NC Traffic Safety: Bumper Stickers Getting the 4-1-1 on Your Teen Driver

It’s seems like there’s an app for nearly everything!

Now, parents can use an app to check up on their teen’s driving. You might have seen those “How’s My Driving?” stickers on trucks and semis. Well, now parents are putting them on their teen’s vehicles and they’re getting other motorists to send in reports on their teen’s driving behavior.
With just a sticker and a smartphone app, parents can pay $15 for the first year and $10 for every year after to get a sneak peek into their teen’s driving habits when they’re not around, according to the Courrier-Journal.

All parents have to do after signing up is register their teen’s license plate on the app’s website. Then be ready to start getting reports about what your teen is doing out there on our roadways.

Our Rock Hill car accident attorneys understand how important it is to make sure that our newly-licensed drivers are doing alright behind the wheel. With this new app, parents can keep a close eye on how they’re doing. Teens will also know that they’re being watched so they’re more likely to practice safe driving habits. Some support the app while others say that it’s only going to cause more accidents.

So how exactly does it work?

For drivers that have the app already downloaded, all they have to do is type in the vehicle’s license plate number and send in their thoughts about that particular driver. It’s like having a little report card. Don’t worry, the texts are anonymous.

“This puts a little bit of yourself in the passenger seat as a parent,” said Mike McManigal, creator of the app. “Once (teen drivers) leave the driveway and turn the corner and they’re out of sight, no one’s policing them.”

The app was launched last month and has been getting some mixed reviews. Some say that it’s a genius idea that’s going to get teens to pay more attention to their actions in the driver’s seat. Others are saying that there’s going to be some trouble with false reports and fraud. Others are fearing that drivers will be encouraged to text while driving just to be able to send a report about another driver. More texting drivers equates to higher risks for accidents.

Regardless, teens need to be watched on our roadways. Maybe there’s a better way to do it than ask drivers to whip out there phones while driving.

Teenagers are more likely to die in a car accident than any other way. These crashes continue to be the number one cause of death for this young population year after year. It’s during these first few years behind the wheel that they have the highest risks for accidents, too. Parents are urged to stay in sync with their teen’s driving habits, even if that does mean slapping a sticker on their car. Your best bet is to offer them with plenty of supervised driving time. Hop in and let them show you their driving skills first hand!

Contact the injury attorneys at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free and confidential consultation. Call 1-800-887-1965.

More Blog Entries:

Carolina Car Accidents, Red Dots and Teen Drivers, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, August 11, 2012

Nearly 50 Fatal Pedestrian Accidents in South Carolina so far in 2012, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, July 3, 2012

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