Chevy Malibu & Teen Driving Features
Back to School season is upon us and with it a new routine for many families. Driving patterns change for most commuters and being aware of driving conditions during this season is key. Traffic congestion is to be expected with yellow school buses on the road, kids on bikes are hurrying to get to school before the bell rings, and harried parents are trying to drop their kids off before work. If you have a teenager driver in the family, review some safety tips with them before they hit the road. You can find several tips online and AAA has a list available here.
Also, TeenDriving.com has several tips for new drivers here.
If your teen will be getting their license this year and you're looking at a vehicle for them, you may want to take a look at the Chevy Malibu. Technology in this vehicle is designed to keep parents aware of their kids driving habits and encourage safe driving for teens. The all-new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu has a system, called Teen Driver, that provides parents with a tool to help encourage safe driving habits for their kids, even when they are not in the car with them.
When engaged, Teen Driver silences the stereo system until both driver and passenger seatbelts are fastened.
Malibu can keep track of the following:
- Distance driven
- Maximum speed traveled
- Over-speed warnings issued
- Stability control events
- Antilock brake events
- Forward Collision Alerts, if equipped
- Forward Collision Braking events, if equipped
To use Teen Driver, a parent needs to enable the feature by creating a PIN in the Settings menu of their available MyLink system, which then allows them to register their teen's key fob.
Parents also have the ability to set a maximum stereo volume limit and set an over-speed warning alert anywhere from 40mph to 75mph - each time the driver exceeds that speed, the system pings an alarm and registers the infraction.
That data is then assembled into a "Report Card" that tells parents how far their teens drove, how many times the over-speed warning was triggered, as well as any stability control events, antilock braking events, forward collision alerts, and forward collision braking events.
Teen Driver is not a subscription-based service, so it remains with the vehicle permanently and will be standard on the Premier trim and optional on LT models if equipped with the Convenience Package and up-level radio.
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