I was introduced Chevrolet’s new Teen Driver Technology at the Houston Auto Show this year and I wanted to take some time to tell you a little about it. This is the most fabulous safety technology I’ve come across so far.
First, what is it? Teen Driver is an in-vehicle technology system that helps encourage safe driving habits for teens. It is available in any Chevrolet with the MyLink Audio & Infotainment System. The system records driving habits like audio volume, speed, throttle behavior, maneuver behaviors, traction control, and braking. As a parent, you can create certain limits for your teen driver like speed, distance, and audio giving your teen-driver warnings as they are driving when you aren’t there to help guide them. The system generates a report for parents to share with their teen so they will have the opportunity to improve on and correct those habits while learning to drive safer.
Did you know the mortality rate of 16 – 19 year olds is 3 times that of drivers who are 20 years old and older.
Only 55% of high school students wear their seat belt when they are in the car with someone else.
About 93% of teen drivers play loud distracting music while they are driving.
It gets worse.
94% of teens acknowledge the dangers of texting and driving ...
... but 35% admitted to doing it anyway.
21% of teen drivers involved in fatal accidents were distracted by their phone.
11 teens die every day as a result of texting while driving.
Teen Driver is easy to set up. All you have to do is go into the Chevrolet MyLink display, enter a PIN to access the Teen Driver menu, and register a key. When your teen drives the vehicle with the registered key, Teen Driver enables various features, including:
- Driving distance
- Open throttle
- Collision alerts
- Driving speed
- Maximum speed exceeded
- Accident avoidance maneuvers
- Anytime traction control
- ABS warnings
- Tailgating alerts
Parents can set the system to help teach safe driving habits by:
- Muting the audio of the radio/any device paired with the car when front seat occupants aren’t wearing their seat belts.
- Gives audible/visual warnings when the vehicle is traveling faster that preset speeds.
- Keeps track of distance driven, max speed traveled, over-speed warnings, antilock brake events, etc.
My personal favorite feature was the ability to control text messaging and phone calls while the teen is driving. The driver’s phone needs to be paired with the system through Bluetooth allowing the system to restrict text messages and phone calls. Not only does this technology help keep your teen driver safe, but it gives them feedback so they can learn from their mistakes and help build their confidence.
My little ones are much too young to drive, but I feel really comfortable knowing how Chevrolet is paving the way for the driving technology my daughters will have access to when they are old enough to get behind the wheel.