According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), teens are more likely to take risks while driving. Teens have a higher likelihood of speeding –a contributing factor in 30 percent of all fatal crashes, and are less likely to use their seat belts than older drivers. Ford has a new innovation that helps to combat these issues and give parents peace of mind when handing over the keys to their teen driver.
MyKey technology helps parents encourage their teen drivers to develop good driving habits, even when they are not present in the car. The MyKey system can limit a vehicle’s top speed and control the maximum volume of the radio. Other features of this innovative technology include encouraging teens to buckle up by keeping the Belt-Minder® from timing out and muting the radio until the seat belt is fastened.
Another benefit of MyKey is fuel economy. The system chimes at 45, 55, and 65 mph. Ford research has shown that the 10 mph difference between driving 55 and 65 mph results in fuel savings of 15%. MyKey also provides early low-fuel warnings.
Another study conducted by Ford found that two-thirds of teens would not be against the technology if it meant that they could use the car more often.
MyKey, which uses a SecuriLock system that allows the car to identify which keys are in the ignition and which driving mode to enable, debuted on the 2010 Focus and now comes standard on almost all new Ford models.