Get Ready, 15 1/2 is Around the Corner!
When my kids approached the age when they could get a driving permit, my wife and I were terrified. The kids were thrilled though and it is unavoidable. They WILL drive. Getting involved early is key to make sure you are ready. As they approach driving age, seat them up front and tell them what you are doing and why when you drive. Tips about merging onto the freeway, courtesy, and being pro-active go a long way to help them prepare. They are also less likely to be overly anxious when they train and test too. One of the keys to success is a great driving school. We used Curbside Driving School and both kids are still great drivers after 5 years (no tickets, no accidents).
I wanted to share some great tips from Mercury, but I also wanted to highlight a new tool from Verizon that can help ease your mind and keep your kids safer. The product is called Hum and the other cell phone providers are sure to follow suit. This new tool plugs into your diagnostic port (all cars newer than 1996) and also comes with a hands-free unit that clips on the visor.
Some key features available using the free app (service is $14.99 per month and you don't have to be a Verizon mobile customer);
- Allows you to be informed about how fast your kids are driving.
- Geolocation to know where they are driving.
- Shows car diagnostics in case you are getting warning notices.
- Roadside assistance.
- Stolen vehicle tracking.
Putting Your Teen Behind The Wheel
The following 5 Tips courtesy Mercury Insurance © 2010-2016 Mercury Insurance. All Rights Reserved.
If you’re the parent of a teen driver, you may be wondering what you can do to help ensure his or her safety. Aside from knowing and honoring the rules of the road, safe teen driving involves operating the appropriate type of vehicle. In addition to researching auto insurance for teens, there are five tips to consider when choosing your teen’s first car. Designed to help protect young drivers, these suggestions focus on safety, which also helps to lower the cost of car insurance for teenagers.
Tip 1: Watch the speed
Tip 2: Grounded in reality
Reality check: SUVs have the highest rollover involvement rate of any vehicle type in fatal crashes, followed by pickup trucks.²
Tip 3: Buy 1997 or later
Tip 4: Know the score
Tip 5: Ask for a rate quote
Following these tips will help reduce the risks often associated with teen driving as well as lessen parents’ anxieties.
¹ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2014, Teen Drivers’ Fact Sheet
² PBS.org., Before You Buy An SUV