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Parents Could Soon Have More Options With Teenage Drivers

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

What if parents could control how fast their teenagers drive?

They could soon have some options when their kids get behind the wheel.

You might be surprised what young drivers think about it.

Many parents may feel powerless when their teenage kids take to the wheel.

Beginning next year, mom and dad will be able to have some control over what their young drivers do behind the wheel.

Ford will equip several models with something called "MyKey."

A microchip in the car key can prevent the driver from ever exceeding 80 miles per hour.

You might expect teenagers to not like the idea.

But that's not what we found when we talked to some Driver's Education students at Bell County High School.

“I think even lower than that! Probably about 70 or so because you shouldn't even be going that fast anyways,” Brooke Howard said.

What about loud music?

The new feature will allow parents to set a volume limit.

Parents will also be able to set warning chimes to go off when a young driver exceeds a certain rate of speed.

MyKey will debut as a standard feature next year on the 2010 Ford Focus and will quickly be offered on many other Ford, Lincoln and Mercury models.


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