Want to keep an eye on your newly licensed teen? Thanks to new, hi-tech developments, parents can now track and record their child's driving behavior from the comfort of their own home with the DriveCam device.
"If your child slams on the brakes or swerves, it records the 10 seconds before and the 10 seconds after," pediatrician Dr. Scott Cohen says. "You can download it, and then you can start a discussion, which I think that's the most important part. You're starting a discussion with your family and your [children] about safe driving. You're showing that you're interested in what your kids are doing."
"I certainly would have modified my driving behaviors if I knew my parents were watching," E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork says.
Rick and Annie Woods and their teenage daughters, Sarah and Emily, have used two the DriveCam device with both of them.
"[With the DriveCam devices installed], I'm more careful with turns and if I go too fast," Sarah, 17, says.
When Sarah was in an accident with another car, the surveillance technology recorded the incident, and the video helped prove she was not at fault.
Annie adds, "Studies show that it decreases accident rates by 70 percent, so as a parent, I think it's every parent's responsibility to put one in their kid's car. I really do, and it absolutely changes the way they drive."