Discussing Vehicle Tracking Devices With Your Teen
At first thought, it seems unlikely that any teenager would actually agree to letting a parent install a GPS tracking device to their vehicle. Why would a teen driver want a parent to know everywhere they are going, who they are hanging out with and the speeds they are driving? The answer is simple, freedom.
Parents are influential in every aspect of a teen’s life, providing guidance, shelter, food and financial assistance. When most teens receive their first set of keys, Mom and Dad usually are the ones who purchased the vehicle, or at the very least are helping pay for the monthly car insurance payments. By helping a teen pay for the cost of a vehicle or the insurance payments many teens struggle to pay for themselves, parents are empowered. Parents are the puppet masters and have the ability to pull strings, placing contingencies upon the teen driver for a variety of reasons.
If a teen doesn’t get good grades: bye-bye car keys.
If a teen gets in trouble with friends: bye-bye parental assistance in paying for car insurance.
How many parents are getting teens to agree to place GPS tracking systems on their vehicle is by providing reinforcing contingencies. First, a parent sits down with the teen driver and has a discussion about driving safety, GPS tracking technology and finances. The parent explains that they want to help pay for the teen’s first vehicle or their monthly insurance payments, however, they want to make certain that the teen is being safe. The parent then explains how GPS tracking technology can provide the verification that the teen is adhering to the rules of the road. They also explain how a vehicle tracking system can act as a theft recovery device, and potentially result in the teen receiving lower monthly insurance payments.
The teen is given two options, take the freedom along with the tracking device or continue using chevro-legs to get from point A to point B.
Not surprisingly, teens are saying yes to GPS tracking.
Ryan Horban is a guest author who specializes in writing about GPS technology and monitoring devices for Tracking System Direct.