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Must-have app for parents of teen drivers

Must-have app for parents of teen drivers
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There's nothing quite as stressful as watching your teenage child drive off in a car. Even if you know they're a good driver, you can't be sure what they're doing once they're out of sight, and on the road.

What you do know is they'll be distracted by incoming text messages and phone calls. They'll look down each time they hear a "ding," when a new message comes in on social media site like Snapchat or Instagram.

That's scary, when you consider the statistics. Nearly 60% of car crashes that teenagers are in are the result of in-car distractions, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. That's four times more frequent than previously thought.

Distraction is the main factor in 89% of crashes that involve teens driving off the road. It's the main factor 76% of the time they crash into the car in front of them.

But, what can you do to prevent that? You can tell them to not use their cellphone while they're driving, but that won't do much good. You can take away their phone. But that doesn't work because it's more nerve-racking for you to not know what they're doing, or if they're safe.

There is a solution, though. It's called Cellcontrol. It's a device ($129), with a free cellphone app and online access that lets you prevent teenagers, or any driver in your family, from being distracted by their cellphone. (Keep reading to see a Cellcontrol video.)

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