Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

August 22, 2013

A lesson on safety behind the wheel


The Andover Townsman

---- — Gary Jaffarian, president of Jaffarian Toyota Volvo Scion of Haverhill, visited with students at Andover Auto School recently to offer his perspective on texting and driving and other issues teenagers face when they’re behind the wheel.

Jaffarian emphasized many of the dangers of driving to the class of 36 young adults eager to get their drivers’ permits in the coming months.

He shared a survey that found 46 percent of teens admit to texting while driving, even though it is against the law, and offered statistics from the National Highway Safety Council and other sources on the importance of wearing seat belts to avoid being ejected from a car during a crash. He also highlighted studies that show an increase in accidents in young drivers directly proportionate to the number of people in the car.

In addition, Jaffarian highlighted ways teens can save for their first car and discussed the importance of a professional inspection before purchasing a pre-owned vehicle.

Jaffarian will likely be returning to the driving school this fall to talk to a new group of students. His fourth-generation family business, Jaffarian Volvo Toyota Scion in Haverhill, was founded in 1938.