Safe Driving Tops List of Concerns for Parents of Teens
Chevrolet recently commissioned a Harris Poll of parents with teenagers from 13 to 17 years old to find out how seriously they are concerned about their teens' driving. According to the survey, parents with teens worry more about their child driving (55 percent) than any other area of parental stress, including drugs and alcohol (52 percent), sexual activity (49 percent), and academic performance (53 percent).
It doesn't take a Harris Poll to know that parents always want their kids to be as safe as possible, so Chevrolet offers Teen Driver Technology on 10 of its 2017-model-year cars, trucks, and SUVs to help encourage safe driving practices. Teen Driver is a non-subscription-based service currently available on the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, Camaro, Colorado, Cruze, Malibu, Silverado, Silverado HD, Suburban, Tahoe, and Volt.
“I, like many of our employees, am a parent of teenagers, so we personally understand the anxiety of having a teen driver in the house,” says Steve Majoros, director of marketing, Chevrolet Cars and Crossovers.
To use the safety technology, a parent must register their teen’s key fob in the vehicle’s system settings. When the teen's key is detected, the Teen Driver suite starts by muting the radio (or the audio of any paired device) when front-seat occupants aren’t wearing their safety belts. It also allows parents to limit the maximum volume of the radio, and gives audible and visual warnings when the vehicle is traveling faster than preset speeds. Each of the 10 vehicles also offers Apple CarPlay or Android Auto compatibility, to help encourage teens to refrain from using their handheld phones while driving. Additionally, available active safety features are automatically enabled and incapable of being manually disabled when Teen Driver is in use.
“While we can’t control a teen’s behavior when they are in a car without a parent, Chevrolet’s Teen Driver Technology can remind them to buckle up and avoid speeding, while our other available active safety features can help to alert them in certain situations when they’re making less-than-perfect driving decisions,” explains Majoros.
Chevrolet’s Teen Driver includes an industry-first in-vehicle report card that shows how the teen drove and provides a way for parents to discuss best practices. The Teen Driver in-vehicle report card may keep track of the following, depending on the vehicle:
• Distance driven
• Maximum speed reached and Overspeed warnings issued
• Stability control and Antilock braking events
• Traction control activations
• Wide-open throttle events
• Forward Collision Alerts and Forward Collision Braking events (if equipped)
• Tailgating Alerts (if equipped)
“As a mother of two, it’s extremely important to find solutions that can help young drivers on the road,” said MaryAnn Beebe, Chevrolet safety engineer. “Chevrolet developed this system as a tool that can give teens some additional coaching as they’re gaining experience. Driving on your own is a big milestone for teens, and Teen Driver helps to remind them to practice safe driving. And for parents, it’s easier to give guidance to your teen when you have some information on what they’re doing behind the wheel.”
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