The combination of inexperience and overconfidence leads to the death of thousands of teen drivers, their passengers and others on the roadways.
Reinforce with your students that they are all at risk for being in a car crash. Research shows there is no way to predict which teens will crash — not grades, involvement in athletics, other extra-curricular activities or anything else!
Texting behind the wheel impairs driving skills more than being drunk or high on drugs.
2,600 traffic deaths each year caused from drivers talking on their cell phones, according to a Harvard study.
As driver education teachers we have the responsibility of helping to keep our student drivers safe. A multi-pronged strategy of education, enforcement, and technical innovation is helping to reduce the number of traffic crash fatalities among teen drivers. Below are some samples of new safety technology that you can share with the parents of your students. Reinforce that while technology is advancing, it does not take the place of good driving practices and close parental supervision.
Motor vehicles incorporate technology such as antilock breaking systems, traction control, electronic stability systems, and back-up sensing systems to help avoid crashes. In addition, select car models come equipped with advanced safety features. The Mykey™ System allows parents to control top speed, volume of stereo and seatbelt usage. Driver Alert Control monitors whether the vehicle is being driven in a controlled manner and the City Safety technology senses a potential crash and will actually apply the brakes.
Text messaging while driving is one of the leading causes of car crashes, and it is illegal while driving in New Jersey. There is a wide variety of smart phone apps designed to help reduce distractions while your teen is driving and keep their passengers safer on the road.
Studies have shown that teenagers engage in risky behavior when parents are not in the car. So, what can parents do to ensure that their teen driver is driving safely even when they are not in the car? After market technology has been developed to address risk factors that contribute to teen crashes and can offer parents the ability to track their teen's driving behavior. Current technology addresses driving skills, speed, seat belt usage, number of passengers in the car, cell phone usage, and intoxicated driving.
Drive Cam is a tiny video camera installed behind your rear view mirror. It is often referred to as the "black box" of automobiles. It continuously records sights and sounds both inside and outside the vehicle. For more information on Drive Cam systems, visit the following sites:
GPS tracking can provide information related to speed, seatbelt usage, passengers in the vehicle, and location. Parents can use this information to correct potential problems that put their teen at risk. The following are examples of GPS tracking systems:
Technology exists today that can prevent teens from using a cell phone when driving. An override is available in the event of an emergency. Please check with your cell phone carrier for this feature, or learn more at these websites:
New Jersey has a strict "zero-tolerance" policy for underage drinking. Technology does exist for individuals to monitor their blood alcohol level to prevent impaired driving.