Do you have a teenage driver, or a soon-to-be teen driver? There are a lot of new gadgets out there to keep tabs on your teen behind the wheel - and some interesting information on parents of teen drivers was recently released.
According to MSNBC, Ford just announced that many of its 2010 models will offer a new feature called 'MyKey' which limits your teen from driving over 80 mph. It can be programmed to control the volume of the stereo and has sound alerts if a seat belt is not being worn. This is all controlled through a computer chip in the key that your teen will be using. MyKey will be standard on many 2010 models and it will debut in the 2010 Ford Focus.
State Farm recently released a survey that indicated the majority of teens surveyed say they've seen their parents practice unsafe driving habits. According to the survey, 65 percent of parents talk on their cell phone while driving and drive while they are tired, and 68 percent are in a hurry at least sometimes when they drive. How do you think this influences those new drivers? I remember being that kid in the back seat when I was close to driving age, watching everything my mom did while driving. I would make comments like "Mom, you didn't use your turning signal" and "Mom, you didn't come to a full stop at the stop sign."
October is the month with the highest average teen insurance claims, so it is a good time to review good driving practices with your teenager. While I agree that devices like MyKey from Ford, Event Data Recorders which can track things like speed, seat belt use, and air bag deployment after an accident, and GPS tracking in your vehicle will help you monitor and keep track of your child can give you some peace of mind, I think that setting a good example should be your first method of developing a responsible teenage driver. Luckily my son won't be 16 until 2023, so I have a while to get prepared!