Protect your teen drivers this summer

Posted by Scott Stueber on Jun 18, 2013 11:15:00 AM

If this is your first summer with a teen driver, it may be a stressful experience. While this new-found freedom does have its benefits, there is reason for concern.
 Many of us think winter months are the most dangerous for new teen drivers. While conditions may be adverse, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) data suggests that summer months (June, July, and August) have the highest number of teen driver fatalities. Why, you may ask? The answer is simple: Teens are out of school and spending more time on our roadways going to parties, work, friends’ homes, and joyriding.

Parental involvement is one key way you can help protect your teen drivers. Consider setting rules, signing a parent teen driving contract, and being a good example. If you drive distracted (texting, eating, grooming), you can expect your teens to do the same.

Another way to help protect them is to enroll them in Road America’s Teen Driving School sponsored by West Bend. The driving school teaches advanced skills not taught in driver’s education. These skills include:

1. Skid prevention and control;
2. ABS vs. threshold braking;
3. Collision avoidance maneuvers;
4. Car control fundamentals; and
5. Proper vision skills.

This program is conducted by professional driving instructors in a very safe environment. 

This program is offered several times during the year at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI. It runs from 9:00am to 4:00pm CST. To  register your teen driver, click here.

The program’s retail price is $250; however, because of West Bend’s sponsorship, the price is $80 for the general public and $50 for West Bend policyholders. If you’re a West Bend policyholder, you’ll need a promo code to receive the discounted price. Please select “Contact Us” at the top of this page and complete the form. Please include your policy number in the message box.

Topics: Distracted Driving, Teen Safety

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