Car companies implement new safety features to combat distracted teen driving

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GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) – According to the CDC, six teenagers die every day in car accidents.

Car manufacturers are working to stop distracted teen driving by implementing new safety features.

Ford, Hyundai, and Chevy all have new systems that are available in some models. The 2016 Chevy Malibu has a new system called Teen Driver.

Parents can program the teen’s key fab, so they know what the driver is doing when behind the wheel.

“It gives them a lot of data to go back and look,” said Mike Phelps, co-owner, Phelps Chevrolet. “Speed, collision, brakes, radio, seatbelts, passengers, and a number of other things as well.”

It even includes a feature that turns off the music if a seatbelt isn’t fastened.

Ford’s My Key has similar settings.

My Key allows you to program your keys to promote safe driving habits,” said Bill Welles, General Manager of Ayden Ford. “Things like radio or volume control, speed control, seatbelt alerts that go back to the parents if it’s a young driver.”

This past year, there were three teen fatalities in Pitt County. NC Highway Patrol says anything to combat distracted teen driving is a good thing.

“Distracted driving for teenagers is a big problem,” said Trooper Doug Coley, NC Highway Patrol. “One of the biggest problems that we have is that you have inexperienced drivers, and when they’re going down the roadway, anything that takes your eyes off the road is a danger.”

Car companies hope these new features will help stop the problem.

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