Nearly all states have enacted graduated driver’s licensing laws, requiring parents to spend many hours in the passenger’s seat with their teens behind the wheel. For parents and teens alike, the prospect may sound as pleasant as a root canal, but it’s possible to make the experience relatively pain-free, according to Cathy Rein, president and CEO of MetLife Auto & Home.
“Parents have good reason to be concerned when their child approaches them asking for the keys to the car, because almost 6,000 teens lose their lives on America’s roadways each year. However, teaching good safety habits is the key to ‘putting the brake’ on these numbers. That’s why MetLife Auto & Home is partnering with parents to promote driver safety,” said Rein.
The company offers a series of programs, including free handbooks and videos, and cash and bond awards, that can help teen drivers develop good habits from the start.
The rationale behind a graduated driver’s licensing law (GDL) is simple: just as a toddler is not expected to run a marathon, new drivers need to learn the basics, and be provided with some guidance, before they can progress to more complex situations behind the wheel. Studies have proven that crash rates decline when new drivers are given a gradual introduction to driving.
To help teens establish good driving habits, MetLife Auto & Home offers free materials: a guide called “Teaching Your Teen to Drive (Without Driving Each Other Crazy)” and a video entitled “Young Drivers: The High Risk Years.” In many states, it offers two safe driving programs for its teen customers: “Sunday Drive,” which allows beginning drivers to earn a $100 U.S. Savings Bond by logging 20 drives with a parent co-pilot; and “Drive Safe & Cash In,” which offers teens $50 for each year they drive with no accidents, violations, or claims. The free material is available by calling 1-800-MET-LIFE (1-800- 638-5433).
MetLife Auto & Home is a brand of Metropolitan Property and Casualty Insurance Company and its affiliates, Warwick, RI.
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