My Teenager Puts Chevrolet's Teen Driver Software To The Test
It’s a sobering fact that vehicle crashes are the leading killer for U.S. teens. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than six die each day — a statistic even more horrifying when you consider that an additional 600 or so teens suffer vehicle-related injuries during that same 24-hour period.
Teen drivers are inexperienced, which means their likelihood of a crash rises significantly when they are distracted, speeding, or driving dangerously. In an attempt to limit some of the unnecessary carnage, nearly all states have adopted graduated driving licenses that restrict privileges for inexperienced drivers. While these laws allow teens to earn more experience during daylight hours, or while alone, challenged enforcement means it is primarily an honor system.
Chevrolet has taken a different and more proactive approach with its Teen Driver software, which is currently offered on 10 new Chevrolet vehicles. These include the Bolt EV, Camaro, Colorado, Cruze, Malibu, Silverado, Equinox, Suburban, Tahoe, and Malibu. The fully integrated system allows parents to view their teen’s driving behavior, limit poor practices, and train good habits — all without having to ride in the vehicle with them.