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Keep your teen safe on the road

Nov 07, 2013

Teenagers are nearly five times more likely to be involved in a crash. In fact, one out of every 11 licensed teenaged drivers will be involved in a reported auto mishap. Don’t let your teenager become a statistic. Teaching safe driving do’s and don’ts can make a difference.

Tips for Teens

  • Do wear a seatbelt. Make sure you and your passengers wear your seat belts. It’s not only the law, it saves lives.
  • Do drive the speed limit. Speed-related crashes cause millions of dollars of damage and hundred of deaths each year. Anticipate delays and leave early.  You’ll avoid a speeding ticket which could raise your insurance rates.
  • Don’t text while driving. Texting, talking on cell phones, fiddling with the radio, eating, and day-dreaming are deadly distractions. Focus on your driving and the road ahead. Check your mirrors frequently.
  • Don’t drink and drive. Your driving skills are impaired with your first drink – so don’t start. Even if you feel in control, you’re not. If alcohol is consumed on an empty stomach, it can reach your brain in two minutes. It’s impossible to judge what your functioning level might be. More than 25% of drivers under 21 killed on the roadways have a blood alcohol content of .10 or higher.
  • Don’t make assumptions. The only thing you can assume about another car with a turn signal on is that their turn signal is on. It may not be turning at all. Don’t pull out in front of a car unless you are sure they are turning.


Check the Insurance Information Institute for more tips to keep your teenage driver safe and your teen’s insurance rates low.



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