Teen Driving - A New Way To Keep Your Child Safe
The topic of teen driving always raises the question of safety. Auto accidents are the leading cause of death for children 15-20 years old. One of the main reasons for this is the part of the teenage brain that controls impulsive action is not fully developed until the age of 25. Therefore, even if you think your child is not at risk because he/she is responsible, there are clearly biological factors at play that influence driving safety. However, this does not mean that there is nothing you can do in order to make your teen's driving less dangerous. A driver monitoring program can help to create a safer, more responsible teenage driver.
While some parents choose to use a GPS tracking device in an effort to keep their teenage driver safe, there are other, more effective alternatives for improving teen driving. A driver monitoring program is not only cheaper, but it also more directly addresses unsafe driving practices. Tracking devices simply show you where your child is going and do not alert you to how your child is driving. Therefore, in terms of reducing poor behaviors, a driver monitoring program is much more effective. This sort of a program will allow you to give your child safe driving tips based on the reports you receive.
Many parents feel that drivers ed is sufficient for keeping their teenage driver safe on the road. However, there is no research showing this to be the case. Drivers education serves to teach technical skills to a new driver. While a driving class may impart a few general driving tips, it does not provide enough motivation or reinforcement in order to improve teen driving. Fortunately, the accountability that a driver monitoring program encourages can reduce accidents by as much as 50%.
A good example of a driver monitoring program that has proven to be effective is the "How's My Driving" program used by many trucking companies. By providing a phone number that anyone can call with reports of unsafe driving, the incidence of accidents and fatalities involving truckers has decreased significantly. Therefore, a program like this made for a teenage driver can produce similar results. Knowing that anyone can report unsafe driving practices at any time makes your teenage driver more aware of and responsible for their actions. Unlike a GPS tracking device or a basic driving class, a monitoring program encourages good behavior and reduces impulsivity, leading to much better, safer teen driving practices.
by: Troy Truman