It’s Now Easier To Keep Your Teen Driver Safe
Car manufacturers such as Ford and Chevrolet are coming out with innovative technology in their new vehicles that are aimed at keeping your teen driver safe on the road. Many parents are weary of letting their kids out on the road for the first time by themselves, and we totally get it; it IS scary. Your child might know all the rules of the road, practices safe and defensive driving and doesn’t use their phone, no matter what it still feels risky.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the leading cause of death for U.S. teens is car accidents. That can scare any parent. However, with the advent of new driver technology, you can help make this transition go smoother for both your nerves, and theirs.
One system is Ford’s “MyKey” system. As a parent you can create settings that control volume limits for the radio, a “belt-minder” that chimes and mutes the speakers until buckles click and a top speed limit setting that prevents the car from going over either 65, 70, 75, or 80 mph.
Another system is Chevy’s built-in safety system called “Teen Driver Technology”. It basically acts a virtual driver’s ed teacher. Like the other system by Ford, you can set volume limits, speed alerts and in addition, you can recieve an in-vehicle report card on the dashboard.
Other car manufacturers such as VW have other features on their systems such as built-in emergency alerts n case of an accident, and alerts sent to parents for not only speed but location boundaries as well.
Protecting Young Drivers in Older Cars
If your child will be driving a vehicle without these systems, don’t worry. Apps such as License+, Life360, AT&T’s Drive Mode, EverDrive and more can help you keep track if you and your teen’s driving habits at various levels of both data recorded, alerts sent and price.
If your teen is injured in a car accident, call us today at 813.915.1110 to schedule a free consultation.