Nationwide Insurance Launches SmartRide Program for Teens and Parents

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In time for National Youth Traffic Safety Month, Nationwide Insurance has launched SmartRide(SM), a comprehensive teen driver program. The program empowers teens and parents and provides the right tools and resources to help teens become smarter and safer drivers. This is particularly important since automobile crashes are the leading cause of death among American teens.

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Teen drivers are disproportionately involved in car accidents in the United States

    Developed in association with the National Safety Council, SmartRide(SM) is an online learning and coaching program designed to better prepare teen drivers for the road ahead. Participants completing the program could also save up to five percent on their teen's auto insurance in areas where applicable.

"Teen drivers are disproportionately involved in car accidents in the United States," said Bill Windsor, associate vice president of safety at Nationwide. "Nationwide SmartRide(SM) offers families extraordinary access to information and tools that will help young drivers become smart drivers."

The importance of smart driving knowledge is significant. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, automobile crashes are the leading cause of death among American teens.

"At Nationwide, we are committed to ensuring roadway safety for all drivers," said Windsor. "To save the lives of young people and protect others on the road, we must equip young drivers with the knowledge necessary to reduce the risks that lead to accidents."

For more information about teen driving and the SmartRide(SM) program, please visit http://www.nationwidesmartride.com.

Nationwide, based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the world, with more than $161 billion in assets. Nationwide ranks #108 on the Fortune 500 list. The company provides a full range of insurance and financial services, including auto, motorcycle, boat, homeowners, life, commercial insurance, administrative services, annuities, mortgages, mutual funds, pensions, long-term savings plans and health and productivity services. For more information, visit http://www.nationwide.com.

Nationwide, the Nationwide Framemark and On Your Side are federally registered service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. SmartRide is a service mark of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company.

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