Thursday, August 14, 2014

Improve driving skills and save money, too

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.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.