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Protecting teen drivers: Amica shares safety tips

Teen driver fastening seat belt

10/25/2013

LINCOLN, RI - With National Teen Driver Safety Week upon us, it’s a good time for parents to once again stress to their children the importance of safe driving habits. That’s why Amica Insurance is sharing five tips to help keep teens out of harm’s way while they’re behind the wheel.

More than 5,000 teens, ages 16-20, are killed in passenger vehicle accidents each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). As a result, Amica is offering the following five tips from the NHTSA, which parents should share with their teen drivers:

• Absolutely avoid alcohol. Drivers ages 15-20 are far more likely to die in crashes involving alcohol, even though they are not allowed to purchase or possess it.
• Always wear a seat belt. Parents can set a good example by buckling their own seat belts whenever they get in the car.
• Allow only one passenger in the car at a time. Teens are often susceptible to peer pressure, so they will likely take more risks with their friends present.
• There should be no texting or cellphone use while behind the wheel. Texting requires taking your eyes off the road and at least one hand off the wheel.
• Have the car back in the driveway by 10 p.m. Driving late at night only increases the potential for a crash.

About Amica

Amica Mutual Insurance Company, the nation's oldest mutual insurer of automobiles, was founded in 1907. The company, with corporate headquarters in Lincoln, RI, is a national writer of automobile, homeowners, marine and personal umbrella liability insurance. Life coverage is available through Amica Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. Amica employs more than 3,200 employees in 40 offices across the country.

CONTACT: Vince Burks, Corporate Communications, 50 Amica Way,
Lincoln, RI 02865-1155, 800-652-6422, ext. 24563

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