Becoming a licensed driver is a rite of passage that teenagers look forward to, but also one that can keep parents up at night. On one hand, we parents remember the excitement and freedom we felt when we first got our driver’s license as a teen. On the other, we know the dangers of driving and we want our children to be to be safe and responsible when they are behind the wheel.
As a parent, you are constantly looking for that balance between protecting your kids while also giving them room to handle the responsibilities of driving on their own. You’re looking for peace of mind without coming across as paranoid and controlling, which is why you’re installing Bouncie to monitor your teen's driving habits.
Teenagers, by nature, can be a suspicious bunch. They can view any monitoring or tracking as a lack of trust and an intrusion of their privacy. It’s important that you establish an open line of communication early on about the importance of safety and the expectations that come with the responsibilities of driving. That’s why you want to be upfront with your intention to monitor their driving habits.
Get to Know Bouncie Before Introducing It To Your Teen Driver
A little preparation goes a long way! You should install Bouncie in your own vehicle and use it for a week or two before talking with your teenager about monitoring their driving. By getting comfortable with the smartphone app and all the Bouncie features, you can quickly explain how it works, answer any questions, and overcome any objections. Besides, if it turns out that Bouncie is not a good fit for you and your teenager, Bouncie has a 30-day, no-risk Happiness Guarantee that lets you return the Bouncie device for a full refund.
How to Have "The Talk" With Your Teenager About Bouncie
Now that you're familiar with Bouncie, it's time to have "the talk" about how and why you're going to use it to monitor their driving. Be transparent and up front with the fact that you’re using Bouncie to begin with. Assure them that you will step back your monitoring as they prove through their actions that they are safe and responsible drivers.
Establish Your Trust in Them
The first thing you should explain to them is that you feel that they are truly responsible enough to handle the responsibility that comes with driving. Let them know that you’re looking forward to them driving and that you remember how it felt when you first got behind the wheel.
Remind Them That Driving is a Privilege
Driving is a privilege and it comes with responsibilities. Those responsibilities are not just about obeying traffic laws. Their driving affects passengers not only in their own vehicle, but it also effects other drivers, pedestrians, and the family as a whole.
Reassure Them That It’s About Safety and Not Trust
Explain to them that if you didn’t trust them, you wouldn’t let them drive at all. Explain that this is about safety and reinforcing good driving habits. This is a critical time for reinforcing good driving habits.
Show Them That Bouncie Is More Than A Monitoring Device
Bouncie has an awesome set of features designed to let drivers take full advantage of having a connected vehicle. It’s not just a teenage tracking device. Show your teenagers all the features, such as how to summon roadside assistance and how the GPS tracker can locate the vehicle in case of emergency. Ask your digitally savvy teen for input on how to better integrate the Bouncie device into your digital lifestyle through Amazon Alexa or IFTTT.
Give Your Teenager A Voice By Asking for Their Input
It’s not “my way or the highway.” When it comes to Bouncie alerts, such as hard braking or sudden acceleration, let them know that they will ALWAYS get the opportunity to explain their side of the story. Also, validate their concerns about being monitored. You don’t have to agree with them, but you should always listen and seriously consider what they are saying. When teenagers feel like they have a voice, they tend to be more likely to have open and honest discussions about their driving habits.
Consider Using Bouncie for All Vehicles and All Drivers
When you’re not collaborating with your teenager, he or she will feel singled out and not trusted. Consider including Bouncie in all your vehicles to reinforce the idea that safe driving is a family concern and not just a teenager concern.
For the most part, teenagers understand that they won't get unlimited freedom when they get their driver’s license. By partnering with them and showing them that your intention is that they become safe drivers, they will learn that they can earn your trust by proving that they are being safe on a daily basis.