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    Laws Regarding Passengers for Teen Drivers

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Out of all of the traffic fatalities involving teenage drivers, more than half occur when another teenager is in the car. Lawmakers have taken notice of the danger posed by teenage drivers, which is why many states have enacted laws that limit the number of passengers under the age of 20 a teenage driver can carry. Here is a closer look at some of these laws regarding teen drivers in Illinois and a few surrounding states.

    In Illinois, teen drivers are limited to the number of passengers that they can transport. During the first year of holding a driver’s license or until the driver is 18 years old, whichever occurs first, a teenage driver can only carry one passenger under the age of 20. Drivers may carry additional passengers if the passenger is a sibling, child, step-sibling, or step-child of the driver.

    In Ohio, any teenage driver under 17 years old cannot carry more than one passenger, no matter the age, unless this other person is an immediate family member. The only exception to this rule is if the driver’s parent or legal guardian is also present in the vehicle.

    In the state of Michigan, there are no restrictions on the number of passengers that can be in the car with a teenage driver. But parents are encouraged to set limits on the number of passengers their teenage driver transports, as each teenage passenger in the car increases the risk of a car crash.

    To ensure that your teenage driver understands the importance of making safe driving decisions, enroll him or her in a driving school with a strong record for quality and results. Top Driver, the largest driving school in the nation, offers the driving lessons and training that your teenage driver needs. Call us at (888) 471-5418 or visit our website for more information about our teen driver training throughout Chicago. 

    Nighttime Safe Driving Tips

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Did you know that traffic fatalities are three times more likely to occur at night than during the daytime? This is because as soon as the sun goes down, a driver’s important visual abilities such as peripheral vision and depth perception are seriously compromised. To ensure that you and your family are driving safely at night, remember to reduce speed and following distance at night. This will give you more time to react in the event that you need to apply the brakes. Also make sure that your windows are clean, as dirty windows can substantially reduce your ability to see at night. To reduce glare, lower the brightness of the lights inside your vehicle’s cabin.

    For more driving safety tips, call Top Driver at (888) 471-5418. Our Chicago driving school is the biggest in the nation, and offers lessons and training programs to make you or your teenager drivers safer behind the wheel. Visit our website to learn more about how we can make you or your teen driver safer on the road.

    A Look at the Top Driver Difference

    Last updated 8 months ago

    How many driving schools can say that they are the largest in the country? In addition to having more resources than any other driving school in the nation, Top Driver also offers better training, which will ensure your teenage driver’s safety behind the wheel. Read on to learn more about the Top Driver difference and why you should enroll your son or daughter in one of our successful driver training courses.

    Quality Training
    Top Driver sets itself apart from other driving schools by employing outstanding driving instructors. Our driving teachers are energetic and passionate when it comes to teaching teens to drive, and many of them already have experience coaching or teaching teenagers. All of our driving instructors have passed our extensive, multi-week training program, which emphasizes the importance of engaging students as much as possible. To improve the quality of their instruction, we give our driving teachers feedback based on observation and customer surveys.

    To ensure your teenage driver takes classes that work with his or her schedule, Top Driver allows students to schedule training when it works for them. Our driving school even sends e-mail reminders, and offers customer service online and over the phone. Per year, we offer 15,000 hours of classes and more than 21,000 hours of behind-the-wheel vehicle training for drivers throughout the Chicagoland area.

    Resources for Parents
    To get parents acquainted with the Top Driver program, we offer regular parent orientations. We can also give parents feedback on their child’s driving after every lesson. Furthermore, we offer online training that will help you coach your teenage driver as they practice driving. We also offer resources that help parents through the process of helping their child obtain a driver’s license.

    What else makes Top Driver the best driving school in the country? Find out by contacting us at (888) 471-5418 or by visiting our website. We offer driving lessons and driver training that will make a lasting difference for the safety of your teen driver.

    Texting While Driving: More Dangerous than Drunk Driving

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Shortly after it gained widespread popularity, mobile phone text messaging emerged as one of the leading causes of traffic accidents in the United States. As demonstrated by this clip from The Today Show, the consequences of what many drivers believe to be harmless text messaging have had a painful toll on the lives of tens of thousands of Americans.

    By focusing on a few specific examples of how the lives of many Americans have been lost and the lives of others forever changed as the result of drivers’ decisions to take their eyes off the road to type or read a text message, this news clip is something that many viewers can connect with and everyone should watch.

    Texting while driving is an especially large problem among younger drivers. If you would like for your teenager to receive driver’s training at a driving school that emphasizes the importance of avoiding distractions while on the road, call Top Driver at (888) 471-5418. We are proud to the Chicagoland’s leading driving school for teens and adults

    The Benefits of Bringing Driver Education Into High Schools

    Last updated 8 months ago

    When driver education is provided by the high school, students have convenient and quality access to the training and education they need to become safe and skilled drivers. At Top Driver, we offer top-quality driver education services to high schools in the Chicagoland area through our High School Partnership Program. Let’s take a look at the benefits of bringing driver education into high schools:

    Convenient for Students
    Driver education is an important part of every teenager’s life. By bringing driver education into high schools, students are provided with convenient access to quality driver education courses. When driver training is offered directly at their school, it will be easier for students and parents to make time for this important service. The classes can be seamlessly incorporated into the high school schedule, and will be offered at an affordable price for every student.

    Safer Drivers
    Every teen must pass a driver’s education course to receive their driver’s license when they turn 16. When driver education is provided by the high school, these young drivers will have access to the best quality resources and instructors. This educational experience will prepare teen drivers for a lifetime of safe and responsible driving.

    Parental Involvement
    When driver education is brought into high schools, parents will have the opportunity to become more involved in their teen’s driver training. By coordinating with the teen’s class schedule, driver’s education at the high school will be a convenient option for parents and students who are juggling multiple extracurricular activities. Parents will also receive updates and reports on their teen’s progress in the driver’s education program.

    The Top Driver Driving School features a High School Partnership Program that provides top quality driver education to local high schools. We will provide the instructors and curriculum, and will hold classes in a classroom right on the high school campus. To learn more about bringing Top Driver to your child's high school, call our Chicagoland offices at (888) 471-5418 today!

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