Driving may see m like a safe activity, but it's actually rather
risky. Most people manage to get through the driving they need to do
each day without incident. However, every year millions of Americans
are involved in auto accidents. Since driving is an inherently
dangerous activity, the state of Illinois requires that drivers protect
themselves and others by purchasing auto insurance. Read
Illinois defensive driving classes promote road safety by educating
drivers about safe driving skills and techniques. By promoting
awareness of the importance of driving defensively and then giving
drivers the skills to make it happen, these classes provide a valuable
public service. For example, a court-ordered study of Lake County's
defensive driving program found that over the span of a decade, drivers
that took a defensive driving class were 8 times less likely to be
involved in an accident compared to drivers that did not take the
course. They were also 10 times less likely to be arrested for a moving
violation than drivers who had taken the course were. Read more...
As we grow up, there are many life lessons we pick up on our own.
However, driving is not one of them. To assist teens in gaining the
knowledge they need to become safe, responsible drivers, Illinois
requires that they take a driver's ed class before they can become
licensed. Read more...
Your Illinois driving record is an extremely important document. The
information that shows up on your driving record can influence your
insurance rates, affect your current or future employment, and even
determine whether or not you get to maintain your driving privileges!
Also, Illinois driving records are public records. Anyone can order a
copy of yours, and although they would not be able to get personal
information such as your home address, they can still see your driving
history, including any accidents or violations. Read
Driving in Illinois can be an enchanting experience. From the quiet
river valleys to the bustling big cities, a drive through the heartland
is an incredible experience. However, driving in Illinois also presents
its own unique set of challenges. In order to combat these challenges,
you need to practice defensive driving techniques. Simply knowing how
to operate your vehicle is not enough-you have to know how to drive
defensively. Read more...
Every state has a specific department that handles issues related to
driving, such as licensing drivers and registering vehicles. Without
this regulation and oversight, the nation's roads would be in chaos. In
many states, these functions are handled by the Department of Motor
Vehicles or the Motor Vehicle Commission, but in Illinois, they are
handled by the Secretary of State's office. Read more...
Unless you've been living in a cave for the past decade or so, you
are probably aware that drunken driving is both dangerous and illegal.
Over the past several years, laws regarding drinking and driving have
tightened and penalties have increased nationwide. Illinois is no
different. Of course, there's a reason the laws against driving under
the influence (DUI) are so strict. Drinking and driving can have deadly
consequences, and all too often it's innocent bystanders who suffer
them, rather than the drunk driver. Here is what you need to be aware
of in order to stay safe and legal behind the wheel of a vehicle in
Red Light Cameras
We tend to think of traffic control as a modern-day problem, but
it's actually quite ancient. According to the book Ancient
Transportation by Michael and Mary Woods, traffic was such a major
problem in the city of Imperial Rome that complete gridlock was a
fairly common occurrence. Imagine a modern-day traffic jam, only
instead of cars, picture chariots, ox-drawn carts, men on
horseback...you get the idea. To make matters worse, the Romans did not
have traffic signals. They invented stop signs and one way streets, but
of course they did not have the technology to set up traffic lights. Read more...
The government of Illinois has been setting speed limits since
before automobiles became the preferred method of transportation. In
fact, the earliest Illinois speed limits were actually for livestock
crossing over bridges-riders and drivers were required to slow the
animals down to a walk for safety's sake. The first speed limit law
relating to automobiles became effective in 1903. Read more...
Nobody likes going to court. It's time-consuming, a little
intimidating, and it can be expensive. However, if you get a traffic
ticket in Illinois, you will have to get the issue resolved with an
Illinois traffic court. If you do have to go to traffic court in
Illinois, it's a good idea to know a little bit about how the court
system operates. Read more...