As a parent, you've obviously faced the worrying situation of your teenage child during the initial stages of driving independently. You have worried about them going too fast, losing control, or doing something foolish on the road that a typical rush of blood could instigate.
There's technology to protect your child now, which will debut on the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu in the US, called Teen Driver. It has been designed to especially cater to teens in the age bracket of 16 to 19 years, given that the fatality rate of drivers tallied by the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) in that segment is almost three times that of those over 20.
The Teen Driver system will allow customisation and tracking of various car activities, including distance driven, maximum speed travelled, speeding warnings, stability control and ABS events, and forward collision alerts and emergency braking alerts (if the car is so equipped).
Parents have to register their teenage child's key fob with a PIN in the settings menu of Teen Driver, and are even given access to determine the top speed of the car, in the range of 40 to 75 mph (64 to 120 km/h).
We sincerely hope someone in our Ministry of Road Transport and Highways is keeping an eye on similar technology, because the application of such protective measures can bring about a huge improvement in our road safety.