WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 10, 2010 – Homecoming season can be a dangerous time for new teen drivers – they’ll be on the road after dark, maybe for the first time, driving to school dances and football games. This is when the crash risk among teenage drivers is particularly high – during their first months of driving solo. This is a good time for parents to remind their teens to avoid distractions.
As your teen heads out the door this year, GEICO offers these simple tips to help stay safe on the road:
- Cell phones are for emergency use only on the road — if you have to use your phone, pull safely over to the side of the road.
- Absolutely NO texting.
- Limit your passengers — the risk of fatal crashes increases with every additional passenger.
- Stay focused while driving — avoid distractions such as loud music, eating or interacting too much with friends.
- ALWAYS wear your safety belt.
- Underage drinking and drug use is illegal — driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can cost you your license – or even your life.
For more information on teens and safe driving, go to geicoteendriving.com. GEICO’s teen driving site is a resource portal for parents and teens to keep the discussion moving forward and to learn the latest safety tips and recommendations from the traffic and highway safety experts. GEICO’s Auto Safety Garage is a warehouse of information, to download materials or order them for free from GEICO.
GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the third-largest private passenger auto insurance company in the United States. GEICO provides millions of auto insurance quotes to U.S. drivers annually. The company is pleased to serve more than 11 million private passenger customers and insures more than 18 million vehicles (auto & cycle).
GEICO's online service center helps policyholders take care of policy sales, policy changes, claims reporting and to print insurance ID cards.
GEICO also provides insurance quotes on motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), travel trailers and motorhomes (RVs). Coverage for boats, life, homes and apartments is written by non-affiliated insurance companies and is secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Commercial auto insurance and personal umbrella protection are also available.
For more information, go to www.geico.com.