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9/22/2020

3 Driving Tips for Fall

by Courtney Conley

If it feels like fall snuck up on you this year, you’re not alone! The first day of fall is September 22nd, and we’ve put together a list of driving tips to help keep you safe this season.

1. Watch out for fallen leaves.

Fall Landscape

While fall leaves are beautiful to look at, they’re not so beautiful to drive on. Wet leaves can turn the road into a slippery mess pretty quickly. Driving over them can cause your vehicle to lose traction. Leaves can also block drainage and cause big puddles. It’s a good idea to avoid driving through big puddles as much as possible, because you never know what’s hiding beneath the surface. It could be something that damages your vehicle.

Leaves are often raked into piles along the side of the road, and as a result, drivers may park further away from the curb than usual, making narrow streets even more narrow.

As we move into the fall season, keep an eye out for fallen leaves and do your best to avoid them as much as possible while on the road. If you cannot avoid them, slow down and proceed with caution.

2. Check your tires.

Tires

Cool air in the fall can cause your tires to lose pressure more quickly than usual. For every 10 degree drop in temperature, your tire pressure decreases by about 1 pound per square inch (PSI). Incorrect tire pressure will compromise cornering, braking, and stability. In the worst-case scenario, improper tire pressure can lead to tire failure (a blow-out) and a serious collision.

Check the tire pressure recommendations in your vehicle’s owner manual. Or, you can often find this information printed on a sticker on the inside of the driver’s door. You could also look it up online. Most passenger cars will recommend 32 to 35 PSI. Often times, the PSI will be different for front and rear tires. Keep an eye on your tire pressure and fill your tires when necessary.

3. Drive carefully in fog.

Fog

As the air cools in the fall, the water vapor condenses into fog. Fog can become a real problem in the fall, especially in the morning. Roads you drive every day suddenly look unfamiliar, and other drivers are unpredictable. In fog, you can’t see the road ahead and may not be able to stop before hitting another vehicle, person, animal, or object. If you notice fog before heading out, consider postponing your trip until conditions are clear.

If driving in the fog cannot be avoided, there are a few precautions you can take. First, make sure to use your low beam headlights, not your high beam headlights. High beams reflect water vapor (fog) and make it harder to see because of the glare. You should turn on your low beams in daytime fog if your vision is reduced to 1,000 feet or less. If fog closes in completely and your visibility is reduced to near zero, carefully pull off the road as far as possible, stop where it is safe to do so and wait until visibility returns before driving again.

The next thing to keep in mind is not to stop in the middle of the road when entering a fog bank. The car behind you may not see you, and might rear-end you. Reduce your speed, and increase the amount of space between your vehicle and the one in front of you. Finally, keep your windshield clear of condensation by using your windshield wipers. You could also crack a window to help reduce condensation.

This fall, stay safe by keeping these driving tips in mind! If you would like to learn more about how to adjust your driving to fit any situation, take one of our online courses! We offer convenient online courses for traffic school, defensive driving, auto insurance discounts, driver education, and mature driver improvement. Visit our website to see which courses we offer in your area!

If it feels like fall snuck up on you this year, you’re not alone! The first day of fall is September 22nd, and we’ve put together a list of driving tips to help keep you safe this season.

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9/14/2020

Who Needs to Complete an Illinois Adult Driver Education Course?

by Courtney Conley
Young Adult Driver

We have exciting news: our online Illinois Adult Driver Education course has been approved by the Illinois Secretary of State! That means those who are ages 18, 19, or 20 and have never previously been licensed or completed an approved driver education course may now register and complete our 6-hour online Illinois Adult Driver Education course to meet licensing requirements. Other adults age 18 and older can take our online Illinois Adult Driver Education course to prepare for the knowledge exam, or to brush up on their knowledge of Illinois driving laws.

We've worked hard to make the best course possible for our students. We want you to enjoy the time you spend on our course! In this post, we'll explain who should complete an Illinois Adult Driver Education course. We'll also review some of the features of our course.

Young Adult Driver

Who should take an Illinois Adult Driver Education course?

This course is for Illinois driver's license applicants ages 18, 19, or 20 who have never previously been licensed or completed an approved driver education course. If this applies to you, you must meet the following requirements to earn your driver's license:

  • Complete a 6-hour Adult Driver Education course approved by the Illinois Secretary of State (SOS) and provide a Certificate of Completion (Safe2Drive's course satisfies this requirement)
  • Complete an application for a driver's license
  • Gather the required identification documents
  • Pass a vision screening
  • Pass a knowledge exam
  • Pass a driving skills test
  • Pay the required licensing fee

If you're over age 18 and want to prepare for the knowledge exam, or just want to brush up on your knowledge of Illinois traffic laws, you can also take our course!

