Two scary statistics that Chevy is trying to deter is that the number one cause of fatality in teens is in vehicular accidents. On top of that rate, teen drivers between the ages of 16-19 are 3 times the fatality rate per mile driven of drivers age 20 and older. Enter ‘Teen Driver’. A technology that produces a driving report card for your teen.
Top Safety Technology for Teens
Chevrolet’s Teen Driver Technology promotes safe driving habits for teens learning how to drive and continuing to enforce correct driving habits. This program is not a subscription, so there is no concern of monthly payments or expiration. Chevy truly wants to help give parents the peace of mind that they can have their teen take the car out without them being in the passenger seat.
This technology is the first in the industry with a built-in system that displays a sort of ‘Teen Driver Report Card’. This report provides a list of items or presets that the parent set that indicate how many times different safety features were engaged. These items include:
- Distance Driven
- Maximum speed traveled
- Over-Speed warnings issued (Parent preset option of allowing highest speeds between 40-75 mph).
- Stability control events
- Antilock brake events
- Forward Collision Alerts*
- Forward Collision Braking events*
*If equipped in your Malibu Model.
Understanding the features:
These system settings are only engaged when the registered keyfob is being used. So parents will not have to worry about entering these settings each time their teen takes the car. An additional parent-determined setting is adjusting the maximum audio setting to a lower level to help prevent distraction. Audio is a large portion of the safety feature that is Teen Driver. The Teen Driver setting does not stop the car if your teen drives over the setting limit, it gives an verbal audio alert and chime that they are over the set limit with a visual warning as well. If your teen driver and/or their passenger does not have their safety belt ‘clicked’ the audio system will not play any Bluetooth connected device or radio station until they have engaged their safety belts.
If equipped, these safety features automatically turn on and are incapable of being manually turned off when in Teen Driver mode:
- Stability Control
- Front and Rear Park Assist
- Side Blind Zone Alert
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert
- Forward Collision Alert
- Daytime Running Lamps/Automatic Light Control
- Forward Collision Braking
- Traction Control
- Front Pedestrian Braking
“The first step with this technology is to make sure that all drivers and passengers within the car are safe,” said Steve Majoros, Chevrolet Car Marketing Director. “In addition to innovative safety technologies like this, you will see efficiency. advanced connectivity and stunning design in the 2016 Malibu.”
*Article for reference: http://www.heraldrecorder.org/technology/2016-chevrolet-malibus-teen-driver-features-20154849/