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Monday, May 26, 2014

“Safer Teen Car” includes a Computer Parent

As a personal injury attorney located in Stockbridge, I’ve worked with many families in the Henry County area deal with the aftermath of a car accident.  That’s why this recent study published by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about teen driver safety immediately caught my attention.

The study describes a car specifically engineered to be a “Safer Teen Car.”  The prototype was designed to provide instant feedback and helpful advice to newly licensed teen drivers. 

Teenage drivers are far more likely to be involved in a car crash that results in injuries or fatalities than any other group of drivers on the road.  Newly licensed drivers are exceptionally risky, and while accident rates decline rapidly as teenagers gain more driving experience, they remain much more likely to be involved in a serious accident than a mature adult. 

Providing Real-Time Feedback to Teen Drivers:

National studies show that the best way to keep new drivers safe is to have an experienced adult driver in the car with them.  The more experienced driver provides useful guidance exactly when and where the teen needs it. 

However, it’s not realistic that an adult can accompany every teen every time he or she gets into the drivers’ seat.  That’s why the NHTSA tested the Safer Teen Car, which includes technology designed to provide instant feedback directly to young drivers, including a real-time:

  • Seatbelt detector and reminder system

  • Passenger presence system

  • Speed monitoring and feedback systems

  • Excessive maneuver and feedback system

  • Cell phone use detection and mitigation system

Test results showed that teens driving the prototype cars generally showed improvement, and it was viewed as both useful and safety-enhancing by parents and teens.   

While “Safer Teen Cars” are not yet available for purchase, there is technology available today that monitors many driving elements, such as GPS location and speed.  However, the systems available today often do not deliver real-time feedback to the drivers in harmony, instead relying on reporting mechanisms that parents need to follow-up and review.

Today, the best way parents can influence the safety of their teens and other drivers on the road is by spending time with them in the car and providing valuable driving advice in context.  

If you were involved in a car accident and need help with your claim, email personal injury attorney John Webb at jwebb@smithwelchlaw.com or call 770-389-4864. Smith, Welch, Webb and White is recognized as a premier law firm throughout the state of Georgia. We have investigated hundreds of automobile collisions and have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for injured clients and families of those killed in wrongful death accidents. Our team of experts routinely handles a wide range of legal matters, and will provide outstanding service for you, your family or your business.

 

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