Parents Play a Significant Role in Keeping Teen Drivers Safe

Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers weigh in on the role parents play in their teen driver's safety. Car accidents are the leading cause of death among teenagers between the ages of 15 and 18. In the United States, approximately 3,000 teenagers lose their lives in tragic car accidents every year. According to a recent study from the University of Iowa, the combination of in-vehicle video monitoring and conversations about safe driving between parents and teens can reduce the risk of serious car accidents. In fact, researchers found that training parents to effectively communicate with their children about the importance of driving safely reduced the risk of future unsafe driving behavior by up to 80 percent.

In-vehicle video monitoring technologies that can improve safety for teen drivers include systems that can record speed, direction, G-force, and other factors. If the teen driver exceeds a safety threshold, such as the speed limit, sudden braking, or unsafe swerving, the in-vehicle monitoring system notifies the parents in real time about their teen driver’s unsafe behavior behind the wheel. In some cases, the technology can provide a recording of the driver’s actions while they are driving. Parents are then able to discuss the behavior with their child and suggest safety improvements that can be made, as well as potential consequences.

Study Highlights

Researchers from the College of Public Health and the University of Iowa’s National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) tracked 150 families with recently licensed teen drivers over a period of three years. Onboard video-monitoring systems were installed in all the vehicles. The parents were divided into three groups; 50 who were notified about their teen’s unsafe driving behavior, 50 who were not notified, and 50 who received notification, but who also agreed to participate in a program that encourages parents to talk to their children about safe driving. The program is based on the Steering Teens Safe program, and it helps parents provide more specific feedback when discussing certain unsafe driving behavior. Researchers found the following results:

  • The teen drivers from the third group had 80 percent fewer unsafe driving incidents following the parent-teen conversations, compared to the 100 drivers from the other two groups, and 65 percent fewer compared to the group than only received parental notification.
  • The study suggested that increased parental support, and programs like Steering Teens Safe, can help parents offer more relevant feedback to their teen drivers.
  • In addition to parent-teen conversations, feedback from driver education instructors may also help encourage teen drivers to avoid distracted driving.

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