Teen driver on your auto policy? Ease your worries and their risk.

With schools open and COVID restrictions eased, your teen is likely back on the road, which comes with its own set of worries. Travelers Insurance has a comprehensive site specifically for teen drivers and ways to lessen their risk on the road. From apps that give parents info about their child’s driving habits to topics to cover with a new driver, the site has many helpful ideas and the sobering statistics that show their importance:  https://www.travelers.com/resources/auto/teen-driving

Here are just a few of Travelers' suggestions to help young drivers:

  • Have your teen take a certified driver's education course. A teenager who has learned to drive through a recognized driver's education course may be viewed more favorably by insurers. (Ask your Fortify Group agent about another perk of driver’s ed: a premium discount. Students can also earn policy discounts for good grades: https://www.fortifygroup.net/about/general-news/good-student-good-news)

  • Look for apps in iPhone’s App Store or Android’s Google Play that can teach teens safe driving habits, such as monitoring speed, preventing texting while driving, and more.

  • Talk with your teen about the behaviors that often contribute to crashes, from alcohol and drug use to distracted driving. Buckling up EVERY time and avoiding the temptation to reach for items such as a cell phone or radio knob are equally important. 

And perhaps the most simple, but effective way to raise a safe driver needs no apps or links: Be a good role model. New drivers learn by example.


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