oil, watch this helpful video.

    After you park the car and turn off the engine, open the hood and remove the dipstick. Wipe off the dipstick, slide it back in, and pull it out again. This will give you a better reading of the amount of oil inside the engine. If the oil is below the “Add” or “Fill” line, you will need to add oil to protect your engine.

    This video will help you take care of your car, and Top Driver can help you stay safe while behind the wheel. As the Chicagoland’s most trusted driving school, we offer driver training for teens and adults. If you want to be a better driver, Top Driver can help. Visit our website or call (888) 471-5418 to learn how. 

    Understanding the Dangers of Texting While Driving

    Last updated 11 months ago

    Automobiles have been around long before cell phones. When cell phones were first introduced en masse, many drivers commented on how they felt safer with their cell phones on them because they could call for help should they break down or be involved in an accident. But as cell phones have become faster, smarter, and easier to use while driving, they pose a threat to your safety on the road. As you will learn in driving school, text messaging is one of the most dangerous activities you can engage in while driving. Here are a few reasons why:

    Attention Loss
    Driving is an activity that requires your full attention. Even if you are cruising down a highway and there are no drivers in front or behind, several potential disasters could occur should you take your attention off the road to send a text message or check your email.  

    Slow Reaction Time
    When your attention is taken away from the road, your reaction time is slowed. Obstacles, distracted drivers, and other hazards that can be avoided by quick driving decisions can cause seriously injurious and even deadly accidents when your reaction time is slower than normal. Many studies suggest that text messaging slows a driver’s reaction time even more than driving while intoxicated.

    Statistics
    According to the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration, nearly one in five fatal car crashes was caused by distracted driving in the year 2010. As the most common driving distraction, text messaging was responsible for many of the 3,092 distracted driving related deaths that occurred that year.

    If you really want to get in touch with someone while you are driving, safely pull over to read and respond to any text messages you think may not be able to wait. To learn more about avoidable driving dangers, enroll in a driver training course at Top Driver. To speak with a member of our Chicago-based driving school, call (888) 471-5418.

    The Benefits of Attending Traffic School

    Last updated 11 months ago

    Detecting flashing lights in the rearview mirror and realizing that you have been caught violating a traffic law can invoke a range of emotions in a driver. Once the initial unease, frustration, or disappointment wears off, a driver that has received a traffic ticket is likely to have to choose between paying a fine and attending traffic school. If you are currently facing this decision and are unsure what option is best for you, consider the following benefits of attending traffic school:

    Points
    Most states use a point system to determine when a license will be suspended or revoked. Even minor infractions have a point value attached to them, and these points can add up. Opting to attend traffic school rather than pay the fine associated with your ticket can make it so that the points associated with your driving infraction are removed from your driving record.

    Insurance
    Auto insurance companies offer their best rates to drivers with the best driving records. An infraction that appears on your record may result in a rise in the price of your insurance rate. In some cases, attending driving school can actually result in the removal of the traffic violation from your driving records.

    Fines
    Although you must pay to attend traffic school, the cost of attending is typically less than the fine you were charged for the infraction you committed. In some states, opting to attend traffic school means you are recused from paying this fine.

    Driving Skills and Knowledge
    Attending traffic school can actually prove to be an invaluable experience. During your course, you will learn many lessons that may make you a better, safer, and more defensive driver in the future.

    At Top Driver, we offer engaging and educational traffic school courses that will enhance your knowledge of driving safety and may decrease the likelihood that you will be pegged with another traffic infraction in the future. To speak with an experienced member of our qualified driver training team, call (888) 471-5418.

    How to Choose a Driving School for Your Teen

    Last updated 11 months ago

    It’s not easy teaching your kids how to drive, especially because as a parent you are more likely to overreact to their driving habits. To ensure that your kids receive the instruction they need to be good drivers, you must choose a quality driving school. This video will explain how to find the right driving school for your teen.

    When looking for a driving school for your teen, quality should be the top priority. Check to see that the driving school belongs to a national driving school organization, and that they use late-model cars. Look for a school that offers at least six hours of practical training, and 30 hours of classroom instruction. Fast classes won’t help, so make sure you find a course that is at least four weeks long. For more tips on locating the right driving school, watch this video.

    To enroll your teen driver in a top-notch driving course, contact Top Driver. We are the largest driving school in the nation, and offer a range of classes to improve your teen driver’s safety. Call us at (888) 471-5418 or visit our website for more information about our driver training classes in Chicago.

    What You Should Know About Driver Fatigue

    Last updated 12 months ago

    We hear all the time about drivers falling asleep at the wheel and veering into a median, another car, or driving off the road. Some of these drivers are fortunate enough to escape injury and avoid harming others. Others lose their lives or collide with other drivers, causing harm that could have been prevented.

    In many cases, drivers experience signs of fatigue before they drift off to sleep, but not always. Even when signs of fatigue are present, they can be missed. For these reasons, it is important to take frequent breaks when driving long distances and to pull over if you have even a hint of suspicion that you are starting to feel fatigued while on the road.

    To learn how to recognize and manage driver fatigue, enroll in a driver training course. Serving teen and adult drivers throughout the Chicago area, Top Driver offers driver lessons and traffic school courses that will teach you the ins and outs of driver fatigue and other driving dangers. To enroll in a driving class in Chicago, call (888) 471-5418 or contact us online. 

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