US Report Suggests Parents Should Watch Their Kids Driving

Mon 16th Sep 2019

Using a dashcam to monitor the driving habits is being encouraged in an effort to reduce young driver accidents new research suggests.

A study, which has been commissioned by the RAC Foundation shows that by allowing parents access to footage from dashcams and other devices will make young drivers behave more responsible behind the wheel. 

The research which was conducted by Dr Bruce Simons-Morton from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Maryland, US, suggests that young drivers are less likely to get distracted if they know their parents are watching.

Some insurance companies insist that young drivers install hardware into their car to monitor driving behaviours, which look erratic and dangerous manouveres by monitoring g-forces in the car.

Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, commented: “This report doesn’t suggest that dash cam footage replaces Strictly or The Voice as regular Saturday night family viewing, but it does argue that greater parental appreciation of what their children get up behind the wheel can be beneficial.

“Whilst teenagers may baulk at the idea of mum and dad effectively supervising their every trip, a constant parental presence, delivered through technology, has been shown to moderate risky behaviour behind the wheel.

“Every parent of a young driver wants their child to drive safely without having to be in the car themselves, but through ‘black box’ telematics and dash cam technology virtual supervision can have a big impact.”