This page will be updated as more features become available.
Security Settings for Android
If you are unable to use the app, please edit your security settings as follows:
- Click settings icon
- Search for ‘usage data access’
- Click on listing for applications (search findings)
- Click on the Teen Driver App
- Slide “Allow Usage Tracking” to on position
My screen is going dark. When I wake it, it counts as a distraction.
After a few seconds while the app is running, the screen darkens in order to save battery life. The phone may appear asleep, but simply tap the screen for it to light up again to end your trip. If you press any buttons or swipe, the app will count the action as a distraction and your trip points will not be counted.
When will we see Rewards again?
Teens in the Driver Seat is currently working on sponsorship from merchants to offer rewards for distraction-free driving points earned. Once sponsorship is obtained, the immediate rewards will return. In the meantime, the TDS team is working on ways to hold contests and award for active app users.
Why must I wait 30 seconds between trips?
The 30-second timer is to prevent users from stopping the app (at a stop light or other driving situation) to check their phone, then restarting it again immediately. To create a true distraction-free app the timer was implemented.
What is the Consent for Research agreement?
Teens in the Driver Seat is a peer-to-peer safe driving program conducted by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. We regularly conduct research with collected data, as permitted under the Texas A&M University Internal Review Board. Collected data may be used to research driving habits by app users. If used for such purposes, all personal information will be secured and protected separately from the data. If you do not agree to these conditions, please uninstall the app to ensure no further data from your use is used for research.
Why do you want my parent’s email?
If you are a minor, we ask for your parent’s email to notify them that your use of the app could result in data used for research. If used for such purposes, all personal information will be secured and protected separately from the data. If you do not agree to these conditions, please uninstall the app to ensure no further data from your use is used for research.