While technology is advancing, it does not take the place
of good driving practices and close parental supervision.
You are the key in creating a safe driver.
Text messaging while driving is one of the leading causes of car crashes and is illegal while driving in New Jersey. There is a variety of smart phone apps designed to help reduce distractions while your teen is driving and keep their passengers safer on the road.
- AT&T DriveMode Free app for AT&T, Blackberry, and Android users. Sends automatic “out of office” replies to texts and emails when vehicle moves faster than 25 mph; sends incoming calls to voicemail, intended to ensure drivers are not distracted by cell phones when operating a vehicle.
- Can’tText Incoming text alerts automatically responded to with a pre-written message the user selects.
- Road Ready Free iTunes app by Safe Roads Alliance, Inc. Logs teen driving during Learner’s Permit phase & provides a way to ensure experience in a variety of conditions before driving independently.
- Safe Driver Designed with parents in mind, monitors teen’s driving habits, including speed and location. If the young driver exceeds the designated speed limit, it notifies the parent via text or email alert.
- Sprint Drive First Detects when you are driving and responds to calls & texts to let your friends know.
- Steer Clear Mobile From State Farm. Part of a comprehensive program that helps reinforce good driving behaviors for young drivers under the age of 25. Participants may be eligible for insurance discounts.
- WiseDrive Automatically detects when vehicle moves at high speed, disables audio text messaging notifications and replies to inform the contact that person is not available.
Vehicle equipped technology
Motor vehicles incorporate technology such as antilock breaking systems, traction control, electronic stability systems, and back-up sensing systems to help avoid crashes. In addition, select car models come equipped with advanced safety features.
- Ford “Mykey™” System helps parents encourage teenagers to drive responsibly. Program your key to a restricted driving mode setting that promotes good habits, such as increasing seat belt use, limiting vehicle top speeds and decreasing audio volume.
- Chevrolet Teen Driver System The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu will debut Teen Driver, a system that provides parents with a tool to help encourage safe driving habits for their kids, even when they are not in the car with them. Teen Driver supports safe driving habits by muting the audio of the radio or any device paired with the vehicle when front seat occupants aren’t wearing their safety belts, and it gives audible and visual warnings when the vehicle is traveling faster than preset speeds.
- Keyless Ignition Systems More and more manufacturers are adding Keyless Ignition Systems to their vehicles, which usually consist of a device (also known as a key fob or FOB) carried by the driver, taking over the functions of a traditional metal key.
After market technology
Studies have shown that teenagers engage in risky behavior when parents are not in the car. So, what can parents do to ensure that their teen driver is driving safely even when they are not in the car? After market technology has been developed to address risk factors that contribute to teen crashes and can offer parents the ability to track their teen’s driving behavior. Current technology addresses driving skills, speed, seat belt usage, number of passengers in the car, cell phone usage, and intoxicated driving.
- Drive Cam is a tiny video camera installed behind your rear view mirror. It is often referred to as the “black box” of automobiles. It continuously records sights and sounds both inside and outside the vehicle. For more information on Drive Cam systems, visit the following sites:
• Drive Cam
• Smile, You’re on DriveCam
• Teen Safe Driver
- GPS tracking devices
GPS tracking can provide information related to speed, seatbelt usage, passengers in the vehicle, and location. Parents can use this information to correct potential problems that put their teen at risk. The following are examples of GPS tracking systems:
- Cell phone blocks
Technology exists today that can prevent teens from using a cell phone when driving. An override is available in the event of an emergency. Please check with your cell phone carrier for this feature, or learn more at these websites:
• Key2SafeDriving Prevents individuals from texting and/or talking on cell phones when car is in use
- Intoxicated driving monitors
New Jersey has a strict “zero-tolerance” policy for underage drinking. Technology does exist for individuals to monitor their blood alcohol level to prevent impaired driving.
• iBreath Alcohol Breathalyzer iPod accessory that allows individuals to take their own alcohol breath test
• B4Udrink.mobi Estimates blood alcohol level can be accessed by cell phone, Blackberry, and smartphone
Technology is just one aspect of safety. It is still crucial to keep your car in good working condition. View sample of a standard safety car check.