Technology is everywhere these days and like most drivers, you’ve probably noticed it in your car, too. Along with the more obvious in-dash features like access to playlists, Bluetooth, GPS and Wi-Fi—all things that can cause distraction in the car—another technology, one that can help you and your teen be a safer driver, is also emerging.
MyCarDoesWhat.org is a new program from the National Safety Council and the University of Iowa. Like DriveitHOME, MyCarDoesWhat is backed by research and its goal is to educate drivers about the safety features on their cars—how they work and how to use them properly.
This is a great resource for parents coaching teen drivers. The safety features now available on cars are probably different from what was available when you were learning to drive. Your teen has the benefit of growing up with these features and they will undoubtedly become a larger part of their driving experience.
MyCarDoesWhat covers a wide range of safety features, including the latest technology like Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) and Lane Departure Warnings, which can actually assist the driver in preventing crashes.
Even if you don’t have a car with the latest features, MyCarDoesWhat covers many you probably do have like Anti-Lock Braking Systems (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS)—each of which are government mandates for all new cars.
MyCarDoesWhat is packed full of videos, graphics and other resources—they even have a game for your Android or iOS device—which can help you and your teen recognize and utilize the safety features on your car.
Your teen will still need to learn the basics. They need to know how to pump the brakes in case they are in a vehicle without ABS. They should always check blind spots, even with a blind spot monitor. And a backup camera is no replacement for turning to look back and make sure there are no children, pets or objects behind the car befroe going into reverse.
Make sure your teen knows they are their car’s best safety feature and that these features are there to assist—not replace—their judgment.