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seat-belt-teen-graphic-2018May is Global Youth Traffic Safety Month, which was established in 2007 by the National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The designation serves as a great reminder to instill safe driving techniques into our day-to-day lives.

Summer is right around the corner, and it is imperative to keep our youth safe while traveling. MassDOT and MAPFRE Insurance work diligently to ensure the safety of Massachusetts residents and aim to make the roads safer for everyone. According to NHTSA, however, traffic crashes are still the number one killer of teens– ahead of all other types of injuries, diseases or violence.

With the summer season being the deadliest for youths on the road, we offer a few ways that you can contribute to youth traffic safety. When your teen hits the road, make sure they’re as prepared as can be for the realities of driving. By joining the conversation, you can help prevent teen drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists from tragic accidents. Parents should set good examples for our children and teens when it comes to roadway safety. Talking the talk is no longer sufficient; we need to practice what we preach. To advance the effort, NHTSA suggests Rules for the Road for teens:

  • No Cell Phones While Driving
  • No Speeding
  • No Drowsy Driving
  • No Passengers
  • No Alcohol
  • Always Buckle Up

Parents and teens can rest assured that help is out there in the event of an incident on the highway. MAPFRE proudly sponsors the MassDOT Highway Assistance Program which assists by fixing minor mechanical problems and flat tires, plus providing gas and more. The Highway Assist Patrol drivers monitor some of the state’s busiest highways and turnpikes around Metro Boston, Worcester, Springfield & Cape Cod (seasonal) Monday through Friday during the peak hours of 6:00AM- 10:00AM and 3:00PM-7:00PM. We hope our continued support of this vital program along with friendly reminders about teen driving safety will result in a safe, fun summer for all Massachusetts drivers.

Written By Patrick McDonald, CPCU, CEO, Northeast Region, MAPFRE Insurance

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