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Old 06-29-2007, 03:56 PM
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Default Parents of teenage drivers. What do you think of this??

Just an informal poll on what parents of teenage or close to teenage drivers think about this program. Remember, the insurance company does not and cannot have access to any data for rating purposes.

For $14.99/month, the insurance company will install a GPS device in your childs car (no charge for the first device or installation). You will be able to go online and see where the car is at any time. You can also get an email or text message when the car exceeds a set speed limit or goes outside a set boundary. It also offers a comprehensive roadside assistance program, remote door unlock (like onstar) and a good bit of other things.

My question. If you had the option, would you pay the extra $15/month to add this service to your childs vehicle? Remember, the insurance company will not and cannot use any of the data for rating purposes.



http://www.teensurance.com/ts/
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Old 06-29-2007, 04:06 PM
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I like the idea of installing a GPS that is always on and records the same info. I guess you might lose the real time capabilities of knowing what is going on, but my boys will understand that I'll be checking up on them and if a rule is broken the car is sold on the first offense, no questions asked.

I still have a few years though. Their combined age is 5.
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Old 06-29-2007, 04:07 PM
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Nextel offers the same kind of thing, you can track the phone with the gps. I would only use something like that if I had reason to suspect he was up to something beyond the normal teenage stuff.
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NO, because simply put, I think this portion is a bunch of bold face bullchit - "Remember, the insurance company will not and cannot use any of the data for rating purposes. "

Anyone want to buy a bridge?
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I would not.
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Old 06-29-2007, 05:03 PM
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I would not. No one tracked me when I was young and I don't see a need to track anyone else. I don't see anything to be garnered from tracking a child other than their loss of faith and trust in their parents. I suppose next people will want to have chips implanted in all of us so we can watch each other, businesses watch their employees, gov't watch their citizens and on and on and on... This is something society is loosing fast...the freedom of movement in an individuals life. Now we want to willingly impose these kinds of chains on our family members. Have we all lost trust in our children that we wish to spy on them every minute? Ok...rant off.


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no, if i have reason not to trust them i'll pull it from them.they have my trust if they lose it it will be for good reason and the'll walk or take the bus
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Personally I think this is for anal retentive parents, you can not keep a teenager from doing things for the most part and I would not have wanted that on my car when I was a teenager and I think I turned out fine.
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Unfortunately, there is aleays a "flip-side" to stuff like this. [img]../images/emoticons/rolleyes.gif[/img]
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Old 06-29-2007, 05:54 PM
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When my daughter starts driving in about 10 years I will seriously consider it. My child, my experiment. I think that driving today is a lot more demanding than it was 20-30 years ago when i started.
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A parent programmable rev limiter and top speed cutoff would help. You could make them drive like old ladies. But I'm sure they'd find a way around it.
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It comes under trust...If my child has broken my trust, then yes depending... Just to do it probably not..
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If you don't trust your kids to follow your direction's then don't give them a car/gun.

If you want someone to track them put them in the Marines.

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Old 06-29-2007, 08:39 PM
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Call me "anal retentive" then, your damn right I would do it. Its my child and it is my job to keep him safe. If it can help me keep track of him and how he is driving then so be it, driving is much more than it was when most of us where children, cell phones, ipods, video players in car etc., etc.. We have already discussed that driving is a privilege not at a right, he has to earn it and when he is allowed to drive, he is only allowed to have 1 person in the car with him, that way he doesn't have to worry about what's going on in the back seat and can pay more attention to what's ahead of him.

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Ps- I trust him, but I dont trust anyone else with him, peer pressure is a powerfull thing.
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Domino Effect - 6/29/2007 8:39 PM

Call me "anal retentive" then, your damn right I would do it. Its my child and it is my job to keep him safe. If it can help me keep track of him and how he is driving then so be it, driving is much more than it was when most of us where children, cell phones, ipods, video players in car etc., etc.. We have already discussed that driving is a privilege not at a right, he has to earn it and when he is allowed to drive, he is only allowed to have 1 person in the car with him, that way he doesn't have to worry about what's going on in the back seat and can pay more attention to what's ahead of him.

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Ps- I trust him, but I dont trust anyone else with him, peer pressure is a powerfull thing.
No you don't...you don't trust him. Or you wouldn't even consider the GPS thingy.

By the way, unless you watch the location for every single minute he's not there then what information are you going to garner? And remember, you can only react AFTER the fact of seeing it. So if he's speeding and you do look in, by the time you dial the phone (which he shouldn't be answering while driving) it may just be too late. No...it won't help. And you're supposedly dealing with an adult...not a child. Or he/she shouldn't be driving in the first place.


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Being an anal retentive parent has much greater negative repercussions then trusting your own child in a responsible manner.
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Old 06-29-2007, 09:19 PM
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Its a good thing. Just b/c you have it does not necessarily constitute distrust or the fact that you must constantly check it. Its a good check and balance. Good driving results in rewards of some fashion and it does not hurt to know where your kids car is...I just call it peace of mind. If we all trusted our kids 100% to do the right things, there would be no reason for curfews and birth control. I can say this, some crap that I done while 16 and behind the wheel...I should be dead and I am very fortunate to have made it through those early years. If I had known that when I got home, my dad would know about my 100 mph. run, my driving habits would have been much different. Who doesnt ( honestly ) want to know where their 16 year old daughters car is.....??? I do and have no problem saying so. If im anal...well tuff shiittt...they could get over it or not drive.....
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You can do it on your own without the big bad insurance companies getting involved. It is a matter of trust but how do you establish trust if you have no way to check it from time to time? I hear all this talk about "their rights". They ain't got no rights when they are living under my roof and driving my car.

A family isn't a democracy, it's a benevolent dictatorship. We do our best to stay benevolent.
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Shag - 6/29/2007 9:29 PMYou can do it on your own without the big bad insurance companies getting involved. It is a matter of trust but how do you establish trust if you have no way to check it from time to time? I hear all this talk about "their rights". They ain't got no rights when they are living under my roof and driving my car.A family isn't a democracy, it's a benevolent dictatorship. We do our best to stay benevolent.
Well said. No parent should blindly trust a teenager. Folks touting thier "rights" either have no kids or they have complete poindexters.

"Trust, but verify" is a good policy. Blind trust is a bad policy. All teenagers do stupid things. ALL.


"If I have reason to not trust them I'll take the car away". Right, if everyone did that no kids would drive because every parent should eye teens suspicioulsy.



I would consider this product.
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Old 06-29-2007, 11:47 PM
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I agree with RI Builder.

Wanna venture a guess what would happen if say, they noticed that the car in question exceeded 100MPH every now and again?

If you find it necessary to monitor your kids' every move, a mirror might come in more handy than a GPS...
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