inthinc Provides Tips for National Teen Driver Safety Week
SALT LAKE CITY - Oct. 19, 2010 - In recognition of National Teen Driver Safety Week (Oct. 17-23) and as part of its ongoing mission to help improve driving behavior, inthinc Technology Solutions Inc., is speaking out on how parents and teens can work together to improve safe driving.
For parents with teen drivers, inthinc offers the following tips to help teens stay safe behind the wheel:
Tip #1: Establish clear, unambiguous "house rules of the road" for driving and associated rewards and consequences. The following are examples of rules to be enforced:
- Rule: Seatbelts must be worn at all times. Two-thirds of teens killed in a car crash were not wearing their seatbelts. Seatbelts save lives, wear them.
- Rule: Obey the posted speed limit. Speeding is one of the main factors contributing to auto accidents. And if the weather impacts road conditions, slow down even more.
- Rule: No cell phone/texting behind the wheel. Teen drivers are especially at risk of distracted driving. Keep your eyes on the road and off the phone.
- Rule: Set a maximum number of passengers. Studies show that the risk of being in an accident increases in proportion to the number of teen passengers in a car.
- Rule: Never use drugs or alcohol. Not only are drugs and alcohol illegal for teens, they severely impair judgment and driving ability.
Tip #2: Be a stellar example of safe driving yourself, and obey your own house rules. Believe it or not, your teen pays attention to your example, so wear your seatbelt, don't drink and drive and put your cell phone away when driving.
Tip #3: Stay involved in your teen's driving experience even when you're not in the car with them. Be actively involved in the coaching and mentoring of your teen and monitor situations that might put them or other teens at risk. Leveraging technology such as tiwi from inthinc provides an unprecedented level of involvement and peace of mind.
Tip #4: Sign a parent-teen driving contract to set realistic expectations and establish boundaries for teen drivers. Such a contract, in writing, spells out the rules, responsibilities and consequences of driving behavior and actions. Set consequences of importance for poor driving behavior, but, likewise, establish rewards with meaning for good driving behavior and improvement.
Tip #5: Take advantage of every opportunity to discuss driving safety and build your teen's confidence. They may be excited to get their license, but they are also likely apprehensive about the responsibilities and risks of driving. Invest time in discussing different driving situations and how to handle them. Talk about your experiences and what you wish you would have known when you were a young driver.
"Auto accidents are the number one killer of teenagers in the United States," said Todd Follmer, CEO of inthinc." When a teen gets his or her driver's license, it can be one of the most exciting and nerve-wracking experiences in their young life. By following these tips, you can help to put them on the safest road possible."