2016 Chevy Malibu to Feature ‘Teen Driver’ Mode

March 19th, 2015 by

Each year, thousands of young drivers and passengers are killed in car accidents. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says the fatal crash rate for drivers age 16-19 is almost three times higher than drivers 20 years or older.

Needless to say, ensuring young drivers are safe behind the wheel can save thousands of lives each and every year. To help with this cause, Chevrolet is introducing a new feature in its 2016 Chevy Malibu–available at Chevy dealers near Albany, NY soon–to watch over teen drivers to help them drive safer and become more aware of bad driving habits early on in their experience.

Introducing “Teen Driver” Mode

Teen Driver mode acts as a way for parents to monitor their child’s driving activity and also control certain aspects of their experience.

The key features of Teen Driver include:

  • Active Safety
  • Radio Mute
  • Volume Limit
  • Speed Limiter
  • Speed Warning
  • Report Card

As you can tell just by their titles alone, many of these features hit at the core of teen driver safety. Parents can set speed warnings that offer audio and visual warnings when a preset speed  has been exceeded by the driver.

If that’s not enough, the speed limiter will completely limit the speed at which the car can travel. For the overly-concerned parent of a teen driver, that’s a great way to ensure they’re not drag racing or dangerously speeding on the highway or through town.

And because noise can be such a distraction for novice drivers, the 2016 Chevy Malibu’s Teen Driver mode allows parents to mute the sound system or limit the volume to keep their children immersed in driving.

Best of all is the report card feature, which saves data captured during a teen’s trips for parents to review. There will be no lying about speed, distance, or safety issues with the Teen Driver mode engaged. Sorry, kids!

How it Works and Availability

To set up Teen Driver mode, parents will need a separate key for their child so the 2016 Chevy Malibu’s MyLink system can register the feature with that specific key fob. From there, the vehicle will know the difference between your key and your child’s key.

Teen Driver mode comes standard on the Premier trim level of the 2016 Malibu, but is optional on LT models as well. It requires the Convenience Package with up-level radio.

No word on whether other models will get the Teen Driver feature, but because its integrated into MyLink, it’s possible for it to be included in other upcoming 2016 Chevy models.