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Most car owners know about the importance of checking a car’s engine oil and having it changed, but what about other tasks that need to be performed to keep a car in top shape? Learn more about specific items to watch—including the brakes, the air filter, and fluid levels—at http://consumerreports.org/cro/2012/12/how-to-maintain-your-new-car/index.htm
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Happy Valentine's Day!
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While no one knows whether the groundhog will see his shadow this Groundhog Day, one thing is for sure: summer is only a few months away. Nova had a chance to spread the word about our summer Driver Education programs for teens during the Summer Programs Resource Fair on Monday, Jan. 30. Sponsored by Educare Chicago, the fair provided such organizations as the Chicago Park District, City Colleges of Chicago, and others with an opportunity to share information with the community about their summer programs (and in some cases, summer jobs) for teens. Nova instructors Betty Holcomb and Reggie Rush (pictured above) served as Nova’s ambassadors during the event.

Nova’s Teen Program, which includes 15 classroom sessions (2 hours per session), gives teens the knowledge that they need in order to become safe, responsible drivers. Teen students also participate in behind-the-wheel driving lessons with Nova’s professional instructors at times that are convenient for students’ schedules. To learn more about Nova’s Teen Program options, we invite you to visit us on the Web at http://novadriving.com/our-programs/teen-programs/ or call us at (773) 489-2712.
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Nova’s one-day, six-hour Adult Driver Education class allows students between 18 and 20 to complete the Illinois Adult Driver Education requirement in a fun, efficient format. Illinois requires first-time driver’s license applicants (between 18 and 20) to participate in a six-hour Adult Driver Education course if they did not take driver education through their high school or through a driving school.

Nova’s class covers the process for earning a license; the Rules of the Road; the dangers of distracted and impaired driving; and driving safely in a variety of weather conditions, among other topics.

Classes are held on select Sundays of the month at Nova’s 2058 N. Western Avenue location and on specific dates at Nova’s Hyde Park branch at 5503 S. Harper Ave in Chicago. To learn more about Nova’s Adult Driver Education course, visit us on the Web at http://novadriving.com/our-programs/written-exam-instruction-permit/ or call us at (773) 489-2712. #NovaDrive
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We are pleased to announce that Nova’s School Director, Mayra Khan, has been named one of the 2017 Enterprising Women of the Year by Enterprising Women Magazine!

The Enterprising Women of the Year program is one of the most prestigious recognition programs for women business owners. To win, nominees must demonstrate that they have fast-growth businesses, mentor or actively support other women and girls involved in entrepreneurship, and stand out as leaders in their communities.

In April 2017, Mayra will participate in the Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Celebration & Conference, where she will have a chance to participate in workshops and network with other female entrepreneurs from around the United States. Congratulations, Mayra! http://ow.ly/i/qOevs
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Nova Driving School is pleased to announce that we will offer the National Safety Council’s Professional Truck Driver Defensive Driving Course (DDC-PTD) starting in late-January 2017. This classroom-based course will teach students how to recognize hazards, avoid collisions, and comply with state and federal laws and safety standards. Among the topics covered in the course:

- How driver fatigue/stress affects operating a large truck
- Proper vehicle maintenance and inspection
- How to deal with changing driving conditions and hazards
- Identifying blind spots, safe following/stopping distances, lane management and backing safely
-The National Safety Council's three-step DDC Collision Prevention Formula

Nova will share additional updates about the program in the coming weeks. If you drive a large truck for a living, or if you own or manage a truck fleet, we invite you to contact us at (773) 489-2712 to learn how Nova could meet your company’s defensive-driving needs.
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As we look forward to the New Year, Nova wants to ensure that drivers have up-to-date information on new laws that affect motorists who speed, drive without insurance, or who drive in unsafe ways near railroad crossings, school buses, and disabled vehicles.

In a statement released on Dec. 29, Illinois State Police Director Leo Schmitz said that police in 2017 will focus on enforcing a 2016 law that classifies driving 26 to 35 mph over the speed limit in school and work zones as a Class B misdemeanor and 35 mph over the limit as a Class A misdemeanor. Drivers who violate the law in each situation are subject to arrest.

As has been the case for many years, all vehicles registered in Illinois are required to carry liability insurance. In 2017, though, a person who has been convicted of driving without insurance could have his or her vehicle impounded if he or she is stopped by police within 12 months of the first citation.

Among other 2017 laws that motorists should know:

-Fines will double for motorists who disregard railroad crossing signals (from $250 to $500 for a first offense).

-Drivers in parking lots and other non-road areas will be required to stop for a school bus that has activated its flashing lights and extended its stop sign to pick up or drop off students.

-Motorists will be required to reduce speed and make a lane change when encountering a disabled vehicle displaying its hazard flashers. State law already requires motorists to reduce speed and make a lane change when encountering emergency and maintenance vehicles displaying rotating, oscillating, or flashing lights. If a lane change is not possible when encountering a stopped vehicle, motorists should reduce speed and proceed with caution.

More information about new driving laws is available online at http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/illinois-driving-laws-408589615.html

Nova wishes everyone a safe, happy, and healthy 2017!
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With the start of the New Year comes the arrival of new laws for Illinois motorists. Below, we’ve summarized some of the most-important new laws that take effect January 1, 2017:

-When a driver encounters a disabled vehicle displaying its hazard flashers, the driver is required to make a lane change into a lane not adjacent to the disabled vehicle. If the driver is not able to make a lane change due to traffic conditions, he or she should reduce speed and proceed with caution. (Public Act 99-0681)

-State law has been clarified to indicate that a motorist must stop when encountering a school bus that is picking up or dropping off students in any location, not only on a public street. Based on the updated language of the law, a driver is required to stop for students entering or exiting a school bus not only on public highways and roadways, but also on private roads, parking lots, school property, and other locations that are not highways and roadways. (Public Act 99-0740)

-The fines for motorists who disregard the crossing signals at a railroad crossing have been increased to $500 for the first offense (from $250) and to $1,000 (from $500) for a second or subsequent violation. (Public Act 99-0663)

Interested in learning more about new laws for 2017? All new laws are posted online on the Illinois General Assembly’s Web site at www.ilga.gov. Visitors can click the “Public Acts” link to view each law’s full text.
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Merry Christmas to you and yours from Nova Driving School!
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Nova always welcomes the chance to spread the word about safe driving. Barrington High School’s Brian Thyfault, host of the TV show Thyfault Time, recently visited Nova to interview Classroom Instructor Brian Bartoz about tips for driving safely in winter weather conditions. Nova’s Brian Bartoz encouraged drivers to remember that “slow and steady wins the race” in snowy, low-traction conditions.

Nova thanks Brian Thyfault and his production team for taking the time to venture out to Nova (in a snowstorm, no less!) to talk about safe-driving techniques in winter weather.
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