1-800-TELL-MOM

I had a great idea for a new business today.  It came to me as I watched a young female driver dangerously tailgate a number of vehicles (to include a fuel truck).  There was no way she would have avoided a rear-end collision if the person in front of her had braked suddenly (and I don’t mean stopped – I mean braked and slowed).  My temptation, after the fuel truck incident, was to roll down my window at the next stop light and tell her to drive more carefully.  I thought that her mother would probably be upset if she saw how perilously close she was following other drivers.  Then it struck me – the mother of all ideas – so to speak.

What if there was a service that parents could subscribe to that provided bumper stickers with a toll-free number and a personalized vehicle identification number s for their kids’ cars?  The stickers could say:

How’s My Driving?  Call  1-800-TELL-MOM .  I’m #27.

Operators could capture the telephone comments and send them via email to the parents who subscribe to the service.  Operators could even capture and send on photo messages that show offending behavior.  Kids wouldn’t love the sticker on their car, but they’d endure it to be able to drive.  Hopefully just the presence of the sticker would even have the effect of reminding young drivers to drive more carefully.

It’s brilliant right?  The roads are safer, parents are better informed about their child’s driving behavior, and young drivers are safer.  It is an idea whose time has come.   ;-)

Day nine hundred and sixty-three of the new forty – obla di obla da

Ms. C

 

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I teach at NDSU...but I remain a student of life with all the enthusiasm that entails. My favorite saying is, "Sometimes you have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down." In the new forty that is what I am doing...building my wings.
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5 Responses to 1-800-TELL-MOM

  1. JP says:

    First thing that happens, good kids start making duplicate stickers and then selling them to bad kids on Craigslist. “FOR SALE: My TellMom sticker ID number. I have no tickets, warrants or citations. I always give three seconds between me & the car ahead of me. If you drive fast, drunk, or carrying loaded firearms, send me $1000 and everyone will think your car is being driven by a Nun.” Carol, you may make a million, but the aftermarket sales will make ten million.

  2. katherine says:

    I like the idea — even if there might be shenanigans.

  3. Avatar of S. L. S. L. says:

    Professional truck drivers have them, why not the kids? Hope this was not this week [Feb 20 - 25], where so many of our young people no longer walk with us. The 4 girls on Monday, an 18 year old, Thursday, was it a 20 year old also on Monday, and I think a couple more, too. When 6 – 8 people under 21 die in auto accidents in less than a week, the young people better wake up. Sometimes there is no 2nd chance.

  4. Tam says:

    LOVE it!! Want it! Need it in 6 months…get on it.

  5. Barbara says:

    We live in a small town where everybody knows everybody else. When our teens were driving and did something reckless, we’d get a call from whoever witnessed it. We thanked them and let our kids know that everybody was keeping an eye on them. (The good old days when the callers were never told to “mind their own business”.)

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