GPS Tracking Is Teen Driving Safety
As a parent of a teenager I always find myself worried that my son is going to do something stupid. I’ve had all the talks with him about the things he shouldn’t do when driving such as texting, blasting his music too loud, checking his Facebook newsfeed, horsing around with friends, driving too fast and the list just goes on and on. He typical responds with “Okay Mom” that strikes a tone of I don’t really care or that I’m simply annoying him. Like most parents, I don’t beat this information into his head over and over again because I think my teenager is stupid, but rather at his age with peer pressure and all the other factors, making a stupid decision isn’t out of the realm of impossibility. This is the reason why myself and many other parents I know have decided to use teen GPS trackers to check on teen driving safety. Of course many parents reading this are automatically going to assume using a GPS tracking device to check up on a teen is an invasion of privacy or that I’m just trying to spy on my kid. However, the question that really needs to be asked is if it is okay for my teen to be driving dangerously, texting while driving or going to places off limits? The answer is a very loud no! I don’t go in my kid’s room and rummage making his personal possessions and I don’t helicopter over every single action he makes. Driving though is a different animal altogether and something that needs to be monitored. Here are the reasons why:
- The top cause for premature death among teens is automotive related fatalities.
- Approximately 70% of teens killed in vehicle accidents were male.
- Over half of the automobile deaths among teens occurred on Friday or the weekend. The time most teens drive for leisure.
- Speeding is one of the main factors among automotive accidents and death among teenage motorists.
The numbers don’t lie people! Teen driving safety is a topic that should be just as much of a concern as drug or alcohol use, but for some reason it seems to fall by the waste side among so many parents. I was not going to be one of those parents whose child was going to be a statistic and that was the driving force behind my families choice to invest in GPS tracking devices. What I do is place the real-time GPS tracker under the passenger seat in the car my teenager drives. The GPS tracker will then allow me to know how fast my boy is driving and everywhere he is going at all times. So even though he nods and annoyingly says “Okay Mom” when I tell him not to be texting or driving too fast while he’s out, the GPS tracker gives me a simple way to validate he’s not being a moron. I even have the GPS tracker programmed to send me an alert if he drives over 70mph, and if he travels further than 100 miles in any direction. Also, I can view his text message records according to the historical driving records to determine if he was using his phone to send messages while driving. My son is not a bad kid. He gets decent grades and hasn’t been in any trouble with the law. But good grades and a clean record don’t mean anything when it comes to teen driving safety.
I’d love to believe that all of the words of wisdom I have provided my teen driver have sunk in but the reality is once he grabs his keys and gets behind the wheel I have no idea what choices he makes. GPS tracking at least allows me to have some additional oversight so if he does make poor choices I can intervene before something potentially bad happens. This is why I truly believe all parents should use GPS trackers to monitor the driving habits of their teens. Inexperience behind the wheel can have fatal consequences and if GPS tracking can reduce the possibility of an accident occurring in even the slightest amount then it’s one of the best investments a parent can make.