As a parent, one of the most challenging seasons of life is when your teenager hits the road for the first time. Fortunately, technology has improved in such a way that there are myriad new products and services to help your teen develop safer driving habits. Here are three technologies that promote, support and encourage better driving.
Safe Driver Apps
Safe driver apps are ideal for beginning drivers. These technology-driven apps can be used by any driver who wishes to improve their habits behind the wheel. Many of these apps are designed to prevent distracted driving, a leading cause of accidents in the younger demographic. Some of the most popular choices of safe driver apps are ones that include programs to read text messages aloud. This removes the driver’s temptation to pick up the phone, thereby eliminating one of the most common causes of serious traffic accidents in our modern world. There is even an app that will automatically shut off all functions of the smartphone if it detects that the vehicle is moving. Other apps are engineered to track risky driving behaviors and give recommendations to correct these potentially dangerous habits.
Driving simulators reduce crashes by improving decision making and helping drivers identify problems sooner. When drivers are given the opportunity to deal with a variety of driving scenarios, they improve their skills behind the wheel as they gain the tools to react to different situations on the road. These simulators also promote driver confidence that comes from someone knowing they’re prepared as they get behind the wheel.
Active Safety Features
In today’s increasingly technological world, the vehicles themselves have been equipped with more advanced safety features. These features make it easier than ever to drive safely while promoting better driving habits. Some of the best features to consider for your next vehicle include adaptive cruise control, rear backup cameras, blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, automatic emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert, pedestrian detection and forward-collision warning. While some of these features will be standard on more premium vehicles, many of them can be added as optional safety offerings for an additional cost.
While it is never easy to allow your child to start driving, you can improve the chances that they drive safely by harnessing the power of technology. There are so many technologies like the ones above that have been created to help people be safe while driving. Leveraging these technologies will give you more peace of mind as your child takes to the streets.