Have you ever wondered exactly what your teens were doing while they are out driving around? Are they being careful and practicing safe driving habits? Or are they driving distracted and putting themselves or others in danger? Well, now you can.
Making the roads safer by spying. That's the premise behind a new San Diego-based business that will put a tail on one of your loved ones to see how they're driving.
Quest Driving Safety is an undercover driving evaluation service founded by two San Diego law enforcement veterans.
It's being marketed primarily as a tool to help parents keep tabs on their teen's driving habits, but also to assess elderly drivers and employees.
For $99, an off-duty or retired police officer will follow your teen for 15 to 20 minutes, then write a report about what they observed.
"The key issues are making sure they put their seat belt on. They're not texting, or using the cell phone while they're driving. We want to see if they are obeying the speed limit, using the turn signal, not changing lanes and cutting somebody off," said Phillip Hubbs, a retired San Diego Police Department detective and the company's chief operating officer.
"Driving is the most dangerous thing parents allow their children to do," said Gary Lawrence, another company founder and current detective with the SDPD.
"Quest gives parents a tool they can use to help keep their teenagers and other drivers safe, and we provide the same valuable information to children of elderly drivers and employers. We want our clients to let their teen or employee drivers know we will be conducting periodic checks. That notice alone will result in a safer driver."
Quest Driving Safety launched Tuesday in 285 cities across the country.
"We're able to alert parents to potential problems so they can get it corrected before it's too late. Unfortunately, most high school age kids believe they are invincible and don't understand the devastating consequences bad driving can lead to and how their parents can be held responsible - civilly and criminally - for their actions," said Hubbs."