Teen Driver

How does the course work?

If you've never completed an online course, don't worry! Our course is easy to navigate. Plus, we have a dedicated customer service team available to help you if you get stuck!

The Illinois SOS requires adult driver education courses to be 6 hours long. You can finish our course in one sitting, or in small bursts. It's really up to you! The SOS requires that you finish the course within 30 days of starting, so make sure to keep an eye on that.

The course is divided up into 6 short lessons, each focusing on different driving topics. After each lesson, you'll complete a short quiz. Most people pass the lesson quizzes on their first try, but no worries—you can retake the lesson quizzes as many times as you need in order to pass at no additional cost.

When you've finished the course content and lesson quizzes, you will take an online multiple-choice final exam. The final exam consists of 20 questions, and you will need to score at least 75% in order to pass. Even though most people pass the final exam on their first try, the SOS permits two tries to pass the final exam. After that, you must start the course over from the beginning. Safe2Drive does not charge any additional fees to retake the final exam or start the course over.

Our course and final exam are completed online. You can take the course on any device that connects to the internet, whether you're at home on the couch or at the park on a sunny day!

Our course is interactive!

We want you to participate! That's why we've included interactive features throughout our course. You will read interesting short stories, watch helpful videos, view interactive animations, and even play games! Each lesson includes a variety of multimedia elements. We also include a short summary at the end of each lesson to help you remember everything you've learned.

Another cool feature of our course is our read-aloud option. At no additional cost, you can listen to an audio version of our course as you follow along in each lesson. The audio is clear and engaging—not a boring robot voice. You'll have the option to turn the audio feature on or off throughout the course whenever you like.

Young Adults in Car

Our online Illinois Adult Driver Education course is a great option for those ages 18, 19, or 20 who need to complete the course for a licensing requirement, as well as those age 18 and older who want to complete the course voluntarily. If you're looking for an online Illinois Adult Driver Education course, we hope you will consider Safe2Drive! If you have any questions, our awesome customer support team is here for you 7 days a week. If you would like more information on our course, please check out our website.

We have exciting news: our online Illinois Adult Driver Education course has been approved by the Illinois Secretary of State! That means those who are ages 18, 19, or 20 and have never previously been licensed or completed an approved driver education course may now register and complete our 6-hour online Illinois Adult Driver Education course to meet licensing requirements. Other adults age 18 and older can take our online Illinois Adult Driver Education course to prepare for the knowledge exam, or to brush up on their knowledge of Illinois driving laws.

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9/8/2020

National Beer Lover's Day

by Courtney Conley

September 7th is National Beer Lover’s Day. Beer is one of the oldest beverages humans have produced, dating as far back as 7,000 BC. These days, there’s a seemingly endless amount of options when it comes to choosing which beer to celebrate with. Unfortunately, where there’s alcohol, there’s often drunk driving. We want beer lovers to stay safe. In this post, we’ll take a look at a few ways alcohol can negatively affect your driving.

Beer Cans

Alcohol impairs many important driving skills, including:

  • Judgement and reasoning
  • Awareness and alertness
  • Vision
  • Physical condition
  • Coordination
  • Reaction time

Imagine trying to hit a golf ball, writing an email, or working on an art project if your cognitive and physical abilities were degraded. Now, imagine driving a large, heavy, metal object at high speeds around other people while feeling this way. It would not end well.

Drivers often have limited knowledge of the impairing effects of alcohol, or they misinterpret the signs of impairment. At higher BACs, their inhibitions become reduced, and they underestimate the alcohol-crash risk, which leads to risk-taking. While the legal limit for drivers age 21 and older is 0.08% BAC, even low levels of alcohol makes the ability to concentrate on two activities simultaneously more difficult. For example, a driver may not be able to stay within their lane while also adjusting the radio.

Several key misperceptions develop as a person drinks alcohol. First, intoxicated drivers overestimate their ability to drive. Second, they downplay or minimize the likelihood that something bad will happen. Finally, they lose the ability to estimate how impaired they are. These misperceptions lead to greater risk-taking and poor decision making.

Awareness also is reduced in drivers who have been drinking. Alcohol-impaired drivers tend to stare rather than scan their surroundings for hazards. This can significantly impair their awareness of developing traffic situations and surrounding vehicles. Impaired drivers also forget how to perform certain tasks, such as turning on or dimming headlights. They often forget to buckle their seat belts, increasing their risk of death in a crash.

