Chevy Malibu Teen Driver Mode
It's a bit Big Brother scary, but GM says teen drivers die at a rate that's three times higher than that of any other group of motorists. So if you buy the 2016 Malibu, owners can create a mode for their kid who drives the car. That can be a volume limit on the audio system, or a total mute mode, a speed limiter, or just a speed warning. Radio mute can also be set; no tunes if the front seat passengers aren't buckled up, for example. Teen drivers will also be prevented from hooliganism, because the system can prevent disabling traction control, and will overall enforce driver safety by preventing the driver from spiking blind-spot detection. After each driving session, the LCD screen produces a driving "report card" for kids and parents to review. All of which is nice, but there's already technology, like CellControl.com, that offers a better solution — preventing a teen driver from being able to use his or her cell phone while driving. Perhaps Chevy didn't offer that because parents are just as guilty as their children of texting and driving.