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Available on many 2017 and 2018 GMC vehicles, Teen Driver technology can be a useful tool for helping impart safe habits upon young drivers in your family.

Rear Seat Reminder isn’t the only family-focused tech feature you’ll find in select GMC models. In fact, families with teens reaching legal driving age may find the new Teen Driver feature a useful tool for helping to impart safe habits upon new drivers.


Experience plays a big part in safely operating a motor vehicle. Unfortunately, young drivers lack it – and the result is telling. According to the Center for Disease Control, drivers between the age of 16-19 are more at risk of being involved with a motor vehicle crash. Teen drivers in that same age group are also nearly three times more likely than drivers over the age of 20 to be in a fatal collision.

“We developed this system so parents could use it as a teaching tool with their kids,” said General Motors safety engineer MaryAnn Beebe. “They can discuss and reinforce safe driving habits from the very beginning of their teen’s driving years.”


The Teen Driver technology, which is standard equipment on most of the 2017 and 2018 GMC lineup, is a feature that helps guide teens to develop safe driving habits. Teen Driver allows GMC owners to program the equipped vehicle key fob to activate the system. The system is designed to encourage good driving habits while behind the wheel, along with providing feedback on their driving performance through an industry-first report card.

“Teen Driver reinforces safe driving habits, like seat belt use and watching your speed,” Beebe explains. “Teen Driver also makes sure that active safety features if equipped on the vehicle are always turned on so that they can help alert a teen to avoid a crash or lessen its severity.”

Once activated, a vehicle operated with a Teen Driver key fob can limit certain vehicle features and prevent certain safety systems from being switched off. Additionally, an in-vehicle report card can provide details into distance driven, maximum speed, number of over speed warnings, and other driving events, providing parents with useful information for coaching their new driver.


Operating a vehicle with a key fob that has been registered with Teen Driver ensures the following parameters:

  • A message in the Driver Information Center, alerting that Teen Driver is active
  • Audio system muted when driver or front passenger safety belts are unfastened
  • Report Card data accumulates with each trip

Parents can use a custom PIN to enable additional features, including:

  • Speed warning, programmable between 40 and 75 mph
  • Audio volume limit
  • Speed limiter (85 mph, if equipped)

Additionally, when Teen Driver is active, the following available safety feature (if vehicle is equipped) will be defaulted to “ON” and cannot be turned off:

  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • Daytime Running Lamps/ Automatic Light Control
  • Forward Automatic Braking
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Front Pedestrian Braking
  • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
  • Reverse Automatic Braking
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Front and Rear Park Assist


Teen Driver is standard equipment on many new GMC vehicles, including:


A PIN is required to register keys or key fobs, change Teen Driver Settings, or access/ delete Report Card data.

  • When the vehicle is in park, select “Teen Driver” from the vehicle settings menu in the infotainment screen
  • Create a four-digit PIN code, or enter the PIN if you’ve already set one
  • Select “Key Registration” and follow on-screen prompts. If your vehicle is equipped with passive entry, place your key fob in the transmitter pocket
  • Once a Teen Driver key or fob has been registered, you can configure settings and view an on-screen report card. Some settings are non-configurable, meaning that if Teen Driver is enabled, these settings will always be active while others can be customized or turned ON/OFF.

For more information on activating and utilizing Teen Driver on your GMC vehicle, consult your owner’s manual.

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