Over the past six weeks, AOL Autos has delved into the topic of teen driving: the scope of the problem, the role driver's education plays in the process, and what parents can do help their teens master their driving skills.
But one important voice was missing: The teens themselves.
There are in-car gadgets, smartphone apps, and even automaker software to help monitor young drivers
Many parents feel squeamish about tracking their teen drivers with technology. It seems invasive, intrusive, and like you don't trust them.
But a study by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety shows that teens whom know they're being tracked behave better behind the wheel.
Despite plenty of academic research demonstrating that texting while driving can be just as dangerous as drinking and driving, a new poll shows that most teens simply don't think that's the case. State Farm recently sponsored a poll conducted by Harris Interactive in which 14-to-17 year-olds were asked whether they thought they would die one day if they regularly text and drive. Only 35 percent of those asked strongly agreed with that statement. Compare that figure with the 55 percent of teens w
We all remember our first car. There's nothing quite like the memory of seeing your parents hand you the keys to a vehicle you can call your own, and the experience has historically happened somewhere between a child's 16th and 18th year. Right?
Teenage drivers are dangerous, that's no revelation. AAA has analyzed the last decade of crash data by its AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and found that while deadly crashes are down overall, teenage drivers are still at least twice as lethal to other people as they are to themselves.
In the military it's called "mission creep," when the quick little job you intended to do turns into something big and ugly. In science, it's called "progress." What started out as a quick little way to keep folks from texting while driving has turned into a way to track how and where you drive so that that information can be reported to your insurance agency.
Automotive websites Cars.com and
DriversEd.com (a drivers education resource) have teamed up to determine the top new vehicles for teens
this year. Criteria used included price, safety, size, and 'fun factor.'