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IN THE NEWS: FORMER FIRST LADY LAURA BUSH TALKS ABOUT FATAL 1963 TEEN CAR CRASH Laura Bush has opened up publicly for the first time about a life-altering car accident she had when she was 17 which killed a high school friend in Texas. In her new book, “Spoken From The Heart”, Bush discusses the crash she caused when she ran a stop sign in her father’s car, slamming into another vehicle and killing Mike Douglas, a star athlete and popular student at her high school. Bush admitted that she and a friend were chatting when she ran the stop sign. She says she has been haunted by guilt and by the memory of the crash all of her adult life. She goes on to say the sound of Douglas's mother crying, heard through the thin curtain in the emergency room, has remained with her. * New York Times www.teentrakker.com 3
TEEN DRIVER STATISTICS: - The #1 cause of teen deaths is car accidents . - Over 5000 teens ages 16-20 die due to fatal injuries caused by car accidents each year. - Approximately 400,000 drivers ages 16-20 will be seriously injured in accidents, annually. - 16 – 19 year olds have the highest risk of being in an accident. - 16 – 19 year olds are 4 times more likely than other drivers to be involved in a car crash. - Teens are 10% of the US population, but account for 14% of all fatal car accidents . - 60% of 16 -18 year old drivers will be in a police-reported collision. - Teen drivers ages 16 –19 are 4 times more likely than older drivers to crash. - There is an 89.2% chance of having a crash within the first 3 years of driving. - There is a 52.5% chance of your teen having 2 crashes within the first 3 years of driving. - Over 50% of all teen deaths from car accidents occur between 3pm and midnight , and 54% occur on weekends . www.teentrakker.com 4
WHY TEEN DRIVERS ARE AT GREATER RISK*: - They over-estimate their driving abilities. - They under-estimate hazardous driving situations. - They are less able than more mature drivers to recognize dangerous situations. - They are more likely to speed and tailgate. - Teens lack the judgment and experience of more mature drivers. - Teens have the lowest rate of seatbelt use among all drivers. - The presence of teen passengers increases the crash risk of unsupervised teen drivers. This risk increases with the number of additional teen passengers. * National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) www.teentrakker.com 5
TRADITIONAL DRIVER TRAINING: - A few hours a week of driving school lessons. - Occasional practice in parking lots or through the neighborhood. - Driver education course in high school (if still available at your school). - Studying the basic DMV manual. IS THIS ENOUGH? DOES THIS MAKE YOUR TEEN A GOOD DRIVER? www.teentrakker.com 6
WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING**: - A minimum of 50 hours of supervised practice. - Begin with 15-20 minute practice sessions. - Increase sessions to 1 hour during daylight. - Progress driving sessions to nighttime. - Begin practicing in poor weather conditions. - A night time restriction on driving. - A restriction on carrying additional teen passengers. COMMUNICATION PROVIDES YOU WITH CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF YOUR TEEN DRIVER’S AWARENESS: - Ask them what they notice: stop signs, traffic lights, etc. - Ask where their lines of vision might be impaired. - Ask if there is a vehicle behind them. ** State Farm Insurance www.teentrakker.com 7
RESEARCH SHOWS PARENT-TEEN INTERACTION MAY DECREASE ACCIDENTS BY 50%:
Researchers found teens are half as likely to crash and far less likely to engage in risky driving behavior if their parents set clear rules, pay attention to where they are going, who they will be with, and when they will be home in a supportive way.
