Device that monitor teenage driving increases safety says study

We just read a report issued by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety which studied how installation of monitoring devices improves driving in teenagers between 16 and 19 years of age. The study monitored devices which reported risky driving practices including:


  • failure to use seat belts
  • sudden braking
  • sudden acceleration
  • speeding

The study sought to determine how monitoring teenage driving effected their driving. The device monitored instances of sudden braking, sudden acceleration, speeding and non use of seat belts. Data from a the device was then transmitted via a satellite to a central computer. Depending on the study group, some devices sounded an alert when they detected the unsafe behavior.

Seat belt use was already high among the teeen age drivers but improved significantly when seat belt violations were reported to the parent web-sites and improved even more when in-vehicle alerts sounded. Teenagers in the groups where parents were notified of unsafe behaviors or when an alert sounded also reduced sudden braking/accelerations.

The study concluded that electronic monitoring of teenage drivers reduced incidents of risky behaviors, especially seat belt non-use.

Read the complete study, “In-Vehicle Monitoring and the Driving Behavior of Teenagers.”

After reading the article, we were wondering if insurance companies might reduce the rates of teenagers whose families install the device. Nevertheless, we are pleased that such a device may reduce the risk of car accidents which seriously injure and kill teens every year.

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