In Europe, almost half of all parents of learner drivers have supported the black box technology for driving lesson Liverpool. They account for around 46 % of the number of parents in the European continent. This new technology is allowing them to monitor their child’s driving behaviour and speed.
A study conducted by tyre manufacturer Goodyear showed that the strongest of all the parents’ support for the black box technology is overwhelming in Italy with 73 %. Another strong support comes from Poland and Romania with the same 72 %.
But, how about driving instructors? According to the study it’s only 47 % of all driving instructors across Europe are backing for the black box technology which is also known as telematics. There’s however no known reason why a large gap has surfaced between the driving instructors’ and the parents’ support for the technology.
It may be understandable because with the telematics, probably the monitoring can be done by the parents not only to their kids behind the wheel but also to the instructors themselves and then everything would be clearly seen if they really have got their money’s worth.
The findings were published by a Goodyear Europe, Middle East and Africa or Goodyear EMEA. The company made the survey on the more than 6,800 parents of learner drivers from 19 countries across Europe. Obviously, this overwhelming support of parents to the new technology is an indicative of their heightened concern over the growing number of novice drivers involved in road fatalities across Europe.
The study also showed that the black box technology has been a subject of a growing research and trend indicating that novice drivers are more likely to improve their driving skill when they’re aware that they are being watched by their parents at wheel.
European Driving Schools Association President John Lepine said: “The voluntary use of telematics or black box technology by young drivers is actually helping them to keep to rules of the road and curb any “moments of madness” they might be tempted to undertake. As long as they remain voluntary there are few objections to their use.”
The emphasis on Lepine’s statement is more on freedom which should not be compromised in exchange for safety of novice drivers. Thus, it should remain voluntary. So, if a novice driver doesn’t like to be monitored by the black box, then he or she has all the right which should be respected in a free society.
However, the kid who wouldn’t want to be monitored by his/her parents behind the wheel probably has some reasons which need to be settled as it may have some negative connotations. Because if there’s nothing wrong, then what’s the reason of hiding from the black box?
On the other hand, there’s another initiative which is designed at improving road safety that has garnered strong support from both driving instructors and the parents. It is known as graduated driving licence.
The study also showed that 42% of parents of novice drivers across Europe favour this graduated licence system. In the UK, support amongst parents for this system is the highest across Europe where 66 % whilst the lowest was recorded in Sweden with only 15 % supported the idea.