Teensurance Helps Parents Monitor Teen’s Driving


Curfews and strict rules are part of the teen driving experience, but a new system being launched in Seattle, Wash., allows parents to make sure kids follow those rules.

It’s called Teensurance, and it’s a little black box with a GPS device that’s installed under the dash.

If your teen driver speeds, or breaks curfew, for example, Teensurance will give the parents a call, telling them what your teen is doing.

“They can set up Teensurance to notify me every morning, for instance, when my daughter reaches school,” explained Matt Gertmenian, Teensurance Project Manager.

Safeco Insurance is rolling out the device in Seattle, Wash., before other locations. For a monthly fee, Seattle parents can monitor their teenaged driver’s speed and where they are, in real time, both online and on their cell phones.

“We’re about changing the conversation at home, between the teenager and the parents, and the parents and the teenager,” explained Jim Havens, with Safeco.

Safeco said the device will not lower insurance rates and insists the company has no plans to share with police any information stored.

The cost is $14.99-a-month through Safeco. In addition, Teensurance also lets parents program their cell phones to unlock the car if their teenager gets locked out.

Safeco launches the service in Seattle at the end of the month.

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