Getting a driver’s license is a sign of growing up, when teens experience new freedoms. Many parents would like to be everywhere their teenager is, but unfortunately that’s just not possible. It is possible, however, to monitor what your teen is doing behind the wheel. While some young drivers may feel violated or untrustworthy because of parental tracking, many parents are seeing it as a good and necessary precaution to keep their kids safe behind the wheel.
Apps & Technology
Find My iPhone
Find My iPhone allows users to track where their iPhone is if it’s lost or stolen. Some parents, however, use it to see exactly where their teen is at all times. With the click of a mouse, you can view the location of the iPhone or other Apple device from a computer or smartphone.
MyKey, a safety system offered by Ford, gives parents the opportunity to control various features in their teen’s car. One main feature is a maximum speed setting, which sends parents a text message if the vehicle clocks in above that speed. It also has remote volume control and a reminder to wear a seatbelt while in the car. Some newer Ford models that offer MyKey provide parents with the opportunity to block calls and text messages while driving.
Cellcontrol is a device that’s inserted under the dashboard, blocking calls and texts as they are received. A text will be sent to a designated administrator if the device is removed or deactivated. Cellcontrol is available for Android, Blackberry and Windows.
As soon as your teen starts driving, expect to see a raise in insurance prices. CBS News says that drivers in some states see increases as high as 116%. Male teens typically experience a 96% increase, while female drivers average a 72% price hike. Insurance companies reward good driving by lowering prices as the teen gets older. This is a good way to keep your teen on track, especially if they know they’re responsible for keeping prices down.
The ability to track teen drivers gives many parents the peace of mind that their child isn’t making bad decisions behind the wheel. There are many different kinds of apps and technology that help teen drivers stay safe, so do some research and find one that both can agree on. And remember, safe driving isn’t just for teens. This technology can be beneficial to parents as well!