If you have a new driver in the family, you may have concerns about the way they are driving when you’re not with them. Because teen drivers are more likely than older drivers to be involved in a crash, it’s important for parents to do what they can to keep their children safe on the road.
According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)*, the risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among 16 to 19-year-olds than any other age group. In 2013, it says, that particular age group represented only 7 percent of our population, yet accounted for 11 percent, or 10 billion dollars, of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries.
The CDC goes on to explain that teens are more likely than older drivers to underestimate dangerous situations or are not able to recognize hazardous situations. It also points out that teens are more likely than older drivers to speed, and if there are male teenage passengers in the vehicle, it increases the likelihood that they will.
In March of 2015, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety** released the results of research it did using “in-vehicle event recorders” capturing crashes involving teen drivers. The 1,700 videos showed that distraction was a factor in nearly 6 out of 10 moderate-to-severe teen crashes, four times as many as previously thought.
One suggestion given by many experts on how to reduce the number of teen injuries occurring on account of vehicle accidents is for parents to get more involved when their teenage children start to drive. As the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety research proved, the use of a dashcam can provide quite a different story compared to a teen’s version of events.
Dashcams enable parents to effectively coach their children when driving, even when they are not in the car, to help keep them safe. Dashcams provide more than just a record of an event. The innovative features, such as lane departure and forward collision warning systems, can assist young drivers as they head down the road in real-time.
The Magellan MiVue series of dashcams provide parents and guardians with a detailed audio and video record of what’s going on in and around the vehicle. Each model includes a host of features to create a high-quality video proof of what is actually going on, including the vehicle’s speed, activities in front of the vehicle, and interactions between the driver and any passengers.
Dashcams enable parents to take a more active role in their child’s driving when they are not in the car. Learn more about Magellan’s MiVue DashCams.
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