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The truth about teens.

Supporting your adolescent in the development of healthy driving habits

Adolescence is an incredibly important time in development, and yet, the mere mention of it can strike fear into most parents! This may be especially so if you have a teen that is the proud bearer of a new driver’s license and will now be behind the wheel. No matter how overwhelming it can feel to guide your child through this stage of growth, adolescence is actually not just to be, survived. It is instead a time when parents can really step in alongside their teen and help them thrive. To that end, a little understanding about what is happening in your teen’s brain can be really instrumental.

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The Life360 Distracted Driving Report 2019

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that at least 3,166 people were killed in distracted driving crashes in 2017, including texting and driving. This is particularly more concerning for parents, as virtually all teens (95 percent) have a smartphone, according to PEW Research Center.

Distracted driving is a big problem in this country – among young adults and seasoned drivers alike as the study finds – reinforcing the need for better awareness, education and smart technology like Life360.

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Meet the Improved Life360

Over the last few years, Life360 has grown tremendously and it’s all thanks to you – our dedicated Life360 members. You are the reason why we’ve been working tirelessly over the last year to build a new foundation on which we can provide more services and features that will make keeping your family close and connected even easier in 2019. Starting today, we are very proud to begin rolling out an improved Life360 experience to help your family stay even closer together.

So, what’s new?

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How Shondra Used Life360 to Locate Her Son During an Accident

Our users at Life360 often share stories of how they’re using the app – whether it’s about how they are staying connected with their families or have peace of mind from monitoring new teenage drivers. The stories of gratitude we receive on a daily basis keeps us working hard to constantly improve our app. We recently connected with one of our users, Shondra J., who shared her story of how Life360 helped locate her son after an accident. Below is her story.

Six years ago, Jerrod approached his mom and dad to download Life360. He was using it with a group of friends and noticed a few of them had their families on it as well.

“I think it’s a really good idea for the whole family to download Life360. We can stay connected and easily see where we all are,” said Jerrod.

Now years later – they are all thankful that they did. One evening, Jerrod set off after dinner to visit his aunt who lived in a town 5 hours away. He left around 8pm, and said bye to his mom who was doing homework for a college course she was taking. Shondra had a lot of work to do, so she knew she’d still be up by the time he would arrive to her sisters house.

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A Parent’s Guide to Spring Break Survival

Guest blog contributor: Dawn Nieves, blogger and mother of two

With Spring Break right around the corner, travel plans are well under way for not only my family but millions of other families as well. Spring Break is the perfect time to escape the cold temperatures of winter (for most of us!) to someplace a little bit warmer. One of the things I take into account before planning any sort of family vacation is just how friendly the destination is for younger kids and teens alike.

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How Lori Used Life360 to Catch a Car Thief

Our users at Life360 often share stories of how they’re using the app – whether it’s about how they are staying connected with their families or have ease-of-mind from monitoring new teenage drivers. The stories of gratitude we receive on a daily basis keeps us working hard to constantly improve our app. We recently connected with one of our users, Lori, who offered to share her own exciting story about how Life360 helped find her stolen car.

It was 4:42 pm on the day before Thanksgiving – Lori had just finished running a personal errand and was headed back to help with the remaining flower deliveries at her flower shop in Newport, NY. Lori called ahead to make sure the deliveries were prepared and left on the back counter for her to quickly run in and pick up. Lori had owned the flower shop for 31 years and business always got extra busy around the holiday season.

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How Life360 Helped Kim Get Help for Her Daughter

Our users at Life360 often share stories of how they’re using the app – whether it’s about how they are staying connected with their families or have ease-of-mind from monitoring new teenage drivers. The stories of gratitude we receive on a daily basis keeps us working hard to constantly improve our app. We recently connected with one of our users, Kim, who offered to share her own story about how Life360 helped get her daughter help on the road.

It was a typical Wednesday morning for Kim and her family. Kim and her husband were already at work and Kim’s daughter was preparing to leave the house to drive her brother and herself to school. At 7:25am Kim received a push notification that her daughter had left the house for school, so per routine, Kim opened the app, tapped her son’s avatar and saw that they were moving.

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A Mom’s Perspective: Responsible Winter Driving

Guest blog contributor: Dawn Nieves, blogger and mother of two

Living in New Jersey my entire life, I’ve have had plenty of experience driving in less than stellar road conditions. It’s just part of life in living in the Northeast. Although I’m pretty used to driving in inclement weather, it’s something you never really get used to. Winter weather can be unpredictable. One day the weather is just a cold New Jersey day and the next we’re in the middle of a major winter storm.

Even with all the experience I’ve had, it’s still not something I enjoy. I’ll never forget the first time my car slid on icy roads. It was such a scary experience that taught me to exercise extreme caution driving during the winter months. Driving in unfavorable conditions is inevitable (for most people), so both my family and myself practice responsible driving rules to ensure we make it to our destination safely.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know about Life360

If you’re reading this blog post, you’ve likely heard of Life360, and you’re familiar with what it is — at least at a high level.

You probably know it helps families and close friends stay connected by creating a “Circle” of loved ones in the app. For some peace of mind, you can get real-time location info on each other, seen on a private map, and even opt for automated alerts whenever someone arrives or leaves a destination. You can also communicate with each other in a group chat, based on your Circle, inside the iOS or Android app.

But you already knew all this, didn’t you?

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