Statistical evidence over the past couple years have proven that a "How's My Driving?" sign helps increase more-responsible driving, and now with teen accidents on the rise, Text Them In, Inc. is looking to use these signs to help teen drivers. Insurance companies, who have been pushing to increase the minimum driving age, especially have looked to limit the accidents that teen drivers get into; in 2006, 3490 drivers age 15-20 died in car crash. High school teens from age 15-17 were involved in 974,000 crashes with 406,427 involved in injuries. The economic impact of these accidents was over $40 billion, and at the end of the day insurance companies are the ones looking at the bill.
With driver reporting methods such as the "How'd My Driving?" signs, statistics have shown a reduction in vehicle crashes of up to 22% along with a 52% reduction in crash-related costs. These numbers are gathered from fleet operators who have consistently seen lower vehicle accidents and have been able to save on insurance claims and premiums.
Text Them In, Inc. works by placing a "How's My Driving?" bumper sticker on the vehicles used by teen drivers. If teen drivers are seen driving irresponsibly, parents will instantly receive a text message and/or e-mail notifying them of such acts. It is through parent-teen interaction that Text Them In, Inc. hopes will teach teens to drive in a more responsible manner. Because teen drivers know they can be reported at all times, it is hoped they will drive more responsibly to avoid aggravation and confrontations.
Registration for the program can be done at http://www.howsmydrivingforteens.com. As a financial incentive, parents enrolling their vehicles through their school or youth organization will have 50% of their annual enrollment fee of $48 donated back to the school or organization.