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Teenage driving can be a frightening thought, especially in Massachusetts where we have a certain reputation with the rest of the country when it comes to our driving skills. However, a surprising statistic according to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association showed that although deaths among 16 and 17 year old drivers were up 11% in the first half of 2011 when compared to the same time in 2010, Massachusetts is one of few states that saw no increase in deaths. http://www.wggb.com/2012/02/16/teen-driving-in-massachusetts/

Perhaps a related factor could be that more students in Massachusetts earned a Driver’s Education Certificate in 2011 than 2010, according to the Registry of Motor Vehicles. Not only do these courses give young drivers the experience they need on the road to feel comfortable behind the wheel of the car, they also teach them basic driving facts such as at what speed the car will start to hydroplane, how far to stay behind a school bus, and many basic rules and regulations of the road. They show videos that illustrate the results of drunk driving, speeding, and reckless driving while also teaching students the legal and physical consequences of their actions behind the wheel. Teenagers under the age of 18 in Massachusetts are required to complete the course which involves 30 hours of classroom sessions, 12 hours of driving lessons and 6 hours of observations if they want their license.

This training gives teenagers the experience they need to build their confidence and knowledge before they start driving. Drivers under the age of 18 also have many more restrictions when it comes to operating a vehicle which can be found online at  the Massachusetts RMV http://www.mass.gov/rmv/jol/jol_penalties_chart.htm.  For even more information related to driving with teens check out our blog http://blog.massdrive.com/category/driving-with-kids/. When it comes to your teenager you can never be too careful, make sure they are fully prepared and have all of the resources they need before they start driving!

To be safe, make sure you have adequate auto insurance for teenagers. Call a MassDrive agent today to discuss the particulars of car insurance coverage for teenage drivers.