Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - If you're a parent of a teenager with car keys, you're probably familiar with the anxiety that comes when your child takes the wheel. You might also know that vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers.
So, parents take note – a device called DriveCam is making it possible for you to monitor your child's driving, even when you're not there.
"You see the video with audio. So, it's forward facing and rear facing and you see who is in the car and what happened," said Pat Huston, Assistant District Engineer for MnDOT District 1 and father of teen drivers.
Free through Huston's insurance company, he installed the DriveCam when his daughter Kelcy was almost 17.
The DriveCam's recording is triggered by movements like sharp turns and slamming on the brakes. The DriveCam program then sends the video to the parents who are able to review it and use it to talk with their teens about safe driving.
"We're comfortable that our kids are driving safely," said Huston, "And when something happens we can discuss it with them. So, it does become a teaching moment."
An independent third party reviews the footage and provides feedback.
Huston says the DriveCam has been shown to reduce risky driving behaviors by 70–percent.
"Nobody's going to be perfect, but yes. My driving is different [now] from when I first started driving," said Kelcy Huston, Pat's daughter, "I think having this [the DriveCam] makes it so people think, 'okay that's actually not okay for you to be doing.'"
"Really, we wanted to see how the driving was first-hand and be able to help both of our kids be good drivers and safe drivers and not be a statistic," said Pat.
Huston gets a ten-percent discount on his insurance for using the camera.
You can find more information on the DriveCam on their website by clicking here.