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Teen Driver Safety Week

 

 

 

Guest Blog Written By Patrick McDonald, CPCU, AIM, AIS
Executive Vice President – Business & Clients
MAPFRE Insurance

At MAPFRE Insurance, we know that automobile crashes are the leading cause of injury for teens. Newly licensed Massachusetts teen drivers need extra care, support and guidance before getting behind the wheel, and we encourage all residents to take extra precaution during the upcoming National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 18-24.

National Teen Driver Safety Week is the perfect opportunity to take an additional step toward raising awareness about the importance of teen driver safety initiatives. This year’s theme is ‘Avoid the Regret, Avoid Impaired Driving.’ Research shows that teens understand that they are vulnerable and are well aware of many risks that affect safety. One of the major factors that increases the risk of a crash is impaired driving, which not only includes alcohol or drug use, but also distraction, fatigue and strong emotions.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, “In a national survey conducted in 2013, 22% of teens reported that, within the previous month, they had ridden with a driver who had been drinking alcohol. Among students who drove, 10% reported having driven after drinking alcohol within the same one-month period.” Immaturity leads to speeding and other risky habits, and inexperience means teen drivers often don’t recognize or know how to respond to hazards. These disquieting statistics show the need for further driver education and programs designed to curb teen accidents and highway deaths.

MAPFRE Insurance is proud to be a part of the effort to help teens become safer drivers. As a sponsor of the MassDOT Highway Assistance Patrol, MAPFRE Insurance helps to promote highway safety and provide assistance to stranded motorists of all ages on Massachusetts highways. We have supported this MassDOT initiative for more than a dozen years because we understand the difference it can make for all drivers. We applaud the MassDOT Highway Assistance Patrol’s continued efforts to reduce traffic delays, traffic congestion and secondary accidents. Safety is a priority for MAPFRE, and supporting this vital service fits our mission. Parents may feel more confident in their teen’s safety on the Commonwealth’s most traveled highways knowing that the MassDOT Highway Assistance Patrol sponsored by MAPFRE Insurance is there.

Certainly, the focus on teen driver safety should not be limited to one week in October. We believe in generating ongoing conversations surrounding efforts to make our roadways safer for everyone. National Teen Driver Safety Week may be focused on teen driver education and safety, but it also serves as an important reminder for every driver to take a moment to focus on safety. You can do your part- Don’t text and Drive!

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