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