The John Scott and Dale Rifenberg Insurance Agencies Hope to Spread Safe Driving Habits in Honor of Teen Driving Awareness Month

The John Scott and Dale Rifenberg Insurance Agencies remind local families about the importance of teaching teens safe driving habits this month.

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Focus on the three major driving errors that teens make that lead to accidents. Learning how to properly manage speed, especially in various weather conditions such as rain or snow, is a crucial factor in safe driving techniques.

Dowagiac, MI (PRWEB) January 15, 2014

According to TeenDriverSource.org, a recent study shows that 2/3 of serious car crashes involving teenage drivers were a result of a critical driver error. Three errors were made the most, including driving too fast for the conditions of the road, driving while distracted, or not realizing a hazard while on the road. These errors, while fatal in many situations, could all be prevented through improved driving habits and increased awareness of the dangers of unsafe driving.

Car accidents are the leading cause of death of teenagers. In order to spread more awareness about this major issue, The John Scott and Dale Rifenberg Insurance Agencies have released some tips to help families and teens practice safe driving habits, and understand the importance of following these techniques consistently.

  • Parents should be proactive about teaching their children proper and safe driving techniques. Don’t make the mistake of leaving the teaching completely up to driving instructors or driver’s education teachers. Parents should spend as much time as possible behind the wheel with their teens, and should feel completely confident in their driving abilities before the teen is allowed to get his or her driver’s license.
  • Focus on the three major driving errors that teens make that lead to accidents. Learning how to properly manage speed, especially in various weather conditions such as rain or snow, is a crucial factor in safe driving techniques.
  • Since distracted driving is a huge issue for teens today, focus on teaching them the dangers of using cell phones, looking through the glove box, or doing other things while driving that could seriously distract them and lead to an accident.
  • Recognizing and reacting to hazards is necessary in order to avoid accidents and other roadside emergencies. Teens need to learn how to accurately scan the road ahead of them in order to see and react to any hazards, such as a fallen tree, debris in the road, water completely covering the road, or another potentially dangerous situation as soon as possible.
  • Make sure that teens are aware of at least the basic workings of the car they will be driving. For example, they should know how to turn the headlights on and off, open the hood, etc.
  • Practice defensive driving techniques with teens, which force teens to be completely aware of their surroundings while on the road.

Following tips such as these can help keep local Michigan teens safer while driving. Unfortunately, not all accidents or damages are preventable. That’s why it’s also crucial to make sure that families find the proper auto insurance for their teens. Some families may even qualify for discounts based off of their teen’s grades, driving record, or their car’s safety features.

About The John Scott and Dale Rifenberg Insurance Agencies:

John Scott Insurance Agency was established in 1960 as a small family agency, and has been growing ever since. In August, 2013 the agency acquired Dale Rifenberg Insurance, another family-run business. Now under the names John Scott and Dale Rifenberg Insurance Agencies, the team has been successfully developing long-term relationships with many reputable insurance carriers, in order to customize insurance solutions for their customers at competitive prices. The agents of the John Scott and Dale Rifenberg Insurance Agencies are truly passionate about what they do, and are completely committed to fulfilling the insurance needs of each and every customer. Working with businesses and residents across Michigan, the John Scott and Dale Rifenberg Insurance Agencies have the experience and hands-on attention that customers are looking for.


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