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Free app offers teens safety driving tips

(KOLO)
Published: Jun. 18, 2018 at 8:30 AM PDT
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In the United States, the fatal crash rate per mile driven for 16- to 19-year-olds is nearly three times the rate for drivers ages 20 years and over, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The chance of fatal crashes among teens is especially high during the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day, also known as “The 100 Deadliest Days.”

As more young drivers take to the roads this summer, a free app called "Drivewise," created by Allstate, is designed to offer teens tips for safe driving behavior, while also providing parents peace of mind.

“Drivewise is a great program for both customers and their teenage drivers,” said Michelle Terelak, an Allstate agency owner in Reno. “The teen can learn safe driving habits from the app, and parents feel better knowing they have a tool that helps them coach their kids to be safer drivers, while also earning monetary rewards toward their policy.”

Drivewise uses telematics to personalize the auto experience by considering driving behaviors such as excessive speeding, braking quickly and what time of day you drive (i.e., during rush hour or late night).

The app is available for Android and Apple users.