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Technology allowing parents to keep tabs on teen driving

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

A new technology is allowing parents to keep a watchful eye on their teen's driving behavior.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Seven teens die every day from car accidents in the United States. It's the number one cause for teen deaths each year.

The United Services Automobile Association (USAA) is trying to give parents peace of mind by providing a teen coaching tool called Young Drivers Intelligence that incorporates telematic technology.

"You simply plug into your onboard diagnostic port and the program provides actual driving feedback to parents that they use to engage teens in discussions that promote safe driving," says George Drew, Assistant Vice President of Loss Prevention & Safety at USAA.

Telematics is a general term that refers to any device which combines information and communications technology.

The telematics device tracks a driver's behavior behind the wheel. Parents can have notifications sent to them via text or email.

"Many of our members are deployed all over the world, so the deployed parent can actually dial in and get these statistics," says Drew. "When they are having a conversation with their son or daughter they can help in the coaching too."

There are a variety of notifications to choose from, such as when the vehicle moves in or out of a predetermined area, when the driver exceeded the speed limit, and much more.

"The driver gets a numeric grading," says Drew. "It goes from zero to a hundred. It tells them how safe they drove."

Parents can choose to receive detailed driving reports monthly, weekly, daily, or hourly.

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