Monitoring Devices Allow Parents to Keep Eye on Teen Driving
One of the terrifying aspects of parenthood, perhaps only second to becoming one, is the moment your child gets behind the wheel on their own. According to the National Safety Council, half of all teen drivers will be involved in a crash before they graduate from high school. With such a daunting statistic, parents are left in a state of perpetual worry, wondering what their options are for safeguarding their children.
While accidents will, unfortunately, continue to happen, the good news is that there are ways to reduce the threat. A study, published in the journal Pediatrics, concludes that teens are half as likely to get into accidents if their parents set rules and support them. Additionally, automotive manufacturers have stepped up to the plate in recent years to provide ways for parents to monitor and even control their teens driving habits. Included in newer vehicles, the most basic systems allow parents to control driving time and speed, while more advanced systems allow the establishment of ‘geo-fence’ boundaries that restrict movement. Regardless of the method, it’s clear that manufacturers are serious about improving teen driving safety going forward.
However, these improvements are limited to newer vehicles, leaving parents with older vehicles to find alternative solutions to the problem. Third-party apps have been developed to fill this particular niche, allowing parents greater flexibility when managing their young drivers. Some of these aftermarket solutions are physical devices that connect directly to the vehicle. These devices monitor driver behavior and produce daily reports, mapping and sometimes even insurance discounts. The information provided by these devices is pretty extensive but can come at a price. It’s not unusual for these units to have an initial expense followed by a continual monthly fee for the life of the unit. These options, such as MotoSafety and Zubie, connect directly into a vehicle’s diagnostic system and report information via email or app.
Naturally, teens aren’t crazy about their every move being monitored, which is why some of these options include additional features that make the process more palatable to the teenager in question. Some options, like Zubie and Delphi Connect, also include 4G Wi-Fi through a wireless provider. The inclusion of these features comes at a cost, but it can be worth it for the cooperation of the driver.
While the devices mentioned so far are feature-rich, their cost can be a limiting factor. Additionally, the extensive amount of data they produce is not desirable for all users, especially parents that just want to ensure their child sticks to the basics. In these instances, app-only monitoring can be an ideal solution. One such app, RoadReady Family, can provide similar functionality to its wired counterparts without all of the equipment and at a fraction of the cost.
Regardless of the route parents decide to take, it’s clear that monitoring can make a difference. At the very least, it provides a little peace of mind, and that is something every parent could use a little more of.