LINCOLN, R.I. (PRWEB) November 14, 2014
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), teen drivers are twice as likely to get into car accidents as adults. However, when you add texting into the mix, teens are 23 times more likely to crash than non-texting drivers.
The NHTSA also reports that the average time eyes are off the road when sending a text while driving is five seconds. That’s why, as part of National Teen “Don’t Text and Drive” Week, Amica Insurance is sharing the following safety tips:
- Encourage teens to turn cellphone notifications off. If they can’t see or hear their phone go off, they will be less tempted to pick it up.
- Start a new rule: While driving, cellphones go in the backseat or another spot where they cannot be reached.
- Lend the phone to a passenger in the car and have them do the texting if an immediate response is necessary.
- Download an app that will temporarily disable the phone while driving. They can use it again upon arriving at their destination.
About Amica Insurance
Amica Mutual Insurance Co., the nation’s oldest mutual insurer of automobiles, was founded in 1907. The company, based in Lincoln, Rhode Island, is a national writer of auto, home, marine and umbrella insurance. Life coverage is available through Amica Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. Amica employs more than 3,300 people in 44 offices across the country. For more information, visit Amica.com.
CONTACT: Vince Burks, Corporate Communications, 50 Amica Way, Lincoln, RI 02865-1155, 800-652-6422, ext. 24563
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