Tuesday, April 29, 2008

After School Hours Are Dangerous For Teen Drivers

Most parents only really get concerned about their teen driver children when they head out on the road at night. And rightfully so. That is a very dangerous time. But a recent study shows that the time right after school is also are very high risk time for teen drivers.

This study by AAA indicates that weekday afternoon driving time is just as dangerous for teens as night driving. The researchers studied the number of fatal crashes involving teens between 2002 and 2005. They found that 16 and 17 years olds were involved in almost as many fatal crashes between 3 and 5 pm on weekdays as they were on Friday and Saturday nights between 9 pm and 2 am. There were 1100 weekday fatal accidents and 1237 weekend evening fatal accidents.So what can you as a parent do about this?

Well, here are several suggestions:

1. Establish some specific driving rules with your teen. Be consistent in enforcing both the rules and the consequences when the rules are broken.

2. Impose an absolute ban on cell phone use while your teen is driving. Don’t call them yourself when you know that they are driving.

3. Require that your teen use a seatbelt any and every time they are traveling in any vehicle whether as a driver or a passenger. You must do the same to reinforce the importance of this.

4. Don’t allow your teen driver to carry passengers during the first 3 months or more of driving. Let them get used to being out there on their own before they add the distractions of passengers.

5. Don’t permit your teen to ride with other teen drivers. I know this will be a hard sell in these times of high gas prices but until you know just how safe the other teen driver is, you really should not permit your child to ride with him or her.

6. Make your rules known to other adults in your teen’s life. This can help provide an extra set of eyes when you are not around.

7. Install a GPS monitoring system in your child’s car. When they know that you are watching all of the time, their driving habits will be safer.

To get more safety tips and to find out how you can get a GPS tracking system installed in your child’s car for free, visit my web site at www.TeenDriverInsurance.com/Paramount or call my office at 336-869-3335

Friday, April 18, 2008

Prom Season is Here!


This is an exciting time of the year for teens. Prom season, graduation, and the upcoming summer break are all on their minds.

This is also a time when, more than any other time of the year, parents must remain vigilant on their teen driver's safety. Why? Because this is when the number of teen driver accidents increase along with the number of deaths.

So, what can you do?

First, start by talking with your teen. Express your concerns and stress the importance of not drinking and driving. This discussion with your teen will help them understand the dangers as well as the responsiblity they have to their passengers and others on the road.

Second, consider getting a contract between you and your teen driver. You can get a copy by visiting my website at http://www.teendriverinsurance.com/nc_paramount_res.html. This contract will put in writing the rules they must follow in order to continue enjoying their priviledge of driving.

Third, make sure your teen understands that you are always willing to pick them up, no matter what time it is, if they have been drinking. You may not know whether your teen drinks alcohol, but statistics prove that the majority do. Don't take a chance because you think your teen doesn't drink. Just make sure that if they ever get into a situation where they even had one drink, they should never get behind the wheel. Let them know that you'll be glad to pick them up.

Best of luck during this dangerous time and I wish you and your family good health, happiness and prosperity!


Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Teen Driver GPS Monitoring Systems

In my opinion, this is the greatest technological breakthrough for parents and their teen driver's safety. Before I go over the benefits to parents, let me explain how these systems work.
A little "black box" is installed usually under the dash where it can't be seen. This "black box" is basically a small computer that records it's exact location and is hooked up to certain features in the car- door locks and sometimes the ignition. It has a built-in antennae that send and receives signals to a satellite.
This data can be viewed from a website that is hosted by the GPS provider. Parents can monitor the vehicle's location and speed by visiting the website. Most systems can also allow the user to set alerts for speeding, braking curfew, or driving beyond a pre-designated area. These alerts can be sent by text message, e-mail or a phone call. It can also be used to un-lock the car doors in case the teen leaves the keys in the car- most parents would love this feature!
Since speeding is the leading cause of teen driver deaths, this tool is a must for parents!
I have been able to work out special pricing for systems like this that can allow parents to save 50% on these units and in some cases parents, can get this system installed for free! Go to my website for more details- www.teendriverinsurance.com/paramount