Sprint M2M OBD2 Devices Can Curb Teens Texting and Driving
Are you a safe driver? Is your teen a safe driver? Apparently, we think we are, that much is for sure. 99 percent of Americans (according to a Ford Motor Company Survey) think they are not the problem, that they are safe drivers. Based on accident statistics, I'm pretty sure they are full of something. It's 2013 though, and safe driving has met with mobile technology and the result has been nothing short of devastating. According to the National Safety Council, there have been 781,055 crashes this year involving drivers using cell phones and texting. Wait, that just changed to 781,056. I'm pretty sure whomever was in that accident was the safe one. The good news is, Sprint might have had a solution for us all along in the form of OBD2 (On Board Diagnostics) devices on their M2M network.
For parents though, while many are guilty of texting and driving, we worry more about our teen drivers. Not only are they only just getting started on the gauntlet of the driving arena (there are so many variables they can't even begin to consider), they are a generation that almost never puts their phone down. Texting and driving results in 11 teen deaths a day alone, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Teens are dying because they can't put their phones down in the car. Adults are getting in accidents because they can't put their phones down in the car. People just don't seem to understand that it can wait. While states like Florida are passing ineffective laws, the problem just keeps getting worse. Texting and driving is more of a distraction that drinking and driving. A Virginia Tech Transportation Institute study found that drivers looking at their devices while driving, mostly in the texting or email function resulted in an average 4.6 second period in which a driver’s eyes were not focused on the road. At an average speed of 55mph, that's about the length of a football field. That's a long time to not be looking at the road.
So back to the OBD2 devices. Sprint's MSM (mobile to mobile) Network offers a very simple way for parents to keep their teens safe. After all, if 99 percent of Americans claim to be safe drivers, that means that your teen is probably one of them. Chances are though, they aren't the safest driver on the road, and neither are you. Sprint has developed several mobile wireless solutions to keep drivers safe, but consumers just might not realize how easy these devices are to obtain. For years the insurance companies have been using OBD2 devices to track fleet vehicles. Sprint has these devices available to insurance companies through their Usage Based Insurance programs. Little known fact — these devices are also available to consumers. All you have to do is ask your insurance carrier.Continued on the next page