Thursday, October 25, 2007

Teenage Drivers

A few years ago when we bought our Jeep we joked around with our son that in 10 years that would be his car. Since then we have discussed that his first car should be a two seater that way he will not be able to pile a bunch of friends in the car and cruise around. CAL stated that he doesn’t want a two seater because he would only be able to fit one girl.

Teenage drivers scare me so much. It breaks my heart when I hear about an accident and it involved a car full of teenagers. As parents you want to give them freedom but you cannot put that above their safety.

There is a new Silicon Valley company,GreenRoad . They have developed technology that measures driving safety and has lowered the accident rates of its customers by 54%. GreenRoad’s technology can detect driving maneuvers and then it lets drivers see where they need to improve.


rammer said...

Ten years ago when we bought our Jeep we joked with our five year old that if he was good he'd be driving it to school. It pains me to say that he has in fact been pretty good. What do I do now?

Lukie said...

Wait until that one moment he is bad and then yank it out from under him. You know that one time that he won't eat his veggies. Then say "sorry you lost your big chance".

Kris, in New England said...

In 2003, 3 boys went joyriding in the 10 year old BMW that one of them bought and restored himself. They were all under age 18; the driver was driving the car for the very first time. It would be the last. In an unbelievably high speed crash (speculation was that they were going more than 100 mph), the missed a turn on a 2 lane country road, crossed the center line and smashed into a concrete wall and an oncoming car.

All 3 boys died in the car; the driver of the oncoming car also died - a father of 3.

The driver of the BMW had gotten his driver's license the day before; he had a history of alcohol problems, including a stint in rehab when he was 14 years old.

Yup - his blood alcohol was nearly twice the legal limit at the time of the crash. He was 17 years old. He killed his 2 best friends and the father of 3 children.

This accident - which occurred in CT - has vastly changed the licensing landscape here. And while there are still horrific accidents involving teenagers, they have dropped since the stepped licensure of teens was put into law.

But - in this accident where were the parents? A kid with known alcohol problems, allowed to have a BMW, a car built for high performance. So much was so wrong about that.

Driving is a privilege, not a right. It should be treated that way. This accident should serve as a valuable lesson for all parents facing the daunting task of allowing their kids to drive, and in giving them a car.

OK, off the soapbox now. It's just an issue that is very important to me. Sorry if I got too preachy.

lukie said...

Oh Kris you have hit on a subject that has a life of it's own.

Driving is a privilege, not a right. It should be treated that way.

That does not only apply to teenagers that should apply to everyone. Aggressive drivers, drunk drivers, and OLD drivers. I am sure you have heard about the little old lady suffering from CANCER and drove her car through the hospital entrance and killed two people. My first thought was what is this 76 year old with cancer doing driving a car. This might be a topic I discuss in the coming weeks.