Road Mentor 9/10/2015 NEW: an updated version of Road Mentor called “MotoCarma” is available for download from the Google Play store Click here for more details from Road Mentor developer, Motolingo “Road Mentor: A New Driver’s Ally” is an app for iPhone and Android developed by Connecticut Children’s Medical Center’s Injury Prevention Center as a tool to assist and support parents in providing guidance and supervision to novice teen drivers during their 40 hours of required on the road practice during the learner’s permit phase, and later during the first 12 months of licensure before they turn 18 years old. For teenagers, aged 15 to 19, injuries sustained in motor vehicle crashes are the #1 cause of death. What can the Road Mentor app do for parents? Improve compliance with the 40-hour driving practice requirement Currently, Connecticut law requires that teen drivers receive 40 hours of supervised driving practice during the learner’s permit period. We, and Road Mentor, recommend at least 100 hours of training (consistent with a national consensus). Parents tend to informally track these hours. Road Mentor will provide an accurate log of time on the road letting a parent know when they hit 40 hours and encouraging them to provide up to 100 hours. This ensures that teens get the most practice possible before getting their license. Provide regular feedback and guidance Parents will receive an at-least weekly report of their teens driving behavior to include: distance travelled; max speed; distracted driving report; route maps; and, recommendations for on-the-road training. Teen drivers and parents can also opt to have real-time feedback for such behaviors as distracted driving, excessive speed, rapid acceleration, or braking. Send distracted driving alerts Distracted driving has been shown to be as dangerous as drunken driving. The app software will include the ability to monitor the phone’s state, so if it is used to text or make a call while connected to the vehicle, the teen will be recorded as having engaged in distracted driving. Improve driving behaviors This level of monitoring and coaching will result in better trained and more experienced novice driver’s. Provide ongoing supervision Parents and teens may opt to continue using the app beyond our recommended use during the first 12 months of licensure. For further information on how to start using Road Mentor at NO COST, please contact us at 860.837.5318, and press option 4. Watch Video The development and testing of the Road Mentor app was supported through a grant from the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA) in 2014.