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Talking candidly with your teen about safe driving habits

American Family's DreamBank to host free program Oct. 24

THE FACTS:

  • Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for kids aged 15-19.
  • Sixteen-year-old drivers have almost four times the crash rate of drives aged 20 to 24.
  • One in six teens is involved in a car crash in their first year of driving.
  • Eighteen percent of all teen motor vehicle crash fatalities in 2009 involved distracted driving.

These are frightening statistics for the parents of teenaged drivers.

WHAT CAN PARENTS DO: Many parents may not realize that one of the most important things they can do to assure that their teen reaches adulthood is to help their teens navigate their way to safe, independent driving. Take the first step and make plans to attend the Teen Safe Driver Program Panel discussion. Our panel of parents and teens discuss their first year of driving - the funny mishaps and the eye-opening learning moments experienced behind the wheel. The conversation is fueled by real video footage of their driving experiences aided by American Family Insurance's Teen Safe Driver Program.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Parents and teens should take the opportunity to spark a conversation about the privileges of safe driving. There will be an audience Q&A and an opportunity to learn more about how the program works.

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 24 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at DreamBank, One North Pinckney, Madison, WI 53703.

RSVP: http://www.amfam.com/dreambank/upcoming-events.asp.

Contact:

Sandra Spann
American Family Insurance
(608) 242-4100, ext. 32881

Based in Madison, Wis., American Family Insurance offers business insurance in 19 states. American Family Mutual Insurance Company is the nation's third-largest mutual property/casualty insurance company. Web: www.amfam.com; Facebook: www.facebook.com/amfam; Twitter: www.twitter.com/amfam. Google+ plus.google.com/+amfam/