Risky behavior includes:
- The researchers also found that teens who reported being the main driver of a car were twice as likely to have been in a crash than teens who said they share a car with other family members. Reported by Philadelphia Inquirer September 28, 2009. Research by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and State Farm Insurance Companies - drinking and driving - using a cell phone while driving - speeding www.teentrakker.com 8
PARENTING TIPS TO KEEP TEEN DRIVERS SAFE*: According to recent research of teen views on driving, teens who say their parents set rules and pay more attention to their activities in a helpful, supportive way are half as likely to be in a crash. This balanced approach to parenting is called authoritative parenting. - Set clear rules, boundaries and expectations. But don’t just say, “Do as I say,” … explain the reasoning. - It’s about safety, not control. Make sure they understand rules are in place for their safety, not control. - Be responsive. Listen to their concerns and, when appropriate, modify expectations to fit circumstances. - Recognize their need to become independent. Reward responsible behavior with greater privileges. - Let them know you can be counted on for help and support. How a parent shows support may be different from family to family, but it’s important teens know you can be relied on. - Pay attention. To help teens make good safety decisions, keep the lines of communication open. Know where they are going and why, and discuss how they will get there and when they will be home. Provide alternatives to allow them to avoid unsafe driving situations. - Lead by example. Follow the rules of the road. Always wear a seatbelt. Don’t talk on a cell phone while driving. Don’t speed. * American Academy of Pediatrics www.teentrakker.com 9
SET HOUSE RULES TO KEEP YOUR TEEN DRIVER SAFE - Seatbelts EVERY TIME … driver and passengers. - NO cell phone use while driving - speaking, or texting! - Follow driving laws - including SPEED LIMITS. - Do not drive while impaired or ride as a passenger with an impaired driver. - No peer passengers, only adults passengers. Include siblings after six months of driving. - No nighttime driving. Gradually increase driving curfew after practicing driving at night with your teen. - No high speed roads - highways, interstates, etc. - No driving in bad weather. - Control the keys. Teens need to ask for the keys (even for their own vehicle). www.teentrakker.com *Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia 10
TEEN TRAKKER TO THE RESCUE! - This easy "plug and play" interface includes a variety of features, including real-time vehicle tracking, digital mapping, speed alerts, and active boundary notification. Data is immediately relayed in real time to the cell phone via text message or available on the parents' computer. - Given the capacity to monitor teenage driving, TEENTRAKKER will greatly assist parents in dramatically reducing the staggering statistics related to teen driver accidents and fatalities. - Due to the high risk associated with new driver behavior and ability, TEENTRAKKER is the ideal solution. Having the capacity to monitor speed, rapid acceleration, and hard braking, as well as the capacity to set geo-fencing territory boundaries, TEENTRAKKER will help create a more responsible and dependable driver. With the advantage of today's modern technology, parents will now have much broader knowledge about the driving hazards and pitfalls that await their children, and will finally be able to be proactive in correcting them. www.teentrakker.com - TMG SYSTEMS, LLC unveiled TEENTRAKKER, a state-of-the-art GPS tracking solution, for parents who want to promote teen driver safety. By using this palm-sized and cost efficient device, parents can now experience more safety and security while exercising better control over the whereabouts of the teen-driven vehicle 11
Identifies bad driving habits related to speed, aggressive driving & whereabouts.
Encourages parents to use the information as an ideal opportunity to educate & correct potential problems that put teens at risk,and assist them to become better drivers.
Through ongoing communication,teen will become a more responsible, dependable driver who will be accountable & possess the tools to make smarter decisions both before getting behind the wheel and while driving.
Arms parents with an increased level of trust, confidence, and peace of mind while their teen is driving.
Provides a balance of constant teen supervision via online mapping & reports.
BENEFITS OF THE TEENTRAKKER MONITORING SYSTEM www.teentrakker.com
- See real-time, precise vehicle GPS tracking
- Monitor family driving behaviors
- Set speed limit boundaries
- Set aggressive acceleration & deceleration limits
Most insurance companies offer some type of discount for anti-theft devices. GPS qualifies in this category. Contact your insurance company for details about current discounts. Below is a current list of insurance companies offering a discount for anti-theft tracking devices:
21 st Century up to 12% Liberty Mutual up to 25%
AAA up to 18% Mercury up to 30%
AIG up to 15% Nationwide up to 10%
Allstate up to 10% Progressive up to 15%
Farmers up to 15% Safeco up to 10%
Firemans Fund up to 5% Prudential up to 5%
Geico up to 10% USAA up to 33%
Georgia Farm up to 15% Wawanesa up to 15%
Some states have mandated anti – theft device discounts: Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Texas.
**Discounts apply to comprehensive coverage and will vary by state. Not all applicants will qualify as each carrier has unique underwriting guidelines.
**Source: National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC)
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