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Keeping teen drivers safe on the road is a priority. Now, a tech device is giving parents insights into how their teens are driving, hoping to improve driver safety.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for American teens. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the risk of a crash is higher among drivers ages 16-19 than any other age group. Crash risk factors for teens include speeding, as well as inexperience in properly estimating or recognizing dangerous driving situations.

With Hum, the all-in-one connected car system, parents can check their child’s driving habits. The tool tracks driving behaviors and provides a safety score that includes information on hard braking, rapid acceleration, sharp cornering, and traveling at high speeds. Hum also offers 24/7 reliable crash response and pinpoint road assistance.

Lisa J. Anderson, of the Hum product marketing team at Verizon, says parents want to know where their children are and that they’re safe.

“Parents feel more at peace knowing that in the event of an incident, emergency services will be immediately dispatched, and, with the driver’s consent, Hum will reach out to the emergency contact, notifying loved ones that the driver was in an incident,” she says.

Hum has two models: Hum+ which includes roadside assistance, crash response, and vehicle diagnostics, and HumX, a more advanced model, that adds on an in-vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot and a speaker with built-in Google Assistant. 

Peace of mind 

The Hum device and app are designed to be used by the whole family. Adults can use it to ensure vehicle health including receiving diagnostic alerts, scheduling vehicle repairs and the ability to set maintenance reminders for oil changes and tire rotations to keep the vehicle road ready. 

Hum can also be used for older family members, such as grandparents, to assess their driving behaviors like hard braking, getting lost often, rapidly accelerating and provides peace of mind to know that HumX provides emergency assistance at the press of a button. 

“Verizon has a special focus on the family,” says Anderson. “In particular, being a strong partner to promote teen driver safety, that is important to us.”

Investing in Hum provides ongoing peace-of-mind with regard to the driving safety of loved ones. To sign up for this high-tech gadget, go to:

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