Car + Crash = Basic Physics

Car + Crash = Basic Physics


WARWICK, RI—For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. That basic law of physics can lead to life and death situations as teenagers learn to drive. To improve teen driving and help students connect theory with reality, MetLife Auto & Home is making the program Understanding Car Crashes: It’s Basic Physics available free to high schools in Illinois. This program shows how basic physics concepts such as Newton’s Law, inertia, momentum and conservation relate to real life—especially the effect of physics on a teen’s automobile in motion.

“Over 7,000 teens lose their lives on America’s roadways each year. MetLife Auto & Home is working diligently to partner with parents and educators to ‘put the brakes’ on these numbers,” said Cathy Rein, president and CEO of MetLife Auto & Home. “We’re confident that the knowledge gained in the classroom from this program will result in greater understanding of the importance of safe driving when students get behind the wheel,” added Jim Gulbrantsen, a field sales director within the state of Illinois.

Understanding Car Crashes: It’s Basic Physics, which includes a video and teacher/student guide, is available free to area high schools by calling 1-800-638-5433 (1-800-MET-LIFE) or by visiting a local MetLife Auto & Home representative. The company also offers free materials to parents and teens, including: “Teaching Your Teen to Drive Without Driving Each Other Crazy,” an excellent companion guide for the supervised drives often required by graduated licensing laws; and a video, “Young Drivers: The High Risk Years.”

To further encourage safe teen driving habits, the company also provides financial incentives to its Illinois customers:

• A $50 cash reward for each year a teen drives without accident, claim or violation.

• A $100 U.S. Savings Bond to teens logging 20 drives with a parent or guardian in the co-pilot seat.

MetLife has helped foster excellence in education by sponsoring the National Principal of the Year Award for the past decade and by presenting the teacher’s voice to policymakers and the public through its annual Metropolitan Life Survey of the American Teacher.

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