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Technology is a part of daily life – for our kids and us. It has certainly made its way into our cars, too. Some of this technology can be distracting and dangerous. Some of it can help us while we driving and potentially save lives.
One of the most common questions asked of DriveitHOME and the National Safety Council is “What app or device gives me the best overview of what’s going on when my teen is driving, even if I’m not in the car?”
As with safety technology, monitoring technology is a tool to assist, not replace, your involvement. Spending at least 30 minutes every week as a passenger, practicing with your teen driver for the first year is still the best thing parents can do to reduce their child’s crash risk. Monitoring technology should be way to open conversations, which leads us to our next point:
One of the larger issues around this technology is the level of trust between parent and teen. Some parents worry about “spying” on their kids. As always, you need to make the best choices for your family, but we encourage parents to be open about using monitoring technology and talk with your teen about it. Using “gotcha” tactics probably isn’t going to start any conversations. If you find out your teen has been speeding, use the technology to talk about it and correct the problem.
We need to note that DriveitHOME and the National Safety Council do not endorse any specific app, hardware or auto manufacturer. There are many solutions out there that are constantly being updated and joined by new products. Get more background information and a running list of providers and manufacturers.
If you are an app developer or hardware provider, we cannot endorse or help market your product, but we may be able to offer you input and feedback on best practice features. Please contact [email protected] or [email protected] for more details.
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.
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