New Roads Magazine Issue 2
The all-new 2016 Malibu, available late this year, can help ease worries for parents nervous about a young driver taking the wheel, thanks to a new feature called Teen Driver. Designed to help encourage real-time safe driving habits among teens, it’s standard on Premier models and available for the LT model.
Teen Driver is activated when the car is started using a key that parents register for a teen driver through the vehicle. First, it mutes the audio system until front-seat occupants secure their safety belts. Then, once under way, the car will adhere to parameters set by parents, including maximum radio volume.
After a teen has driven the car, a parent can view the driving statistics via a PIN-protected screen on the car’s MyLink display. This “report card” will show the distance the teen drove and the maximum speed driven.
It will also indicate any warning alerts that were triggered, such as Forward Collision Alert or City Speed Automatic Front Braking, and it will reveal instances of Stability Control or Antilock Brake intervention.
Teen Driver was developed as a teaching tool to help address the serious issue of motor vehicle crashes involving young
drivers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the crash risk among 16- to 19-year-olds is higher than any other age group.
Parents can use the information generated by Teen Driver to start discussions with their children that focus on acquiring or refining particular safe driving skill.