Helping to add a realistic twist to driver's education for students, New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Co. is providing driving simulators to 55 high schools across the state.
The full-cab model driving simulators provide "hands-on experience with challenging driving conditions that students might not face while practicing behind the wheel," including conditions that lead to accidents, according to a statement Friday by NJM.
Schools in the region that will receive the simulators include:
• Hammonton High School, Mainland Regional High School, and Oakcrest High School and St. Joseph's High School in Atlantic County;
• Middle Township High School in Cape May County; and
• Cumberland Regional High School, Memorial High School in Millville and Vineland High School in Cumberland County.
The $700,000 investment by the company coincides with its 100th anniversary, as well as a program that took place Friday morning. Several schools participated in the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey's Champion Schools Program, held in Freehold Township, in which a speaker told students how they survived an accident caused by a driver using a cell phone. The announcement about the simulators was made soon after by NJM President and CEO Bernie Flynn.
"In contemplating the best way to say 'thank you' to the people of New Jersey for giving us a home for 100 years, and to our policyholders who have entrusted us with their insurance needs, we could think of no better way than to provide resources that keep our young people, and all who travel our roadways, out of harm's way," Flynn said.
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