Car Insurance Co. Showcases Driving Simulator at Conference

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Auto insurance provider AAA recently used its distracted-driving simulator to demonstrate the debilitating effects of in-car distractions for attendees of the “Students Leading Students” state conference in Michigan.

According to AAA, a disturbingly high rate of teenagers engage in risky driving behaviors, such as texting while driving and driving drunk, and the insurer aims to educate students of the dangers of these practices through use of the simulators.

“These driving simulators were a great visual tool for our students to see how important it is to pay close attention to driving behind the wheel,” said Pam Voss-Page, the director of Student Leadership Services, which hosted the event. “Many of our teen participants said they would be safer drivers now, knowing how distractions can lead to dangerous consequences.”

Although the annual number of 16- and 17-year-old drivers  involved in fatal accidents has declined in recent years, AAA points out that car crashes remain the leading cause of death for 15- to 20-year-old high school students.

Because of those statistics, auto insurance for teenagers is often much more costly than for drivers with more experience.

In a step forward for Michigan’s youngest drivers, the governor signed into law this week new, stricter requirements for when and under what circumstances a beginning motorist can drive unsupervised.

About John Pirro
John Pirro is a licensed fire and casualty insurance agent specializing in various aspects of the auto insurance industry. He worked in the auto body repair industry before taking a reporting position at Online Auto Insurance News.

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