Let’s hope you don’t have kids like these in the photo above, provided by Chevrolet. They make a great case for Chevy’s Teen Driver feature, which will soon roll out in more models.
Teen Driver, which allows parents to track how their kid drives, will expand to ten Chevy models for 2017: the 2017 Bolt, Camaro, Colorado, Cruze, Malibu, Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe, and Volt. The feature first rolled out on the 2016 Chevy Malibu Jerry reviewed.
Teen Driver is likely a teenager’s worst nightmare. It monitors how teens are driving and gives a report card to parents. It records how far they’ve driven, how fast they’ve driven and generally if they’ve been driving dangerously in any way. Optional Teen Driver reports include Forward Collision Alerts, Forward Collision Braking events, and – our favorite – Tailgating Alerts.
The system also uses positive reinforcement to encourage safe driving behavior. If you don’t want to buckle up, then forget about having radio. The audio system mutes. It only turns on once everyone fastens their seat belts. Visual warnings go off when preset speeds are passed. A maximum audio volume can be set, too.
To activate the teen driving program, parents simply register their teens key fob in the car’s settings. The service does not require a subscription and comes free with the life of the car.
All 10 models offering Teen Driver also offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. These systems allow compatible smartphones to be accessed via in car controls. This encourages teens to keep their eyes up and not on the little glowing screen.
Take a look at Chevy’s humorous, yet all too real, spot for the 2017 Teen Driving vehicles, below.