Mayfield, Ohio - With an overarching goal to create a safer driving experience for its customers, The Progressive Group of Insurance Cos. is offering a virtual driving experience to existing and potential customers across America. The carrier is teaming with Metro City Group, a Laguna Niguel, Calif., owner of a 68-foot multimedia-equipped tractor-trailer, to provide drivers with the chance to test their skills in practical behind-the-wheel driving situations in a safe, virtual environment. With their eyes on the road and their hands securely placed at the “nine” and “three” positions on the steering wheel, people who experience the Progressive Driving Skills Simulator will increase their knowledge of the rules of the road and be better equipped to handle any driving situation.  The driving course curriculum includes real-life situations--such as driving in high traffic, congested areas, through foggy or rainy weather or simply passing and yielding to other drivers--and the virtual technology system measures drivers' responses, reaction times, crash reduction techniques and general driving knowledge.  "The interactive experience of the Progressive Driving Skills Simulator gives people the chance to 'test drive' their skills in all types of driving situations, which we hope will prepare them for driving on the real--not virtual--road," said Progressive product manager Mike Storbeck from the company's headquarters in Mayfield, Ohio.  "Our objective has always been to redefine drivers education and provide a practical training program that gives people a chance to test, and practice, their skills in a safe, simulated environment," said Tim Albright, president of Metro City Group, owner of The Simulator. "We are looking forward to working with Progressive, and are sure that, together, we can make our roads safer and more enjoyable for everyone."  Over the next several months, the Progressive Driving Skills Simulator will travel to many local events in the Western United States, including Motor Trend Auto Shows, state fairs and other automotive industry-related events.  More information is available at www.progressive.com or www.streetsimulator.comSource: Progressive Group of Insurance Cos. 

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