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Blinded by the Light: Driving Safely in Glare

Glare around sunrise and prior to sunset can make it difficult for motorists to see.  To drive safely in glare, follow these tips:   -Keep your windshield clean.  A windshield that is free of dirt and haze (both inside and outside) will make it easier to see. -Carry a pair of sunglasses in your vehicle and wear them when necessary. -Signal turns sooner than you otherwise would.  If glare makes it difficult for you to see, other drivers will find it difficult to see your vehicle.  Signaling early gives them time to react. -Tap the brake... Read more

Poster Project Unleashes Creativity for Driver Education Students

Nova Driving School believes that driver education should be both informative and fun.  To that end, students at Nova’s Hyde Park branch recently designed posters focused on traffic safety issues that affect young drivers, particularly those drivers between ages 15 and 25.  Using markers and a healthy dose of creativity, students in Nova instructor Nakeyia Jones’ class designed posters that included messages designed to drive home the importance of safe driving.   One group, for example, put a social media spin on its work by using t... Read more

Nova Participates in Hiring Fair at West Ridge Elementary School

Nova Driving School hit the road last week in search of a few good men and women to join us in our work to advance safe, responsible driving. We were pleased to have the opportunity to participate in a Hiring Fair sponsored by Sen. Ira Silverstein, Alderman Debra Silverstein, and the Illinois Department of Employment Security on Thursday, Aug. 4 at West Ridge Elementary School on Chicago’s north side.   The event provided an opportunity for Nova to interact with candidates for a variety of positions, including office assistant, classroom... Read more

Complete Your Adult Driver Education (6-hr) Course in One Day with Nova!

Policymakers in Illinois are committed to ensuring that young drivers have the skills necessary to safely operate a motor vehicle.  These skills include a solid knowledge of traffic laws, vehicle operation, and motorists’ responsibilities.  Illinois requires first-time driver’s license applicants (between 18 and 20) to complete a six-hour Adult Driver Education course if they did not take driver education through their high school or through a driving school.   The students pictured here recently completed Nova’s one-day, six-hour ... Read more

Heatstroke: An Overlooked Danger

With summer in full swing, warm weather makes it especially important for parents and caregivers to keep a close eye on the children in their care. In 2015, 24 children across the United States died from heatstroke after being left alone in superheated cars.   Although many people think that heatstroke can occur only when temperatures are in the 80s or 90s, a car’s interior temperature can reach 110 degrees F even when the outdoor temperature is in the 60s. A child’s body temperature rises 3 to 5 times faster than an adult’s temperat... Read more

Congratulations on Earning Your Instruction Permits!

Congratulations to students in Nova’s Teen Program who have earned their instruction permits!  Pictured (left to right) are Nova students Katie F., Natalie R., and Casey K.   Nova’s Teen Program coursework, which includes 15 classroom sessions (2 hours per session), is designed to allow students to earn their instruction permits after the fourth class session.  To earn an instruction permit in Illinois, a student must pass a vision test and a written exam at a Secretary of State Driver Services facility.  The written exam focuses on... Read more

Illinois State Police Visit Nova to Discuss Distracted Driving

Distracted driving can have life-altering consequences for both distracted motorists and their victims, Illinois State Troopers David Roman and Aldo Schumann emphasized during a June 5 presentation to students in Nova’s Teen Program.  Using PowerPoint slides that featured actual video clips and still photos of traffic crashes, Troopers Schumann and Roman illustrated how sending a text message or using cell phone while behind the wheel takes drivers’ eyes—and minds—off the task of safely operating their vehicles.   Students had an ... Read more

Make Safety Systems a Top Priority When Considering a Car

The best type of crash is the crash that doesn’t happen.  Many new vehicles offer safety systems that apply the brakes automatically to avoid rear-end collisions, maintain a pre-set distance between vehicles through adaptive cruise control, and alert the driver to blind-spot hazards, among other forms of driver assistance.  Electronic stability control, standard on all cars since 2012, can help you avoid a crash by keeping a car under control during an abrupt steering maneuver.   David Champion, Senior Director of Automotive Testing fo... Read more


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