Help Your Teen Driver Stay Safe

Oct 24, 2018

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Help Your Teen Driver Stay Safe

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Teen drivers face many distractions on the road. OnStar talked with a teen driving expert to find out what parents can do to instill good driving habits and help keep them safe.

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Teen drivers face many distractions on the road. OnStar talked with a teen driving expert to find out what parents can do to instill good driving habits and help keep them safe.

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We talked to an expert about what parents can do to instill safe driving behaviors

Teen drivers are nearly three times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than older drivers, making crashes the leading cause of death among this age group. The reasons are many: distractions from smartphones and other teens in the car, rigorous schedules that leave many teens exhausted while driving, and lack of experience behind the wheel.

As part of National Teen Driver Safety Week, we talked with Sheryl Alpern, a driving instructor at Lee Driving School in Michigan, about what parents can do to help their teen driver develop safe driving habits. 

Sheryl Alpern explains how parents can help educate their teen driver.

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Parents Are the Key: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides resources to help parents learn how they can encourage safe driving behaviors.

Smart Driver: Available to OnStar Members with a properly equipped Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac vehicle, OnStar Smart Driver allows parents to review their teen’s driving habits, including hard braking and acceleration, average speed and time spent above 80 mph.

Call Me Out: This Android™*58 app can help prevent distracted driving by playing personalized audio messages from friends and family calling out your older teen driver*126 whenever they handle their phone behind the wheel.

Teen Driver Technology: Available in properly equipped Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles, this built-in teaching tool helps parents coach their teen driver by allowing them to set high speed warnings, limit the maximum vehicle speed and more. And the in-vehicle report card makes it easy to track your teen’s driving performance and identify problem areas.