Most GPS navigation devices are commonly used to get a user from point "a" to point "b," but the new technology expands that basic capability with a live web-based tracking unit that updates vehicles positions every 10 seconds. The vehicle's position can then be viewed from any web-enabled computer.
This new technology can provide parents of teens who borrow the family car more peace of mind than ever before, and ensure the safety of their children.
According to researchers, as your teen's responsibilities increase, like the privilege to drive a car, a parent's anxiety levels can skyrocket and for good reason. Kids may argue that installing a GPS monitoring device in the family car shows a total lack of trust, but we believe it is more along the lines of 'trust, but verify.' After all, what would you rather have? A symbolic gesture of trust, or a tool that will help ensure the safety of your child?
Research has shown that teenagers don't drive safely for fear of crashing, but rather for fear of getting a ticket. Researchers say that teenagers have a sense of immortality and the "It can't happen to me" syndrome.
Getting a speeding ticket for just 20 mph over the limit could result in a $3,000 increase in premiums for auto insurance with a Teen Driver on your policy!
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for people 15 to 20. Speeding has been a factor in over 37% of crashes involving 16-year-olds.
Researchers point out that speed thresholds can be set online, as well as zone or area alerts. Anytime your vehicle exceeds your set speed threshold, you will get a SMS text message to your cell phone, as well as an email, notifying you of the speed violation.
Moreover, when your vehicle exits or enters a specified geographical zone, you can configure the system to also send you a cell phone or email alert.
Also, it is more reliable than a cell phone-based GPS widely used by parents to keep track of their kids, because the battery cannot run out like a phone.
In effect, a GPS vehicle monitoring system will act as a powerful deterrent for any negative behavior. Parents can explain to their teenager that a GPS system in their vehicle is implemented out of love and not mistrust. You want your teenager to live to their 21st birthday. You also want the trust that exists between yourself and your teen to expand, and having a GPS vehicle monitoring system will empower you and your teen to build a stronger foundation of trust, while at the same time helping to keep them safe.
And their safety and that of every motorist out there is at the very heart of the matter.