Parents turn to Apps to Keep Teens Safe Behind the Wheel

Your teen might have already started school again, which brings up the question, “How’s their driving?”

When our young ones head back to class, they’re spending more time on our roadways. They have early start times and after school events to attend. All of this means that you’re not able to spend as much time in the car with them. They’re set free on our roads, to do as they please behind the wheel.
Well, there’s a new systems that’s helping parents to keep an eye on their young drivers. It’s called the “PUSH TEXT” app. It involved a bumper sticker and a smartphone app and parents are getting the inside scoop on their teen’s driving habits because of it. It was created by a man in Florida and it helps to get feedback from other drivers regarding your teen’s behavior behind the wheel.

Our Rock Hill car accident lawyers understand that teens have the highest risks for car accidents. As a matter of fact, car accidents continue to be the number one cause of death for this young age group. Unfortunately, parents can’t always be in the car to monitor the maneuvers of these young drivers, but now they can keep a better eye on them.

The “PUSH TEXT” app works this way: You place one of the bumper stickers provided to you through the app on your teen’s car. The bumper sticker reads, “How is my kid — PUSH TEXT my TAG #.” Other drivers who also have the app can text in a message regarding the teen’s driving. These texts remain anonymous, according to the Courier-Journal.

The anonymity of these texts concern parents, saying that there’s a fear that other drivers will submit false reports or even that the teen will submit reports themselves. Others are saying that this isn’t the best idea because it’s urging drivers to whip out their cell phone and start texting at the wheel. Never should a motorist text and drive at the same time.

“What you’re asking people to do is text while driving,” said Florida state Rep. Irv Slosberg. “I applaud this father for doing something about teen driving, but I think it can be dangerous.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were more than 1,930 teenage drivers killed in car accidents in 2010. There were also another 187,000 of these young drivers injured in these same incidents. During this year, there were close to 100 teenage drivers who were killed in the state of South Carolina alone.

Parents are asked to stay closely involved with their teen’s driving habits. Talk with them frequently about the risks and the dangers that are associated with irresponsible driving habits. This is a vulnerable time in their lives and it’s important to keep safe driving habits in the forefront to help to make sure that they develop good habits behind the wheel!

Call the Lee Law Offices today if you or your teen driver has been injured in a car accident in either North or South Carolina. Call for a free and confidential consultation. 800-887-1965.

More Blog Entries:

Distracted Driving in Rock Hill: “It Can Wait” Targeting Texting Behind Wheel, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, August 20, 2012

Teens Learn Dangers of Texting and Driving in Revamped Driver’s Course, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, August 2, 2012

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