Protect your teen drivers this summer

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 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.

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West Bend Insurance offers another way to help protect them,  enroll them in Road America’s Teen Driving School sponsored by West Bend. Road America’s Teen Driving School is an advanced driving school that focuses on skills not taught in driver’s education, such as:

1. Skid prevention and control

2. ABS vs. threshold braking

3. Collision avoidance maneuvers

4. Car control fundamentals

5. Proper vision skills.

This program is conducted by professional driving instructors in a very safe environment. Participants are accompanied in the vehicle by a professional driving instructor who has access to emergency braking.

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 learn more about this program or to register your teen driver, visit Road America

If you aren’t traveling through Wisconsin any time soon, The Minnesota Safety Council offers a class specifically geared towards young drivers as well.

Alive at 25 Defensive Driving Course for Young Drivers

What is Alive at 25?

  • Vehicle crashes are the #1 cause of death for people between the ages of 16 and 24. This highly interactive, four-hour classroom program that builds skills and confidence among young drivers. Interactive media, discussions and role playing help young drivers take responsibility for their own driving behavior and develop strategies that will keep them safer on the road. Zeroes in on drivers between the ages of 16 and 24—the group most likely to be involved in fatal collisions—and targets the behaviors most often involved in young driver crashes: inexperience combined with the complexities of driving, driver distraction, risk-taking behavior and speeding.
  • Developed by the National Safety Council
  • Taught by professional traffic safety instructors, including Minnesota State Patrol and police officers
  • No driving and no test
  • Certificate of completion awarded

What Will I Learn?

  • Why Are We At Risk?Helps young adults face the facts: young adults are more likely to be hurt or killed in a vehicle crash.
  • You Be the Judge!Learn to recognize unnecessary risks, identify driving hazards and combat them.
  • Taking ControlHow to take control of the situation as the driver or passenger. How to avoid risky actions.
  • Taking Charge! Explore instances where you or other young drivers have lost control, and how to take charge of your actions.

For Dates and Course Schedules  click here: Alive at 25

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information and picture courtesy of West Bend, Road America, and the MN Safety Council

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