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Keeping Tabs On Your Teen Driver


If you have a teenager in the house, chances are you experience just a tinge of worry whenever they step out—especially if they have car keys in hand. After all, the number one cause of teen death in this country is car collisions. What can parents do to keep teens safe when they’re behind the wheel? There are actually several steps you can take.

Teach Safe Driving

Although they’ll be taught the skills and strategies they need for the road, the inexperience of teen drivers puts them at particular risk. So you simply cannot stress safe driving expectations too much:

  • Cell phones should be in the glove box. They are the number one distraction of all drivers, so teens, in particular, should avoid any temptations to talk, text, or game while behind the wheel.
  • Brake gradually, particularly in wet weather.
  • Stick to the speed limit. Remind teens that speeding really does not impact arrival times by much, and the possibility of getting in an accident is simply not worth the risk.
  • Never drink and drive. Set the example, and make sure teens understand that even one drink can impair their driving ability.
  • Stay belted up. Over half of teen fatalities occur when teens are not wearing a seatbelt. They should make it a habit to buckle up automatically.
  • Stop for yellow. Sure, dashing through a yellow won’t result in an accident most of the time. But it only takes once. Don’t risk it.
  • Follow safely. Leave a car length for every 10 MPH. Obviously, you want a decent cushion in the event of unexpected brake lights ahead.

Tracking with Technology

Keeping track of your teen driver is easier than ever these days with GPS-enabled devices that are now on the market. These small trackers can be installed into the diagnostic port of a vehicle, and can monitor speed, braking, location and acceleration. Here’s how they work:

  • Have the device installed;
  • Enter the driving parameters for your teen in the associated website;
  • If the car goes outside the set limits or geographical boundaries, you get an email notification. You’ll also be notified whenever the device is disconnected or reconnected.
  • Print out detailed reports covering a chosen time frame to learn exactly where and how your teen has been driving.

The rest is up to Mom and Dad. When kids have a level of accountability, they tend to act more responsibly. So print out the reports and discuss them with your teen. Praise good choices, and guide questionable ones.

Safe Driving is the Goal

At the Law Offices of Robert W. Elton, we hope you never have to sit in our offices discussing serious injuries or a fatality involving your teen driver. Driving opens up a whole new world for young adults: let’s do everything we can to keep them safe on the road. In the event you do need a personal injury attorney, contact us for a free, confidential consultation in Daytona & Ormond Beach.