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Gottlieb Memorial Hospital to offer AARP driving course

MELROSE PARK, Ill. (Aug. 14, 2014) – Our last winter was extreme and put many drivers’ skills to the test.  Now many Chicagoans can take a driving refresher course that can increase their driving skills and also lower their insurance rates before the snow flies.

“Driving is a privilege that most adults value the most and view as key to their independence,” said Janette Johns, activity director, Transitional Care Unit, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital. “Being a safe and competent driver not only safeguards the privilege of driving, but makes the roads safer for everyone."

Gottlieb Memorial Hospital is partnering with the AARP to offer a driving course from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 20, and Tuesday, Oct. 21, in the Gottlieb Professional Office Building Room F. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. The eight-hour course is taught in two consecutive four-hour sessions. To receive the completion certificate that potentially entitles the participant to an insurance discount, class must be attended both days.

Did You Know?

  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 35 percent of traffic violations for drivers older than age 55 are for a failure to yield the proper right of way.
  • Your hands should be placed in the 8 and 4 o’clock or 9 and 3 o’clock position on the steering wheel.
  • Vision starts to change at age 40 in ways that affect driving.
  • While driving, there should be 10 to 12 inches between your chest and the steering wheel.
  • You should remain three seconds or more behind the car you are following.
  • To earn an AARP course completion discount in Illinois, drivers have to be 55 to be eligible and it is up to the insurance company to determine the amount.
  • In 2013, 15,225 drivers participated in the course, which is offered in English and Spanish, throughout the U.S.

Approximately 80 percent of AARP course graduates report that taking the course has resulted in a positive change in their driving behavior.

To register for the course or for more information, please contact Janette Johns at (708) 538-4408.

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

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