GPS Trackers Enhancing Teen Safety
Every parent can remember the moment they received their driver’s license and the freedom that came along with it. A driver’s license shrinks the world and makes a simple trip to the grocery store or burger joint with friends an adventure. Unfortunately, the world today is unlike the one most parents had when they were growing up. Today, teens are distracted by the dinging sound of text messages arriving on their cell phones and a whole world of social networking apps from Facebook to SnapChat that can distract even the most focused of teens. Throw in the mix inexperience behind the wheel, other motorists sharing the roads being distracted and peer pressure among other teens and the risks of driving become very real. Parents understand the statistics that surround teen driving and know that it doesn’t take much for a bad choice to result in a ticket, automobile accident or something more ominous. This is why tech-savvy moms and dads of teen drivers are employing a new type of product that uses GPS tracking to enhance teen driving safety.
GPS technology was once a tool reserved only for military applications and national defense. However, GPS technology is now mainstream and has completely changed the way people navigate from one place to another, connect with friends on social networking websites and keep tabs on their automobiles. GPS tracking is one of the things that comes from satellite GPS technology and what it does is allow a person to access the location of a person, asset or vehicle anytime. This is a very powerful tool when in the hands of parents because it gives them the ability to monitor what a teen driver is doing essentially 24/7. Here are some of the features a standard real-time GPS tracker can provide a concerned parent (please note GPS tracking devices vary in functionality, features and cost)
* Live Updates On Teen Driver Location
* Instant Alerts If A Teen Driver Is Speeding
* Lifetime Access To Historical Driving Activity
*Safe Zone Alerts
* Mileage Tracking
* Automobile Theft Security
How To Track A Teen Driver
Parents can easily track a teen driver by simply placing a live GPS tracker in the vehicle they wish to monitor. Although live GPS trackers all operate a little differently from one another, basically the parent can hide the GPS as a portable device, hard-wire it to the target car or connect it to the vehicle through a cigarette lighter adapter or OBDII port. Once in the vehicle the GPS tracker will transmit locational information and travel activity as frequently as every 3 seconds. The parent needs only to go to a website with their login credentials to access the tracking data. Alerts can also be easily programmed to notify a parent via email or text if the teen driver is speeding or driving somewhere they are not supposed to be.
Safety Is Top Priority
Experts state that driving behaviors are shaped early on and therefore it is essential for parents to determine if a teen is engaging in risk behaviors such as speeding. GPS tracking systems don’t prevent bad driving habits but they provide the information about driving habits to parents. With this knowledge parents can then intervene with their teens to help instill safe driving habits in a effort to create long-lasting behaviors that will reduce the chances of a teen driver from ever getting involved in a automobile accident. GPS tracking can literally save lives and that is reason enough for any concerned parent to learn more about the technology.