Having any amount of alcohol in your system can negatively affect your ability to drive safely on the road. Just because you’re under the legal limit, doesn’t mean that you can drive safely or that you’re immune from incurring legal consequences for driving under the influence. If you’re observing National Beer Lover’s Day this year, make sure you’re doing so safely by not getting behind the wheel after drinking.

Do you enjoy learning about driving-related topics? If so, you would love our courses! We offer fun and convenient online courses for defensive driving and traffic school, auto insurance discounts, teen driver education, and mature driver improvement. Visit our website to see which courses we offer in your state.

September 7th is National Beer Lover’s Day. Beer is one of the oldest beverages humans have produced, dating as far back as 7,000 BC. These days, there’s a seemingly endless amount of options when it comes to choosing which beer to celebrate with. Unfortunately, where there’s alcohol, there’s often drunk driving. We want beer lovers to stay safe. In this post, we’ll take a look at a few ways alcohol can negatively affect your driving.

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8/31/2020

What is the Value of Driver Education Courses?

by Courtney Conley

Most teenagers are excited to begin their driving career. In most states, teens who hope to earn a driver’s license are required to complete a driver education course. If you’re a teen and you’re thinking, "Ugh, another class I have to take? Does driver education even matter?" We hear you! There are a lot of misconceptions about the value of driver education courses out there. All new drivers could benefit from a driver education course. We’re going to address three common misconceptions about driver education courses.

1. Are Driver Education courses a waste of time?

Smiling Teen Driver

Ideally, no! Just like anything else, the effort you put into it matters. If you treat driver education like a time waster and never pay attention, then that’s what it will be! But if you take your time, take it seriously, and really do your best to absorb the information, it will be well worth it. When you take a driver education course, you learn about traffic safety, how to operate a motor vehicle, defensive driving techniques, impaired driving, how to protect yourself in a collision, how to avoid collisions, and many other topics! Each state has specific guidelines for the topics driver education courses must cover, and courses are designed to give you all the information you need in order to obtain your driver’s license and become a safe, defensive driver.

2. Isn’t Driver Education super boring?

Online Driver Education

That depends on which course you take! Driving topics can be a little dry. At Safe2Drive, we want you to enjoy your driver education experience. That’s why our online driver education courses include interactive games, videos, pictures, illustrations, and slideshows. When you take a driver education course with Safe2Drive, you won’t be mindlessly scrolling through boring text, or struggling to stay awake in a stuffy classroom.

3. Can’t I just skip Driver Education and get my license later?

Driver Looking in Rearview Mirror

Honestly, maybe. It depends on what state you’re in. Some states, like Illinois, require people age 18 to 20 to take an Adult Driver Education course if they skipped the regular driver education course. Even if your state doesn’t require driver education after you turn 18, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider taking a driver education course anyway. Driver education courses help you build the foundation you need in order to be a safe and defensive driver. Skipping your driver education course and going right into driving on your own may sound like a good idea in theory, but in reality, you will be underprepared for the world of driving.

Driver education courses are valuable because driving is something you get better at with more practice, but not all practice is equal. You may have heard the phrase, "Practice makes permanent." I first learned this phrase from my band director in middle school. If you play the school’s fight song 100 times, eventually you’ll probably be able to play it from memory. The more you practice, the more it sticks in your brain. But if you practice a song incorrectly, you’re going to memorize it incorrectly.

The same holds true for driving. Over time, you’ll get more comfortable behind the wheel, and you’ll know how to drive from memory. But, if you never really learned how to drive safely and defensively, your driving skills may be lacking. Driver education courses give you a solid foundation from the start so that over the years, you’ll memorize not just how to drive, but how to drive safely and defensively.

Teen Driver with Keys

Driver education courses teach teens skills they will use for the rest of their lives. When you take a driver education course, you’re doing more than fulfilling a requirement. You’re giving yourself the best start to a long and safe driving career. We think that’s pretty valuable! If you’re ready to register for a driver education course, visit our website to see if we offer an online course in your state!

Most teenagers are excited to begin their driving career. In most states, teens who hope to earn a driver’s license are required to complete a driver education course. If you’re a teen and you’re thinking, "Ugh, another class I have to take? Does driver education even matter?" we hear you! There are a lot of misconceptions about the value of driver education courses out there. All new drivers could benefit from a driver education course. We’re going to address three common misconceptions about driver education courses.

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