NJM Offers Tips to Help Parents Increase Teen Driver Safety This Graduation SeasonMay 23, 2017
WEST TRENTON, NJ — NJM Insurance Company is encouraging parents to take an active role in reducing teen driver accidents this graduation season.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, automobile crashes are the leading cause of death among teenagers ages 15 to 19. Studies show there is an even higher risk of fatalities during graduation season when teens are celebrating. Parents who actively discuss and monitor teen driver safety with their young drivers can help reduce that risk by as much as 50 percent.
Five Ways Parents Can Help Keep Their Teens Safe on the Road
- Limit the number of friends your teen will have in the car. A teen's crash risk is significantly higher when driving with more than one passenger.
- Remind your teen to buckle up every time he or she gets into a car, as a driver or a passenger. Seat belts are proven to save lives.
- Encourage your teen to concentrate on the road and just drive. Distracted driving is responsible for 42 percent of teen crashes.
- Discuss the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Help your teen understand the dangers and legal ramifications of impaired driving.
- Assure your teen that it’s okay to contact you if he or she is concerned about driving, or riding as a passenger with someone else who may be impaired or behaving recklessly.
About NJM Insurance Company
NJM Insurance Company is the Garden State's second largest writer of personal auto insurance, covering more than 800,000 drivers. The Company has earned national recognition for its Teen Driver Safety Program, which is offered at no cost to high schools in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. To learn more, visit www.njm.com/teen-driver-safety.