SAN ANGELO, TX — A teenager earning his or her driver’s license is one of the most exciting times of their life. It is a rite of passage into adulthood. On the other hand, parents tend to worry a bit more when their child is behind the wheel. With the high usage of cell phones combined with negligent drivers, parents have every right to worry.
“Starting your teen out with some safe driving tips is essential to helping them stay safe on the road,” says Hank Stout, personal injury attorney from Sutliff & Stout, Injury & Accident Law Firm. With the advancement of technology, driving apps have become resourceful in monitoring your teens driving behaviors. These recommended apps will minimize the likelihood that your teen will text and drive, speed, and can help in emergency situations.
TrueMotion Family Safe Driving: Available for Android and iOS (get it here)
With TrueMotion Family is a family-oriented driving app that tracks and scores each driver’s behavior. The app will provide a member’s route, location, speed limit, and phone usage.
AT&T Drive Mode: Available for Android and iOS (get it here)
AT&T’s free DriveMode app automatically turns on whenever your teen is driving and the car is moving at least 15 MPH. While driving, it silences incoming text messages and phone calls. It will send an auto response to users. If the teen driver decides to turn off the app or disable other safety features, parents will receive a notification. This app is open to all users, even if you’re not an AT&T subscriber.
RoadReady: Available for iOS (get it here)
The RoadReady app is part of The Parent’s Supervised Driving Program that offers parents and teens an easy, educational and convenient way to log the state required supervised driving time. The app tracks your teen’s driving time and weather conditions. The website also provides a printed and digital driving curriculum.
Hum by Verizon: Available for Android and iOS (get it here)
Hum provides vehicle diagnostic, location sharing, speed alerts, and 24/7 roadside assistance. If Hum detects a crash, it can automatically notify emergency services and send help your way.
Hum is only for Verizon Wireless customers. Similar products with mobile carriers include SyncUp Drive with T-Mobile and Sprint Drive.
Autobrain: Available for Android and iOS (get it here)
Autobrain is a device developed by a first responder with safety in mind. In the event of a crash, Autobrain alerts 911 immediately and sends them to your exact location. Other standout roadside assistance features include free lockout services, dead battery boost, emergency fuel delivery, tire change, and four 15-mile tows per year.
Autobrain comes with a 30 day free trial, then $9.97 a month per device.
Life360: Available for Android and iOS (get it here)
Life 360 allows you to connect with family and friends when you are on the go. The app provides a weekly driving analysis that includes phone usage, rapid acceleration, hard braking and excessive speed. In addition, it has roadside assistance along with crash and emergency response system.
Mama Bear: Available for Android and iOS (get it here)
MamaBear provides parents with a robust all-in-one safety and awareness tool. The app allows you to set a speed limit and it will notify you when the vehicle exceeds the speed limit whether your child is the driver or the passenger. MamaBear gives you the ability to set locations and receive arrival and departure notifications. The app features social media and text message monitoring that allows you to keep track of followers, pictures, and mentions.