"In Pennsylvania we're focused on ensuring when students graduate from high school they are college or career ready - financial literacy and practical life skills are important to helping students succeed when they leave high school," Rivera said. "Tools like Insurance 101 help demonstrate how every day choices can have a long term financial impact on a student's life."
"Financial literacy is vital for students to become productive citizens when they enter the workforce. Understanding how insurance works to protect their family and possessions, and learning how to shop for coverage, what insurance they need, and how to get the best coverage for the price, are important aspects of personal and business financial success," Commissioner Miller said.
The Insurance 101 lesson presents several scenarios high school students could encounter and shows how these could impact their car insurance rates. For example, the lesson shows how poor driving decisions, such as being distracted while changing radio stations or texting, and then hitting a parked car, can mean higher insurance rates.
In other scenarios in the lesson. students are given a choice of going out with friends after an extracurricular activity, or heading home to study. Going directly home results in extra study time and a good grade on a test, with that good grade contributing to the student's overall high grade point average, resulting in a reduction in auto insurance. Lower auto insurance premiums for good grades are not mandated, but many companies offer this discount.
"Insurance 101" is intended for high school teachers to use in such classes as Family and Consumer Science and Financial Literacy, where students learn to manage money in life situations they are likely to encounter in the next several years. The lesson was developed by the
The "Insurance 101" tools are available to every educator in
Information about auto insurance is available at www.insurance.pa.gov, under the Coverage tab, by clicking on Auto. Consumers with questions can contact the
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