Chicago, Illinois – Most mothers don’t use technology to snoop on their teenaged drivers, but many still keep an eye on their vehicle habits, according to a new survey by MotherProof.com.

Two-thirds of mothers surveyed don’t use technology to snoop on their teen drivers, with 64 per cent saying they would not put a camera or GPS tracking device in their child’s vehicle. However, 53 per cent admitted to investigating the contents of their teen’s car, and 36 per cent regularly check the odometers to see how much they’re driving.

The survey found that younger mothers, age 25 to 34, are more likely to second-guess their children’s habits. In this age group, 59 per cent would consider a camera or GPS in the car, or have already installed one, versus 43 per cent of mothers age 35 to 44, and 27 per cent of those age 45 to 54. As well, 57 per cent of mothers age 25 to 34 have followed their children in traffic, versus 29 per cent of those 35 to 44, and 18 per cent of those 45 to 54; 70 per cent have investigated the contents of their teen’s car, versus 52 and 50 per cent respectively; and 65 per cent regularly check the vehicle’s miles, versus 39 and 27 per cent.

“I was initially very surprised to see that young moms were the snoopers, while boomer moms were more lax,” said Kirstin Varela of MotherProof. “However, young moms’ teenage days weren’t too long ago, and maybe they remember some of their own risky driving more clearly. Additionally, younger moms probably have a greater comfort level with technology, due to the increasing popularity of GPS systems and other tracking technology available.”

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