Can We Be Frank About Teen Drivers?

We all remember being teenagers and the joy that came with getting our driver’s license. It was sweet freedom. No more being driven around by mom and dad. Crank up the radio, load up your friends and have an adventure. Not a care in the world.

Thinking back, I’m sure many of us can also remember being pretty irresponsible drivers.

From going to parties when we were supposed to be going to the library, to not paying attention to speed limits and even being distracted by friends trying to take over the radio, many of us were unwittingly on the brink of disaster, even tragedy, every time we got behind the wheel. And if you’re of a certain age, you probably didn’t even have a cell phone to distract you like most teenagers today.

The danger that teen drivers pose for themselves is backed up by a number of rather sobering statistics. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens and young adults, 15-20 years old.

National Center for Health Statistics - Unintentional Injury is the leading cause of death

In the figure below, you can see that Unintentional Injury is the leading cause of death. And within that category, nearly 2/3 of those fatalities are attributed to car accidents. 

While these numbers have decreased over the years, they certainly can’t be ignored. And if you have a teen driver at home, the statistics may have you thinking twice about letting your son or daughter get behind the wheel without you there to monitor their every move.

One option is to drop big money on a new car like the Chevy Malibu, with a starting MSRP of $21,625, to get the technology needed to monitor your teen driver and instill safer driving habits. Now, if that made your checkbook cringe, it’s time to consider a more affordable yet powerfully effective option.

How about a simple device that can be installed on just about any year, make and model of vehicle and used to help protect your teen driver? A device that delivers new, connected car technology in a not-so-new car.

With the right device and mobile app, a parent can pinpoint a vehicle’s location 24/7 and receive smart alerts via push, text or email notification for:

  • Speeding – Correct lead foot tendencies before they cause an accident.
  • Unauthorized use – Make sure teens are where they’re supposed to be.
  • Battery life – No worrying about teens being stranded with a dead car.

With the help of a GPS-based solution like Spireon’s Kahu app, parents can have peace of mind from all of these features, as well as 24/7 theft protection and savings of up to 25% on insurance premiums.

While you might want your teen driver to enjoy all the freedoms that come with having their driver’s license, it’s natural to want to protect them. Kahu makes it easy without breaking the bank. To learn more about making your car smarter and protecting your teen, Click HERE or check out the video below.

And feel free to get in touch with our team to find a Kahu dealer near you!

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