(GPS Systems on Teenage Drivers)
I don’t mean to be the overbearing father of a teenage driver, however, I did some research on possibly installing a GPS System on teenage driver vehicles.
Here is what I found:
Fact: Research has shown that teenagers don’t drive safely for fear of crashing, but rather for fear of getting a ticket. Researchers said that teenagers have a sense of immortality and the “it can’t happen to me” syndrome.
Fact: Getting a speeding ticket for just 20 mph over the limit could result in a $3,000 increase in premiums for auto insurance with a teen driver on your policy!
Facts: Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for people 15 to 20. Speeding has been a factor in over 37% of crashes involving 16-year-olds.
Do You Suffer From An Anxiety Attack Every Time Your Teen Driver Gets Behind The Wheel?
As your teen’s responsibilities increase (such as the privilege to drive a motor vehicle) your anxiety levels can skyrocket, and for good reason. Some psychologists will say that installing a GPS monitoring device in your teen’s vehicle shows a lack of trust in your teen. Would it be better for your teenager to get a speeding ticket on their own and have to deal with it? Or, would it be better for you, as a parent, to take a pro-active approach to your teen’s behavior and modify it through open communication?
GPS Vehicle Monitoring System Can Empower Trust:
We say, “Trust-But-Verify.” A GPS vehicle monitoring system will act as a powerful deterrent for any negative behavior. Furthermore, we believe that explaining to your teenager that a GPS vehicle system in the vehicle is implemented out of love and not mistrust. You want your teenager to live to their 21st Birthday…You also want to foster the trust that exists between yourself and your teen. Having a GPS vehicle monitoring system will, believe it or not, empower you and your teen to build a stronger foundation of trust.
What About Cell Phones That Have GPS Built-In? Can I Use That?
What about a cell phone with GPS installed in it? Isn’t that the same thing? Actually, it is not. A hardwired GPS vehicle monitoring device, like the two listed below, are permanently installed. They generally cannot be removed or turned off, like a cell phone. More importantly, these GPS vehicle monitoring devices are connected directly to your car’s battery, so they operate when your car operates.
Know Your Teenager’s Vehicle Location If & When You Need To:
Equally important is the safety and security of your teenager. A vehicle installed with a GPS monitoring device, will allow you to locate your vehicle’s position if the need ever arises.
Important Tips On How To Keep Your Teen Safe Behind The Wheel
Make sure your teen is well-rested before they drive: studies show fatigue as a contributing factor in teen-related accidents.
Ban the use of cell phones while driving: they are distracting and dangerous to a teen driver.
Do not let teens drive with other teens: statistics show 2 or more teens in a vehicle have an 86% chance of being involved in a traffic fatality.
Do not let your teen drive at night! Studies show nighttime is the riskiest time for a teen to drive.
Of course every child is different, so let us know what you think…and be safe!
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