Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Barely Legal Drivers

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Barely Legal Drivers

Britain’s young drivers are some of the most dangerous in Europe. Now BBC Three turns its cameras on unsuspecting teenagers as they take to the road in the family car. Believing they are filming a slice of modern teenage life, the rookie drivers are unaware that their parents will be watching every manoeuvre through state-of-the-art cameras placed in the cars plus a telemetry device tracking their speed.

Each teen takes three road trips geared towards testing every aspect of their driving. At the end, a former traffic cop joins their parents to judge whether they should have a car of their own or more lessons.

First up are two very different characters. Tommy thinks he could give Lewis Hamilton a run for his money, while Chantelle is a prime candidate for anger management. Tommy’s behaviour both in and out of the car is a cause for concern for his parents as he inflates condoms, snogs his way round clubs and even gets breathalysed. Seeing him up close makes dad Ajay want to become a better father. For Chantelle it’s a heady mix of screaming and near misses as she combines her road rage with an addiction for using her phone while driving. It’s uncomfortable viewing for her dad, Mike.

Teentrack have been very interested in this programme as they provided the GPS tracking devices or black boxes used in the programme. With the technology available to monitor the driving of these teenagers, Teentrack had a first hand opportunity to see exactly what was going on instantly as the cars were driven.

If you are are interested in purchasing a tracker used in the programme “Barely Legal Drivers", then please visit our main site for more information about helping your teenager become a safer driver on the roads.


Thursday, 4 October 2012

Learner drivers to learn for at least a year

Finally, common sense prevails.

THE ABI says that people “should be made to learn for at least a year”.

Teentrack fully endorses the idea. Young drivers need to experience different road conditions, weather and be taught how to anticipate new situations with the guidance of experienced drivers. For example, wet roads, snow, dusk, bright sunshine, built up areas etc.

We are not necessarily advocating more expensive driving lessons, but more opportunities to sit in a car getting valuable experience from those who have been on the roads for longer.

Some people are complaining, saying it’s an excuse for more money to be paid out for driving instructors. But ABI have looked at the evidence:

    More crashes take place during the hours of 11pm and 4am.
    The higher the number of passenger, the higher the risk of fatalities
    The use of alcohol and people who are unsure of their limits

So by pushing for change, there can only be one outcome. LESS DEATHS OF YOUNG PEOPLE

What do you think? Let us know your thoughts.