Liberty Mutual (Boston) announced on Monday that it has launched a new Web site to help facilitate responsible driving conversations between parents and teens. The new site, www.LibertyMutualTeenDriving.com, features several online tools designed to spark such family discussions, according to a carrier press release.
A "Family Ground Rules" tool provides a framework for parents and teens to set and agree to specific rules around key safe driving issues such as speeding, the number of passengers in the car, cell phone usage, texting while driving and curfews.
The "Car Scheduler" tool, meanwhile, enables teens to request a date and time when they would like to borrow the car. Teens are prompted to review driving ground rules before submitting a request. The site also features a 10-question driving quiz.
"Nearly 60 percent of high school students say their parents are the biggest influence on their driving," Dave Melton, a driving safety expert with the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety, said in the press release. "Open communication about responsible driving makes teens more confident on the road and parents more comfortable with entrusting their teens with the family car."
The Web site also provides resources such as tips for parents on how to talk to teens about driving distractions as well as and alcohol and drug use; video demonstrations of safe driving techniques; state-by-state teen driving laws; individual car safety scores; and tips on buying and caring for a car. In addition, visitors to the site can access an exclusive 50 percent discount for teens to take the National Safety Council's online defensive driving course.