If you’re like most parents, the thought of your teen behind the wheel is enough to send you into full panic mode. You probably wonder if he will speed, obey traffic signals, use his phone, or drive while distracted. Fortunately, parents can know for sure about their teens’ driving habits thanks to a new line of vehicles that will send parents “report cards” regarding their young drivers.
General Motors’ Teen Driver System May Offer Peace of Mind
General Motors announced that certain 2016 Chevrolet Malibu models will feature this optional system, which will compile information about how teens drive. Accessible through a touch screen on the vehicle’s dash, the report card is visible to parents only via a personal identification number. Features of the Teen Driver System include:
- The disablement of the audio system when the front driver and passenger seat belts are not engaged.
- Audio alerts and dash notifications when teens exceed the driving speed that is set by their parents.
- Data on how many times the set speed limits were exceeded, how often the traction control system was engaged, how far the teen traveled, and how many times the vehicle’s collision alert system was activated.
Ford also offers a similar feature in some of its newer models. Standard in consumer vehicles since 2013, the MyKey Service allows parents to activate warnings when teens are driving too fast, block incoming phone calls that may distract teen drivers, and send reminders to wear seat belts.
Since teen drivers in the United States are three times more likely to become involved in a car accident than drivers who are over the age of 20, these features could possibly help prevent teen crashes.
When Safety Systems Fail
Not even the best technology in the world can stop every accident from occurring. If your teen is hurt in an accident, the attorneys of the Kaufman Law Firm are here for you. We have helped many accident victims in the Atlanta area receive the compensation they deserve and may be able to do the same for you. Contact us by calling 470-819-2273.