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We often talk about the dangers of technology in the car, from cell phones to built-in infotainment systems, but when it comes to teen drivers, technology isn’t all bad.
The main concern for parents is distraction; your teen driver being distracted by a text, a call, a social media post or something similar while behind the wheel. These are legitimate concerns; 58% of teens involved in crashes are distracted. But when technology is used appropriately, it can also be a lifesaver and a strong partner in keeping your teen driver safe. The key is using the right technology in the right ways.
Here are four ways technology can help protect your teen driver:
The best technology options for you and your teen could be a combination of tools, but the most important part is being open with your teen about using them. Just as you want to trust your teen driver to be safe on the road, he or she must trust you in order to respect and follow the safety rules you set.
DriveitHOME™ is an initiative of the National Safety Council, designed by and for parents of newly licensed teen drivers. DriveitHOME™ offers free resources parents can use to help their teen build experience to become safer drivers.