Sunday, December 17, 2006

Vehicle Security and Tracking

By Jeffrey Stoker

SUMMARY: A GPS tracking unit is the latest in personal vehicle locating and tracking that will give the end user the ability to locate and track their vehicle with any Internet connected computer, or now their cell phone.

It’s ten o’clock; do you know where your children are…and how fast they’re traveling? Since its inception, the driver’s license has been a rite of passage from the teenage into the adult years and has always struck terror in the hearts of parents. There is a way to help parent through these times. Seems impossible? Imagine if you had the ability to instantly know the location of your car and child and how fast she traveled to get where she was going.

This is exactly what a GPS tracking system will do for you and your peace of mind. Technology that was developed for the United States Military is now available for families; offering a comfort and tranquility uncommon in parents of teenage drivers. The system follows vehicle movement – anywhere in North America, at any time – and generates an online location report of the vehicle’s last known position, including the street address if available. The printable report includes the amount of time the vehicle was at a location, the speeds en route and the direction in which the vehicle was traveling.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute, “Teen drivers have the highest crash risk of any age group. Per mile traveled, they have the highest involvement rates in all types of crashes, from those involving only property damage to those that are fatal.” Many of these crashes result from inexperienced drivers operating vehicles under dangerously excessive speeds. With statistics like these parents owe it to themselves to know how fast their children are driving, especially if high rates of speed are often the reason for serious accidents. With a tracking unit installed, it doesn’t just give parents crucial information; it puts parents in the car with their child -- at all times. The next time 16 year old Johnny considers testing the maximum speed of the family mini van, he may think twice and decide he’s not ready to pay the consequences once he pulls into the driveway for the night. It would be nice if we as parents could always be with our children when they are driving.

Careless driving is only one of the aspects that cause parents undue distress. The other is not knowing where our children are once they have left our house. Safety Track takes this wondering out of your day and night. At any time, parents can log on to a secure website and access a detailed map showing exactly where their car is located, providing their child has not left the North American continent. Try visualizing the feeling you will experience when you can see for yourself, from the comfort of your home computer, that Susie is at the high school basketball game and not out at the local fraternity party. Not only that, but you will be informed of the time she left the game as well.

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