Keeping Your Young Drivers Safe and Giving You A Peace of Mind
General Motors Introduces Teen Driver Cutting Edge Technology -
Too often are anxious parents waiting for their teens to arrive home before New Jersey's new driver midnight curfew. Because teen drivers are inexperienced, the likelihood of a crash rises significantly when they are distracted, speeding, or driving dangerously. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than six teens die each day.
General Motors has taken a proactive approach to counter this horrifying statistic, and has developed and put into play the perfect technology to combat those feelings of worry. Not only does the Teen Driver feature put every parent's biggest fear to rest, it offers your young driver guidance in developing good driving habits early on in their driving careers.
Available in most of the 2018 GMC model lineup, Teen Driver is standard equipment in new vehicles such as the Terrian, Acadia, Yukon, Canyon, Sierra 1500, and Sierra HD.
The Teen Driver feature allows GMC owners to program the equipped vehicle key fob which activates the system. Once activated, the system enables features like muting the radio (or the audio features of any devices paired with the radio) until front seat occupants are wearing safety belts, limiting the maximum volume of the radio, setting a maximum driving speed warning, and automatically turning on active safety features, preventing the ability to disable them. These features include:
Front/ Rear Park Assist
Side Blind Zone Alert
Forward Collision Avoidance Braking
Front Pedestrian Braking
Lane Keep Assist
With safety at the forefront, the system also provides feedback on your new driver's driving performance via an in-vehicle report card. This feedback provides important analytics regarding the distance traveled, maximum speed, number of over speed warnings, and other driving events.
"We developed this system so parents could use it as a teaching tool with their kids," said General Motors safety engineer MaryAnn Beebe. "They can discuss and reinforce safe driving habits from the very beginning of their teen's driving years."