Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Improve driving skills, save money with the AARP Driving Course at Gottlieb

MELROSE PARK, Ill. (April 16, 2014) – The extreme winter put many driver’s skills to the test and for some, identified an area for improvement. Now many Chicagoans can take a driving refresher course to increase their driving skills and also lower their insurance rates.

“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 AARP to offer a 9 a.m.-1 p.m. driving course on Monday, April 21, and Tuesday, April 22, in the Professional Office Building room E, 675 W. North Ave, in Melrose Park. 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 may entitle the participant to an insurance discount, depending on the carrier, the 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 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 changes that affect driving start at age 40.
  • While driving, there should be 10 to 12 inches between your chest and the steering wheel.
  • You should allow a space of three seconds or more behind the car you are following.

Drivers have to be 55 to be eligible for an AARP course completion discount in Illinois, and it is up to the insurance company to determine the amount.

In 2013, the AARP driving course had 15,225 participants and it was offered in English and Spanish.

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) 681-3200 ext. 2408.

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.