Last updated 4 days ago
Though it’s best to avoid driving in harsh winter weather whenever possible, there may be times when you have no choice. If you’re a teen or young adult driver and have only recently undergone training, this might not seem like an easy task at first. It can prove somewhat tricky even after you’ve gained a lot of experience. Here are some safety tips you can follow to stay safe behind the wheel:
Drive a Winterized Car
You should give your car a thorough checkup to make sure everything is in order before it’s time to drive. Check the ignition, fuel tank, tires, antifreeze and anything else pertinent to safe operation. You can either have your vehicle examined by a professional or give it a look yourself to make sure it’s equipped to function in winter conditions. When driving, pack essential equipment for use in tough situations, including a spare tire in case your car breaks down and a shovel to help clear up the pavement.
Keep a Slow Pace
Always proceed slowly on frozen roads. As a rule of thumb, try to keep the space between yourself and the car ahead of you about three times as wide as it would normally be. This will give you enough room to slow down, stop, or perform any other action that might keep you from running into other motorists. When braking, never slam your foot on the pedal. Instead, press down gently and bring the car to a slow, controlled stop to avoid skidding.
Mind Invisible Hazards
One of the most dangerous things about winter driving is that many threats can go unseen until it’s too late. It’s easy for black ice to form on shaded parts of bridges and roads that don’t get much traffic. Precipitation can also decrease visibility, which is why you should keep your lights, windows, and mirrors clean at all times. Also, your lights should always be kept on so other drivers can see you and you can see them.
Adams School of Driving provides excellent driver’s education for people of all ages. Our patient, friendly instructors undergo three times the amount of training required and work well with even the most nervous and inexperienced motorists. Call (847) 929-4355 or visit us online to find out how to begin driving lessons.
Last updated 16 days ago
Navigated improperly, intersections can be a very dangerous place, especially for young and inexperienced teen drivers. According to some statistics, about 20 percent of all crashes occur at intersections. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to improve your odds of safely making it through an intersection.
First, understand how vehicles and pedestrians travel through and across intersections. If you come to a four-way stop, the vehicle that arrives first proceeds before the other cars. In the event of a tie, yield the right-of-way to the vehicle on your right. When you are at a traffic signal and the light turns green, look both ways before proceeding into the intersection, as some cars may be hurrying through the intersection from the opposite direction in an attempt to beat or catch the light. And always remember that a yellow light doesn’t mean speed up; it means slow down and prepare to stop.
For more tips on how to safely navigate through an intersection, contact Adams School of Driving. With multiple locations and over 60 years of experience, we are one of the most trusted driving schools in the Chicagoland area. Contact us online or call us at (847) 965-6565 to learn more about our teen and adult driving lessons.
Last updated 23 days ago
Teenagers may think they know it all, but that quickly changes the first time they sit behind the wheel of car. Driving can be daunting for a teen, which is why car accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States. Fortunately, you can make a positive impact on your teen and keep him or her safe while driving.
In this video, AAA Teen Driver Safety Expert Justin McNaull explains what you can do to protect your teen driver. First, set rules with your teen driver—and be sure to enforce them. Limit when your teen drives, who they drive with, and how far they are able to drive on their own. For more tips, watch this short video clip.
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Last updated 1 month ago
According to some data, as much as 93 percent of cars bought in the U.S. in 2012 were equipped with an automatic transmission. True, manual transmissions are not as popular as they once were, but there are numerous benefits to learning how to drive a stick shift. Not only are manual vehicles typically cheaper and more fuel efficient than automatics, but they are arguably more fun to drive. Whether you need to learn how to drive stick so you can buy an affordable first car or you simply want to become a more talented driver, here are a few tips and pointers for operating a manual transmission.
Get Familiar with the Layout
Before you even start the engine, take a few minutes to get familiar with the layout of the shifter knob and pedal layout. You will notice an extra pedal on the left side of the brake. This is the clutch. In order to shift between gears, the clutch must be fully engaged. Step on the clutch and take the shifter knob through all of the gears. This will give you an idea of how long or short the “throw” is between each gear.
Ease Out of First Gear
Starting from first gear is when most new manual drivers will stall, so don’t feel defeated or frustrated if you don’t get it on your first try. With your left foot on the clutch, put your right foot on the gas pedal and slowly press down. Try to keep the engine speed between one and two thousand RPMs. As you slowly bring the clutch up with your left foot, give the car more gas with your right. Once the vehicle gets going, you can remove your foot from the clutch and slowly coast around the parking lot where you are practicing.
Have a friend or relative show you the proper way to drive a stick shift, and don’t give up if you don’t get it right off the bat. Once you get the basics, Adams School of Driving can teach you how to safely drive your vehicle. We offer multiple driving schools throughout the Chicagoland area. Learn more about our teen and adult driving lessons at our website or by calling (847) 965-6565.
Last updated 1 month ago
The numbers don’t lie—and the numbers say that car crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers. Car accidents claim about 3,000 young lives every year. That’s as many as eight teen deaths per day, most of which could have been avoided. Fortunately, you can take steps now to prevent your teen driver from becoming a statistic. Here are some ways that you can help keep your teenager safe while he is on the road.
Practice Driving with Your Teen
Don’t wait until your teen is old enough to drive by himself to start modeling good driving behaviors. Before your teen takes the driving test, take him on drives with the intent of demonstrating the right (and wrong) ways to drive. Don’t talk on your phone, text, speed, or drive without your seat belt—if you do, your teen might also.
Set the Rules of the Road
It’s one thing to talk about the rules of the road with your teen, but in order to make sure that your child observes those rules, establish a driving agreement and talk about the consequences for breaking them. These rules should include when your teen can drive, how many passengers are allowed in the car, and rules against speeding and texting while driving.
Enroll Your Teen in Driving School
If you want to make sure that your teen is prepared for the open road, enroll him in a certified teen driving program. A professional driving instructor will be able to give your child hands-on demonstrations that instill safe driving behaviors and techniques.
Adams School of Driving is proud to be one of the largest and most trusted driving schools in the greater Chicagoland area. Visit our website to learn about our teen driving programs, or call us at (847) 965-6565 to enroll your teen in one of our traffic safety and driver education courses.