Teens are more likely to be involved in fatal crashes nearly three times more often than drivers age 20 and older according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The 2016 Malibu aims to cut these numbers with a new system called Teen Driver. These 2016 Malibus with the Teen Driver system are set to hit Jim Butler Chevrolet in St. Louis by the end of 2015.
“We developed this system so parents could use it as a teaching tool with their kids,” MaryAnn Beebe, GM safety engineer, said. “They can discuss and reinforce safe driving habits. As a mother of two, I know anything that has the potential of keeping one’s family safer is of great value to parents.”
How Teen Driver Works
Parents can keep an eye on their teen drivers even when they are not in the car with their children thanks to Teen Driver. According to Chevrolet, Teen Driver supports safe driving habits by muting the audio of the radio or any device paired with the vehicle when front seat occupants aren’t wearing their safety belts, and it gives audible and visual warnings when the vehicle is traveling faster than preset speeds.
This built-in system is an industry-first and lets parents view on a display how their teenager drove the 2016 Malibu. To use Teen Driver, a parent needs to enable the feature by creating a PIN in the Settings menu of their available MyLink system. This then allows them to register their teen’s key fob. The system’s settings are turned on only to registered key fobs.
The Teen Driver system can gauge on 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)
Promoting Safe Teen Driving
If your 2016 Malibu has the following available safety features, Teen Driver can automatically turn them on and keep them from manually being turned off:
- Stability Control
- Front and Rear Park Assist
- Side Blind Zone Alert
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert
- Forward Collision Alert
- Daytime Running Lamps / Automatic Light Control
- Forward Collision Braking
- Traction Control
- Front Pedestrian Braking
Teen Driver is not a subscription-based service, so it remains with the vehicle permanently. The system will be standard on the Premier trim and optional on LT models of the 2016 Malibu if equipped with the Convenience Package and up-level radio. The 2016 Malibu is set to debut on April 1 at the New York International Auto Show.
Jim Butler Chevrolet in Fenton knows it’s not easy when your teenager takes the wheel for the first time, and we are excited for the 2016 Malibu’s latest technology. We always want to promote safe teen driving habits, and the 2016 Malibu wants to help out.
Your St. Louis Malibu source is Jim Butler Chevrolet in Fenton, MO! Whether you are waiting for the new model year to arrive at the end of 2015 or want a 2015 Malibu now, Jim Butler Chevrolet has you covered!
To learn more about the Chevy Malibu sedan, call us today at 888-640-6826 or view our new inventory at JimButlerChevrolet.com. As your St. Louis Chevrolet dealer, we invite you to check out the Malibu in person at our Fenton dealership. If you’re in the St. Louis, Arnold, Belleville or Chesterfield area, stop by our lot at 759 Gravois Bluffs Blvd. in Fenton. Here at Jim Butler you can make your Malibu purchase with confidence. We are located in Fenton, Mo., and serve as your St. Louis, Chesterfield, Belleville, High Ridge and Arnold Chevrolet dealer.