End The Fear Factor With Teen Driver Technology From Chevrolet

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Over 360,000 teens received their driver’s license in the month of August this year across the United States. Yeah, you read that right. In any given month, our nation’s roads and highways are flooded with brand new, inexperienced drivers. Couple that statistic with the growing number of distracted driving-related traffic accidents thanks to the digital devices that our kids can’t seem to live without and you can understand why the number one worry most parents have about their kids is unsupervised driving, according to a Chevrolet commissioned survey from Harris Poll.

Teen Driving Worries Parents Most According to Latest Poll

The reason Chevrolet asked for this particular survey is because the company is made up of people with kids of their own.  So, Chevrolet took the survey’s findings to heart and created a technology suite designed with your teenaged driver in mind.

Don’t let the name fool you. The Teen Driver package is filled with active and passive safety features designed to promote responsible driving habits for drivers of all ages. That said, these features are custom made for habitual driving issues that are statistically associated with teenaged drivers. Teen Driver supports driving safety habits like:

  • Automatic Audio Mute – No front seat belts fastened? No radio or audio from connected devices.
  • Preset Speed Violation Warnings – Got a teen with a lead foot? Set your child’s max speed and the car will audibly and visibly inform them every time they exceed it
  • Radio Volume Preset – Does your teenager think they’re the neighborhood DJ? Limit the maximum volume of your vehicle’s radio
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Front and Rear Park Assist
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Forward Automatic Braking
  • Rear Automatic Braking
  • Front Pedestrian Braking
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control

Not only does the Teen Driver package have these safety features, but it also has an in-vehicle report card feature that parents are sure to love:

  • Distance Driven
  • Maximum Speed Reached
  • Overspeed Warnings Issued
  • Stability Control Events
  • Anti-lock Braking Events
  • Traction Control Activations
  • Wide-open Throttle Events
  • Forward Collision Alerts, if equipped
  • Forward Collision Braking Events, if equipped
  • Tailgating Alerts, if equipped

Keep in mind, Teen Driver has variable features that will not be available in all vehicles but it will be available in 10 of its vehicles for the 2017 model year. Here is the current list of 2017 models that are eligible for the Teen Driver package:

So, if you’re in the market for a new 2017 Chevrolet AND you have a teenaged driver, the Teen Driver Technology Package is definitely something that will benefit you and your family. For more information on this or any of Chevrolet’s incredible safety features, contact us online or stop by our showroom and trade in your worries and stress for a safer driving experience for everyone in your family courtesy of Finnegan Chevrolet Buick GMC and Chevrolet.

The Future of Automotive Safety Tech

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Once upon a time, automotive safety equipment consisted of good ol’ American steel and good fortune. But as time passed and sparsely populated roadways evolved into densely packed highways and freeways, automotive manufacturing technology evolved as well. With the advent of lighter and cheaper materials, automakers discovered much more cost efficient ways to mass produce their products for a growing population of drivers.  Unfortunately, as the cars got lighter the damages caused by accidents became more severe, both to the vehicle and the passengers.

Hence the introduction of automotive safety features that quickly became the governmentally mandated standard in all automobiles made and/or sold in the U.S.  Beyond the basic safety features like seat belts and head rests, the three big technological advancements to vehicular safety in the 20th century were Anti-Lock Brake Systems (ABS), Supplemental Restraint Systems (SRS), and Electronic Stability Control (ESC).  Most of these technological advancements were amazing feats of mechanical technology with some computerized control components tossed in as the new millennium dawned.

For the 21st century driver, the safety features that come standard on most new vehicles resemble something you’d see on a science fiction movie set a long time from now in a future far, far away.  But thanks to technological advancements of the digital age, drivers are not just benefitting today from some incredible safety features like back-up cameras, dual-stage air bags, and tire pressure monitors (to name a few), but there is some new tech coming that won’t just make modern vehicles safer, it will transform the way we drive.

Many of the safety features listed here are either in the works or are already being used in several makes and models across the automotive industry landscape.  Here are just a few of the safety technologies coming soon to a vehicle near you:

 Back Up Cameras

If you’ve bought a new car in the last few years, you’re most likely familiar with this feature.  In case you haven’t been introduced to this safety tool, the concept is fairly simple. Put a camera in the rear of the vehicle to improve the driver’s vision when attempting to back up. Some vehicles even add “guide lines” onto the camera’s monitor to better aid the driver with the maneuver.  The reason why this feature is on a list of “future” safety tech is because of the evolutionary advancements being produced for back up cameras.  Check out this list of a few of the current and planned advancements in back up camera features:

  • Variable Angle Rear Camera – As the name implies, this feature allows for multiple angles to better see what is behind you.
  • Front Camera – Again, the title is fairly self explanatory. This camera will allow you to see what is in front of you beneath the view of the windshield.
  • 360-degree Surround-View Camera – For those who want to see it all, this camera system gives you a view of the entire radius of your vehicle’s exterior.

Cross-Traffic Alerts

This feature allows your car to sense when cross-traffic is about to hit (or “T-Bone”) your vehicle.  The sensors along the sides of the vehicle can sense when someone is too close to the vehicle and will let the driver know with an illuminated warning on the dashboard as well as a warning beep.  This feature is especially helpful with backing out of parking spaces in crowded parking lots or out of driveways.

 Adaptive Cruise Control

This feature maintains not only the speed but also the distance between your vehicle and other vehicles or obstacles. Utilizing front-view cameras and computerized sensors, this feature will go a long way toward providing added safety while cruising down the highway.

Forward Collision Technology

Using cameras and sensors, this tech will either warn you of a potential front end collision with warning beeps and illuminated dash warnings, or actually stop the vehicle for you before impact with a computer controlled automated braking system.  As you can imagine, insurance companies are particularly fond of this feature.

Blind Spot Warning Tech

Like the forward collision technology, this feature uses side-mounted sensors (and in some cases side-mounted cameras) to detect when vehicles are approaching from the dreaded “blind-spot” angle found in most vehicles. Not only will this feature warn the driver of encroaching traffic with illuminated icons in the side-view mirror and a warning beep, but in some vehicles, the computer will even help prevent the vehicle from moving into the approaching vehicles’s path.

Night-Vision Display

Say goodbye to those night blindness issues.  As the name implies, this feature will use infra-red tech to project a real-time illuminated view of the road ahead on the vehicle’s display screen.  This tech will improve the visibility up to three times greater than with traditional low-beam headlights.

Drowsy Driver Detection

This tech is in its infancy stages but the safety advantages should be obvious.  Using a combination of cameras and sensors, the vehicle will be able to detect activity associated with driving while sleepy.  The driver will be warned with beeps and lights to let them know they may need to stop. In some vehicles, the car will safely pull the vehicle over once it has determined the driver hasn’t responded to the warnings.

These are just a few examples of the safety technologies that are currently in production or coming soon.  We’re sure you can see the benefits to these safety features as automotive safety technology continues its evolution toward smarter and safer forms of travel for everyone.

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