The American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute (IIHS) have announced a new public education effort aimed at reducing teen fatalities. Now if you’re a parent and your teen is starting to drive, turn to this new resource for help in navigating this milestone. Navigate to Safety: Roadmaps for Parents of Teen Drivers is a series of guides that you can download. The guides include everything from choosing the right vehicle for your teen, to understanding state laws and setting appropriate rules. You can request a guide here.
“Driving carries extra risk for teenagers. Per mile driven, they are nearly 4 times as likely as drivers ages 20 and older to crash.” Explains David Harkey, president of IIHS. He also says, “Parents need clear information to help kids stay safe and develop good driving habits from the beginning. This program is designed to address the key risk factors and simplify some of the tough decisions parents face when it comes to their teen driver.”
The guide aims to prepare parents to support their teen drivers during their first years behind the wheel. Experts believe that helping teens develop responsible habits from the moment they begin to drive is key to creating a generation of safe drivers and in turn create safer roadways. In fact, they argue that instilling safe practices behind the wheel is just as important as seatbelts or airbags.
There are three roadmaps included in the guide. Each highlight key principles like choosing a vehicle, embracing safety technology and laying down the law.
Content provided by American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute (IIHS)