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Should Teen Driving be Monitored?

Consumer reports describes a list of in-car monitoring devices to aid parents when it comes to keeping tabs on their teen drivers. Through the use of GPS tracking devices, parents can monitor the vehicles activity in real time. The device indicates where the car is, how long it has been there, and how fast the car is moving. The device can even tell if the driver is wearing a seatbelt and if there is a passenger in the car. If the vehicle is involved in an accident the device will notify the parent.

It is a well known fact that auto accidents are the number one cause of death for teens. In 2005, over 5000 teens were killed in motor vehicle accidents. Sixteen year olds have the highest accident rate of all age groups.

What is a parent to do? Should we let "kids be kids" and learn from their own mistakes? Should we monitor our children 24/7? It would be difficult if not impossible to follow our children through their busy school, sports, and work activities. Perhaps monitoring their activity with a GPS would be a good middle ground and provide peace of mind to worried parents.

Would you like to know where your teen driver is through the use of a GPS? Would you like to know his/her driving behavior? Do you feel this is one more instance of over protective parenting? Comment below - we would like to hear from you!

Categories: Car Accidents, Personal Injury


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