Keeping Your Teenage Driver Safe on the Roads
Are You Worried About Your Teen on the Road?
‘Slow down, the music’s too loud, put your seatbelt on, watch the road, don’t even think about touching your phone, pay attention!’
The list can go on and on, right?
We all wonder if what we teach our children about driving is enough. Even if we do, will they follow through with everything we taught them? The statistics for teenage driving (and the danger it produces) are staggering in this country. Strand Security wants to make sure all of our teens in Myrtle Beach are safe while on the road.
Let’s take a look at statistics and figure out why you may choose to “track your teen and stay in the driver’s seat”
Teenage Drivers Are Not the Best Drivers!
The leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States is motor vehicle crashes.
● 1 in 5 teenage drivers has an accident in their first year of driving.
● Over 74,000 young people die or are injured each year by not wearing seat belts.
● Two-thirds of teen passenger deaths are in vehicles driven by other teenagers.
● Over one-third of teen fatal crashes are speed related.
● A 16 year old is 20 times more likely to be killed in a crash than an adult.
Teenagers Are at High Risk For Accidents!
● The risk of a crash is higher with 16-19 year olds than any other age group. Drivers ages 16-19 are 3 times more likely to be in a fatal crash than drivers over the age of 20. This is because teens are more likely to underestimate dangerous situations
● Teens that drive with other teenagers in the vehicle and the presence of male passengers increases the risky behavior (go figure!)
● Those that do not wear seatbelts. Did you know that teens have the lowest rate of seat belt use over all other age groups?
● Drivers with inexperience
● New drivers allowed to drive at night; from 2012 statistics we know that 49% of teen fatal crashes occurred between midnight and 3 AM.
Preventing Accidents in Teenage Driving
So how can we prevent accidents before they happen, and make our teens safer on the roads?
Research shows that seat belts reduce serious crash-related deaths and injuries by about half.
- Practice and discuss certain situations.
- Practice in all weather conditions.
- Practice nighttime driving
- Prepare with proper supervision such as a parent.
Parents Play a Key Role in Preventing Teenage Accidents
- Discuss all rules of driving and the consequences for not following them.
- Establish a Teen-Parent Driving Contract that puts the rules in writing and sets expectations.
Here is an example contract to help guide you…
- Attend a drivers education program.
- Share driving situations with other parents with teenagers. It takes only a second to share information and may save a life.
The above information is a useful tool to help start off with a new teen driver. However, at Strand Security we like to take it one step farther with Honeywell Total Connect™. This is a tracking service we provide that will allow you to “track your teens and stay in the driver’s seat”
- Honeywell Total Connect™ allows you to know exactly where your teen’s car is, where it is going and how fast they are driving. It will assure you when they have arrived at their destination, where they have stopped and for how long.
- You can receive texts or email alerts anytime and anywhere from any smart device. This allows you to know of any exceeded speed limits or predetermined geographic boundaries.
- Locates missing vehicles in the event of car trouble and emergencies.
- Ensures that teens are driving only where permitted.
- You will have real-time GPS location information.
Honeywell Total Connect™ allows your teen to be on the go and you to know!
Connect with us, your local Honeywell Total Connect™ dealer and we’ll get your teenager on their way, safely!