The study, In-Vehicle Monitoring and the Driving Behavior of Teenagers conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), found that “electronic monitoring of teenage drivers can reduce the incidence of risky behavior, especially seat belt nonuse, which declined in all treatment conditions.”
IIHS also found that teens were less likely to speed when they received alerts about their behavior, believed their speeding would not be reported to their parents if corrected, or when behaviors were being reported to their parents.
This research means that teens are more likely to drive safer when they think they will get into trouble. It also means that positive peer pressure can still be a valuable asset in getting teens to listen about safe driving.
So what can you do?
- Tell your friends to be careful, and not just because they can get into trouble, but because they could get hurt or hurt someone else.
- Practice safe driving habits and maybe your friends will pick up on them.
- If you’re in the car with your friends remind them to put on their seat belt, slow down, or put the cell phone down.
Read the full study [PDF] and check out t-driver.com for more ways to help your friends stay safe.