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Parents Riding Shotgun, Remotely With Young Drivers

New technology may give parents a little piece of mind when it comes to young people behind the wheel.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the U.S.
 
In fact, teen drivers are three times more likely than adults to be in a fatal crash.

If you have a teen, you're always worried they'll be in a crash.

So we usually  want to know exactly what they're doing  when they're behind the wheel.

It seems they're more careful when you're in the car with them, but that's not always possible - or is it?

It turns out new monitoring options can make it seem like you are.

The Drivecam activates every time a driver does something considered unsafe.

The video is sent to professionals who offer tips to improve.
 
It can also be sent to parents.

Drivecam is just one of several recent technologies now being used to keep kids safe on the road, according to the Insurance Information Institute.

Another technology called Geofencing not only notifies parents if the car is driven above a certain speed, but also outside a certain perimeter.

Another option isn't nearly as high tech, but experts say it can be just as effective.

Bumper stickers saying comments can be texted to Mom and Dad.

Just having that phone number on a bumper sticker, on the back of a car, might give a teenager pause.

Think this kind of monitoring is a little much?

Maybe even an invasion of privacy?

Experts say not if you're up front with your teen from the start.

While at least one insurance company offers a dash board camera  free to its clients, anyone can get the camera and a year's worth of professional advice for nine-hundred dollars.

Some car manufacturers are incorporating Geofence technology into their vehicles, or offer it as an add-on service for a few dollars a month.

If you want a  "How's my kid driving?" bumper sticker, it'll cost you ten  bucks. 


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