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Category Archives: Chicago driving

Lakeview: Chicago’s Car Alarm Complaint Capital

The numbers are in and the Lakeview is the uh…winner.

DNA Info reports that the Northside neighborhood registered far and away more car alarm complaints than any other area of the city according to data obtained through a Freedom of Information request.

Lakeview’s Town Hall police district notched 1,662 complaints in 2013 and 2014 blowing away second place Rogers Park with 773 complaints and Logan Square which came in third place with 715 complaints.

Pothole Artist Launches Kickstarter Campaign To Fund More Projects

"Daffodil" a pothole mosaic by Jim Bachor--in the 100 block of N. Ada.

“Daffodil” a pothole mosaic by Jim Bachor–in the 100 block of N. Ada.

While canvas is the medium of choice for most artists, Chicago artist Jim Bachor does some of his best work on potholes.

Bachor has achieved fame repairing potholes on the city’s crumbling streets using cement and colored mosaic tiles to create works of art perhaps more suitable for a gallery wall.

Driver Ticketed For ‘Driving While Eating” In Georgia

“You can’t just go down the road eating a hamburger,” a police officer told a driver in Cobb County Georgia while issuing him a ticket under the state’s distracted driver law there.

The driver was scarfing down a quarter pounder with cheese from McDonald’s and was told by the officer he had observed him eating the burger while following him for two miles according to WSB-TV in Atlanta.

The officer wrote “eating while driving” in the comments section of the ticket.

Sun-Times Profiles Chicago’s Resident Street Sign Expert

Steven J. Bahnsen hates bad street signs signs.

And while Bahnsen is arguably, the most knowledgeable expert on traffic signs in the entire state, he curiously doesn’t work for CDOT or IDOT.

63rd Street Bridge Closes Monday For 10 Months Of Repair Work

Detour signScheduled repair work on the 63rd St. Bridge will close the span over the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-94) to all traffic starting Monday, January 12th according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The bridge is undergoing major repair work which will take about 10 months to finish.

IDOT says there will be daily lane closures on nearby Wentworth Ave. and Yale St. and expressway motorists should expect nightly lane closures until the end of October 2015.

The 63rd St. Bridge serves as a major conduit for the South Side neighborhoods surrounding the area. Area drivers should follow the detour signs and take the suggested detour routes.

More Tips For Starting Your Car In Sub-Zero Temps

Jumper cablesIt’s brutally cold in Chicago tonight–an appropriate evening for passing on advice to insure you won’t need your jumper cables to start your car tomorrow morning–no matter how cold it gets.

Keep The Gas Tank Full

A little internet research tells us that empty gas tanks are more prone to having water in the gas lines. That’s because when left empty, condensation will form on the inner walls of the metal tank. The condensation will drip into the gas lines and possibly freeze in freezing temperatures and keep the gas from flowing to the engine.

Adding a bottle of gas line anti-freeze/gas treatments like Heet, during painfully cold weather may also be a good idea to keep your fuel lines from freezing.

So, like your dad told you–keep your tank full.

Use Thinner Motor Oil During The Winter

Tips For Drivers To Survive Chicago’s Cold Winter Weather

Add some Heet or other products which keep your fuel lines from freezing up in this cold weather.

Add some Heet or other products which keep your fuel lines from freezing up in this cold weather.

I was reminded last night while standing in sub-zero weather pouring a bottle of Heet into my wife’s car, we haven’t posted our annual “get your car ready for winter” story. It’s belated–for which we sincerely apologize.

Here’s some tips and reminders to make sure your car starts on the coldest mornings and you get from here to there and back safely.

Keep Your Gas Tank Full

The first thing I did was top off each vehicle’s gas tank. Keeping your tank at least half full or more will make starting your car on mornings easier on your battery.

Use Fuel Line Anti-Freeze Treatment

New Driving Laws Ring In 2015 For Illinois

Gavel Lawbook A handful of new state laws will make it easier on drivers cited for speeding and traffic violations and allow higher speeds on the tollways and perhaps Chicago expressways in the near future.

Here are a few of the changes to driving laws that will impact Chicago motorists:

Driver’s Keep Their License With New “Sign & Drive” Law

Drivers know the drill.

Getting pulled over and ticketed for speeding or other minor traffic infractions meant giving Officer Friendly a driver’s license as bond.

But not anymore.

Read more at DNA Info Chicago.

Driving Tips For A Safe New Year’s Eve

The best advice for drivers on New Year’s Eve?

Don’t drive!

Go ahead and pop that champagne cork tonight, but perhaps the best strategy to make sure you get home safely is to leave the car at home this evening.

New Year’s Eve is notoriously one of the most dangerous nights to drive, for obvious reasons. In addition, anytime you mix alcohol and driving, motorists are at risk for DUI.

Last year the Illinois Department of Transportation says seven people were killed and 263 injured in motor vehicle crashes over the New Year’s Eve holiday.

People residing in the city proper have many alternatives to driving themselves.

City Clerk Debuts Online Residential Permit Parking Map

A screen shot of the City Clerk's new RPP zone map.

A screen shot of the City Clerk’s new RPP zone map.

Chicago drivers now have a new data resource to help them navigate city streets and avoid parking tickets–an online map of the city’s residential permit parking (RPP) zones.

Thursday, at the 1871 technology incubator located within the Merchandise Mart, City Clerk Susana Mendoza announced the launch of the map of all 1,429 residential permit parking zones located within the city limits. RPP zones cover 20% of all residential streets and more than 200,000 RPP permits were issued to vehicles this past year according to the Clerk’s office.

Mendoza explained Chicago residents were always asking for a map listing all the permit zones, but the data changed so frequently and quickly any published book would become obsolete almost immediately. She also recognized that motorists sought the data to try to avoid a $75 parking ticket if they parked on the wrong block.