Teaching Your Teen to Drive

August 23rd, 2019 by

If you’re the parent of a teenager approaching—or recently entering—driving age, there’s certainly no need to tell you that driving is one of the greatest leaps your teen will take toward independence and responsibility.

We also don’t need to point out that these are likely two of the traits, among many, that you deem contributing factors to your own success. This, of course, makes you an excellent role model when it comes to setting examples for responsible driving.

So, with this in mind, let’s talk about the Lexus in your driveway. The vehicle you choose for teaching your teenager to drive, or occasionally lending out in subsequent years, is clearly a personal choice, one you know best how to handle (especially given the above-average accident-rate statistics for young drivers). But, when considering that decision, it’s worth remembering what your Lexus has going for it as a teen-driving vehicle.

First of all, from a learning perspective, your Lexus is an intuitive vehicle to operate, one with steering and throttle systems designed to fluidly, and accurately, respond to a driver’s intent—all helpful characteristics when it comes to helping a learner master basic driving mechanics.

Plus the LCD-lit gauges are carefully arranged for ease-of-glancing while driving, and chances are your Lexus has built-in driving-control features such as Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management[1], which is designed to predict and help prevent a skid before it occurs.

And then there’s the braking technology found in many Lexus models: highly responsive four-wheel disc brakes that include an Anti-lock Braking System to help maintain steering control while braking, as well as Brake Assist[2], which helps provide an additional braking boost in panic-stop scenarios.

Consider, also, that should the unthinkable happen with your teen behind the wheel, your Lexus is one of the most advanced vehicles on the road when it comes to safety.

Before they ever reached their driveways, many Lexus vehicles were engineered with the help of Lexus’ digital safety-research system, called the Total Human Model for Safety.[3] It’s a crash-testing and evaluation system, developed by Lexus (and now shared with other automakers’ research labs), that monitors literally millions of collision data points during impact testing—right down to a potential scrape or bruise.

This tool has helped yield protective safety features like Lexus’s current airbag[4] technology, which is so advanced it can adjust deployment based on the seat-track position of the driver and front passenger, as well as body reinforcements and energy-absorbing crumple zones that help distribute an accident’s impact force, which in turn helps maintain cabin integrity to help protect the occupant.

Finally, we highly recommend checking in with your Lexus dealership team about teen-driving programs it may offer. Some dealerships, for example, offer no-texting-and-driving pledge programs for teens, as well as tours of key driving systems from a Lexus Technology Specialist.

 

[1] Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) is an electronic system designed to help the driver maintain vehicle control under adverse conditions. It is not a substitute for safe driving practices. Factors including speed, road conditions and driver steering input can all affect whether VDIM will be effective in preventing a loss of control. See Owner’s Manual for further details.
[2] Brake Assist is designed to help the driver take full advantage of the benefits of ABS. It is not a substitute for safe driving practices. Braking effectiveness also depends on proper brake-system maintenance, tire and road conditions.
[3] THUMS is used for general research, not for specific vehicle model compliance testing.
[4] All the airbag systems are Supplemental Restraint Systems. All airbags (if installed) are designed to inflate only under certain conditions and in certain types of severe collisions. To decrease the risk of injury from an inflating airbag, always wear seatbelts, sit upright in the middle of the seat as far back as possible. Do not put objects in front of an airbag or around the seatback. Do not use a rearward-facing child seat in any front passenger seat. See Owner’s Manual for additional limitations and details.
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