Should You Track Your Teen Age Driver?


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Studies have shown that teenage drivers particularly new drivers are 5 times more likely to be in a fatal car accident than any other age group. It is the time of the initial freedom of a car coupled with the poor choices made by lack of experience that presents the dilemma.

 

Most families are aware that you can track your teenage drivers through their cell phones with one of many plans offered by cell phone providers for that purpose. Additionally there are apps that provide the same service for a very low cost.

 

Now there are sophisticated onboard computers, which allow parents to track the driving of teenage drivers, and if the young person deviates from the parameter set by parents–the parents can be notified by e-mail or text message. This same concept can be invaluable for employers seeking to keep track of employees driving and making sure that they are driving safely.

 

The new driving tracking may seem like an intrusion into privacy of anyone and should be balanced by parents with their concerns about their son or daughter’s driving habits. Preventing an accident is certainly a much better approach than dealing with the aftermath.

 

It is almost shocking to realize the amount of data that these tracking devices can accumulate. Breaking activity, speed, location and other important information are all recorded. Most new vehicles have event data recorders already built-in and the new tracker device plugs into such onboard computer and allows the information to be available to parents or others by computer.

 

Balancing safety against privacy can be a tough call and with teenagers going with safety may be an approach worth considering.

 

Greg Baumgartner is a Austin personal injury lawyer and the founder of the Baumgartner law firm, a Texas personal injury law firm dedicated to helping families of people injured or killed in accidents. For a free no obligation consultation with an Austin personal injury lawyer  call the Baumgartner law firm 512-348-6768.

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