What Parents and Teens Should Know About the Drive It Home Initiative

11 Jun 2019

The leading cause of teenage death is car crashes. Fortunately, as a parent, you can do something.

Here are some startling statistics:

  • Two million teenagers under 18 years old are in their first year of driving.
  • Forty percent of crashes occur during the night, usually before midnight.
  • Every year, 900,000 crashes occur involving teen drivers under the age of 18.
  • Sixteen to 19 year-old drivers have a higher risk of being in a deadly crash.

Sponsored by Allstate Foundation, AT&T and Toyota, DriveitHOME is a National Safety Council initiative designed by and for parents who have a newly licensed teenage driver. It provides various helpful free resources you can benefit from to help your teenager get the experience required for driving safer and becoming more experienced.

With the technology in vehicles today such as Bluetooth, playlists, Wi-Fi and GPS, there are a lot of distractions in a vehicle for your teen. However, there is also technology available to help us drive better and possibly save our lives.

Monitoring technology, like with safety technology, is a tool that assists, not replaces, your involvement. But, while it can help you monitor your teen’s driving, the best thing you can still do to reduce your teen’s crash risk is spend a minimum of 30 minutes each week as a passenger and practice with your teenage driving for their first year.

Valuable Resources for You and Your Teen

The University of Iowa and National Safety Council created a new program called MyCarDoesWhat.org. This program, like DriveitHOME, is backed by research and has a goal of educating drivers about their cars’ safety features and how to properly use them.

The program covers a large range of different safety features which include the latest technology like Lane Departure Warnings and Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) which help drivers by preventing crashes.

MyCarDoesWhat also covers other features like:

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Anti-Lock Braking Systems (ABS)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS)

These are all mandated by the government for all new cars.

Once your teenager is ready to start driving, you’ll want to sit down with them and discuss your expectations and rules for safe driving on the road. You might also consider GPS teen tracking, which can provide you with peace of mind in knowing the safety and security of your teenager. GPS tracking for teens can provide you with the location of your teens vehicle and you can set alert boundaries to know if your teenager has driven out of boundaries you establish.

New Driver Deal is a version of a written Parent-Teen Agreement that will assist you in sorting out all the issues and questions that could arise once your teenager starts driving.

You can also check out DriveitHOME’s video and resources page and share it with your teen to help keep them safe.

There are also some helpful posters your teen could benefit from.

To learn more about GPS teen vehicle tracking, give us a call here at LiveViewGPS at 1-888-544-0494.

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