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Back-up cameras, blind spot monitoring, and cruise control, oh my!
With the evolution of automated safety technologies in today’s vehicles and the prospect of futuristic, fully autonomous vehicles always in the news, it may seem frightening to allow your teen to drive in a newer vehicle. You are not alone.
Today, at least one Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) feature is available on over 90% of new vehicles in the U.S. These features – also known as collision avoidance technologies – deliver great safety benefits to help save lives and prevent injuries. Still, parental attitudes are key to teens’ acceptance and use of these safety technologies. You must clearly communicate that your teen driver should use these safety features as an “assistance” to driving, and not become reliant on them.
Here are five tips to relieve your anxiety and keep your teen safe by taking advantage of these life-saving technologies.
Above all, make safety a priority. Instead of automatically passing down an older or cheaper vehicle to your teen driver, consider a car that includes safety features which could help avoid or mitigate a crash. With ADAS support, your teen driver can have a safer journey to their destination.
DriveitHOME™ is an initiative of the National Safety Council, designed by and for parents of newly licensed teen drivers. DriveitHOME™ offers free resources parents can use to help their teen build experience to become safer drivers.
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