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Back to school with teenage drivers

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We all remember what it's like to feel the newfound freedom and joy of being able to drive ourselves to school, activities and maybe even our first job. But, as a parent, we likely have a different viewpoint. Even with the most responsible teens, it's a major milestone. Fortunately, there are ways to make this transition a little more manageable for both parents and children.

U. S. Cellular has several resources that can help families with young drivers. One is U.S. Cellular's Vehicle Monitoring System. After putting the easy-to-install module in the car, parents can use the app on their 4G LTE iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S6 or any tablet, to check a vehicle's location on a map, as well as decipher engine codes to be aware of mechanical issues. You'll know where your teenager is at any time of day, and whether the car needs an oil change.

Another option for parents with teen drivers is U.S. Cellular's Parent-Child Agreement (http://www.childphoneagreement.com/). This resource was created to help facilitate a conversation with families around acceptable use of mobile devices. According to a recent Better Moments survey, 82 percent of parents surveyed do have rules about their kids' cellphone use.

The agreement is customizable and parents can use the agreement to set certain parameters for phone use such as maintain a certain GPA, no phones at the dinner table or other items that are specific to your family. This agreement can make it simple for parents and kids to understand expectations to keep their smartphones and their cars keys. Because moms, dads and teenagers can agree in writing that young drivers should not use their cellphones while driving, parents can be at ease. Kids can learn to manage their time and understand the importance of responsible driving. Where and when young drivers are allowed to take the car is something else that can be added to the Parent-Child Agreement.

The combination of powerful, easy-to-use solutions and a reliable network such as the U.S. Cellular's 4G LTE network with nationwide coverage gives kids freedom and parents peace of mind.

4G LTE service provided through King Street Wireless, a partner of U.S. Cellular. LTE is a trademark of ETSI.

Last modified on Tuesday, 11 August 2015 18:28

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