MassDOT Secretary Davey and Registrar Rachel Kaprielian recently announced the availability of a new free guide for parents of teen drivers in Massachusetts. While the free booklet is available for parents and teens at any of the RMV locations throughout the Commonwealth, Agency Checklists wanted agents to know that an online version of the booklet The Parent’s Supervised Driving Guide is available for download on Safety’s website. https://www.safetyinsurance.com/driversafety/parents_driving_guide.html. An online version also is available on the Safe Roads Alliance website. http://www.saferoadsalliance.org/.
More importantly, as most teens nowadays have some sort of mobile device, be sure to let your clients know that the Safety website also has an epub version of this guide for the iPhone, iPad, Nook and Kindle.
“The Parent’s Supervised Driving Guide” was created through a partnership between Safe Roads Alliance, a not-for-profit advocate for highway safety, Safety Insurance and the RMV. The Guide encourages both parents and teens to drive in a variety of different weather conditions and unfamiliar settings and is divided into 11 sections highlighting the different driving skills needed in order to be a safe and successful driver. These include parking, backing up, city and highway driving and weather conditions. The guide also includes a ledger in which to log in a teen’s required driving hours and skills covered along with the time and weather conditions. Additional guidance for parents and teens alike is provided in the form of tips for inexperienced drivers such as “Crash Avoidance Skills” and “Teens’ Biggest Dangers.”
“As young people across Massachusetts learn to drive our roadways with obvious excitement, I hope the availability of ‘The Parent’s Supervised Driving Guide’ will ease some of the stress and concern often experienced by the parents and guardians of new drivers,” said Secretary Davey.
RMV Rachel Kaprielian added, “Parents are key to ensuring that their teens develop good driving skills under all types of weather, traffic, and roadway conditions, explained the Registrar. “This partnership allows us to get this information into the hands of every parent.”
Safety Insurance sees its sponsorship of the Guide as a no-brainer. “One in five teenage drivers is involved in a crash in their first year of driving. Safety’s priority remains keeping our roads safe for all drivers and we aspire to make the transition for parents of young drivers easier. This unique guide arms parents and teens with an incredibly useful tool,” said George Murphy, vice president of marketing for Safety Insurance.
Adds, Jeff Larson, President of Safe Roads alliance, “This program has the added benefit of reminding parents how to drive safely. The program helps two generations; it’s never too late to learn.”
Again, free hard copies of the guide will be available at any RMV location in the Commonwealth, but this is also a great opportunity for you to reach out to your insureds either by sending them an email, providing copies for them or by simply telling them about how they can get their own copy either online or at the RMV.