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    Master the Art of Parallel Parking

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Parallel parking is an essential skill for every driver. When you are learning to parallel park, there are several steps that you can take to ensure success every time. For a closer look at how to master the art of parallel parking, watch this video from Expert Village.

    The driver training program at Top Driver will provide you with all of the skills you need to become a safe and skilled driver. Our five driving school locations throughout the Chicago area offer a range of driver training programs that can be conveniently tailored to your individual needs and schedule. Call our driving school at (888) 471-5418 to learn more about how our instructors can help you pass your driver test. 

    10 Tips for Safe Driving [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Whether you’re planning a lengthy summer road trip with your friends or you’re about to head out on your morning commute across Chicago, be sure to take a few minutes to think about driving safety. By planning ahead and being aware of your surroundings, you can significantly reduce your risk of being involved in a car crash. Maintaining awareness is critically important because it allows you to react to the mistakes of other drivers, which can help prevent accidents. Additionally, you should always stay at or a little below the speed limit to increase the time you have to react to traffic problems. Enrolling in a driving school can help you brush up on your driving skills and traffic safety awareness. Check out this infographic to learn some top driving tips and be sure to pass it along to your friends and family to help keep everyone safe on the road!

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    Car Maintenance 101

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Part of being a safe driver is knowing how to take care of your vehicle. After all, driving a safe car is the first step to staying safe on the road. Unfortunately, keeping your car in tip-top shape is about more than taking it in for repairs when something breaks; it’s about maintaining the various parts and components to the best of your ability so that everything works as it should. Here are a few car maintenance tips to help keep your vehicle in great (and safe) shape.

    Check Fluids
    Fluids are the lifeblood of your vehicle. From engine coolant to automatic transmission fluid, the fluids running through the engine ensure that your vehicle performs as it should. Learn how to check the various fluids beneath the hood, and be sure to add fluids as necessary to avoid expensive repairs and unsafe driving conditions.

    Inspect Tires
    As the only points of contact between your vehicle and the road, your tires deserve more care and attention than they probably get. Tires that are improperly inflated or worn out are not only at risk of blowing out, but they can also affect your vehicle’s fuel economy. Check the pressure and tread of all tires, including the spare, at least once per month. And always replace tires if they are worn or damaged.

    Wash and Wax
    Not all car maintenance involves getting dirty. In fact, some maintenance involves getting clean. Washing and waxing your vehicle on a regular basis is a great way to boost its resale value, but it will also help stave off rust, which can affect the structural integrity of your vehicle. It is especially important to wash and wax your vehicle in the wintertime, as the combination of ice and road salts can wreak havoc on your car’s metal components. 

    Top Driver can’t make you a better car mechanic, but we can make you a better driver. As the nation’s largest driving school, Top Driver provides convenient driver training designed to develop smart and intelligent drivers for life. Visit our website or call (888) 471-5418 to learn more about our driving school and our driver training courses for teens and adults. 

    Driving School expands to Crystal Lake after Northwest Suburban's sudden closing

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Story by Jim Dallke, Northwest Herald

    Less than two weeks after Northwest Suburban Driving School unexpectedly closed its doors, another driving school has moved to Crystal Lake.

    Top Driver Driving School has signed a lease with Terra Cotta Corners, located at 650 E. Terra Cotta Ave. The driving school plans to take on students displaced by Northwest Suburban Driving School, and CEO Paul Zalatoris said he will offer discounted classes to those who were left hanging in the middle of their training.

    “We were moving real fast,” Zalatoris said. “We kind of [signed a lease] in record breaking time.

    “I thought it would be a good opportunity for us as a company and a chance to help students and parents impacted by the sudden closing of Northwest,” Zalatoris said.

    Top Driver has 30 locations in the Chicago area, and 40 additional schools in Michigan and Ohio. Zalatoris said he saw Northwest Suburban Driving School's closing as a chance to expand the company to an area in need of driving schools.

    “We weren't looking for this,” he said. “Northwest was a large school. There was no need to try and go into [McHenry County]. That wasn't a target of ours. It's a small industry, and you don't step on your competitors' toes. But with them moving out, there was a need to replace Northwest. There was an opportunity for us.”

    On Sept. 6, Northwest Suburban Driving School, the state's third largest driving school, closed all 10 of its Chicago are locations without informing any of its students or their parents. The Secretary of State's office said the school closed for financial reasons, and it's Crystal Lake landlord said the company owed $2,021.25 for past-due rent.

    Top Driver has begun reaching out to former Northwest Suburban Driving students and plans to hold classes for Marian Central High School students Wednesday. A special class for students who were in the middle of the classroom portion of driver training at Northwest Suburban will be held Monday at Top Driver's Crystal Lake location. A regular schedule for new drivers will begin “quickly thereafter,” Zalatoris said.

    In what Zalatoris called a “goodwill promotion” to impacted Northwest Suburban students, Top Driver will charge $240 to students who need to finish the classroom and driving portion of the class, essentially offering the remaining classroom sessions at no cost, he said.

    Top Driver also absorbed six of Northwest Suburban's former employees and has begun training them on company policies and procedures, Zalatoris said.


    How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

    Last updated 6 months ago

    There is a lot of confusion surrounding engine oil these days, particularly with regard to how often the oil needs to be changed. The longer you drive between oil changes, the lower your maintenance costs will be over the life of your car, but some people believe that less frequent oil changes lead to other car problems and more expensive repair bills. So, what is the right answer?

    To start, check your owner’s manual and get the manufacturer’s recommendations for your car. The automaker has done extensive testing on your car’s engine to determine its performance and maintenance needs, so you can trust the mileage intervals they recommend for your vehicle. Of course, you could always err on the safe side and get an oil change every 3,000 miles.

    Now that you know how to maintain your vehicle, shouldn’t you also know how to safely operate your vehicle? Top Driver is the nation’s largest driving school, and we offer driver training courses for teens and adults who want to become better, safer, and more confident drivers. Contact us online or call (888) 471-5418 to enroll in our driving school today

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