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Allstate: Teen Drivers in Good Hands

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Insurance company issues parent-teen driving contract.

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Parent-teen driving contract is not a new idea. Many places have built these type of agreements before, but the question is, do they make a difference? Nearly 6,000 teenagers are killed in car crashes and about 300,000 are injured every year. Having a teen sign a contract stating "I will not be a risky driver" is like having a teenager sign a contract stating, "I will not date until I turn 30."  This contract however, specifies driving risks other than just drinking and speeding, such as music and number of passengers.  This contract is a good tool to remind our teens, and even us, of the many driving risks beyond drinking and speeding.

Allstate outlines key driving responsibilities and allows parents to map out consequences if those responsibilities are not met. We turned to Ellen from Massachusetts who has four teenagers on the road to see if she thinks this contract would be helpful in making her teens better drivers.

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"I tell my kids every day to drive slow and be careful, reminding them of the dangers. That's all you can do unless you want to follow them every time they get behind the wheel. This contract is just another reminder for kids - there are many things that can distract them and cause an accident. If it makes just one child a safer driver, then it is definitely worth it."

Check out the contract and tell us if you agree.


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1 comments so far | Post a comment now
mama_chita January 8, 2008, 11:40 AM

Where is the rest of the story? :)



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