Ask any parent of a teenager, and they will tell you; one of the scariest milestones can be the day your child gets their driver’s licence. According to a Centre for Disease Control and Prevention statistic, the leading cause of death for teenagers across America is motor vehicle accidents. It seems when it comes to teens and driving – the confidence behind the wheel out-measures precaution and experience. However there is hope for nervous parents everywhere, and it comes in the form of the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu.
Chevy has worked hard to create a new technology for the 2016 Malibu that can parents of newly driving teens keep an eye on their kids, and help teens establish positive driving habits. The innovative technology is called Teen Driver; a system built into the Malibu that records the car’s data, thus helping parents see exactly how their teenager drove while out on the road. It also tracks distance, maximum speed, stability control, anti-lock brakes; as well as a variety of other alerts that are connected to the car’s safety features.
Additionally, traction control, forward collision alert and forward collision breaking turn on instantly when Teen Driver is activated via a pre-programmed key. A muted radio function allows for no music until all seat belts have been fastened – and parents can set a maximum volume level for the car. Teen drivers will also receive visual and audio warnings if they are over a maximum speed of 40 and 75 mph; which can be set by parents. While Teen Driver cannot stop a youngster from speeding, it does provide warnings; and parents can check speeds and other items via a summary of the car’s system records called the Teen Driver’s Report Card.
The 2016 Chevy Malibu will be released shortly, in the fall of 2015. While the price of the model has not been announced, the Teen Driver feature will be a standard part of one model. Chevrolet is hoping to have the Teen Driver function as a standard feature in all models, in the future.