Will the My Key keep teens safe?

I read the article we have on our website about the new option on Ford cars that will be out in a few years. They are going to have an option for more parental control over teen drivers.

The My Key program sounds like a great step in the right direction for keeping kids safe while on the road. It will let parents set a limit on speed, radio volume and gives an alert when they are not wearing a seatbelt| but there TMs something that popped into my head while I was reading it.

The option is going to be available in 2010, so we still have a while to wait. But, in all honesty, how many parents are going to buy a brand new car for their teen?

I know I TMm going to date myself here, but my first car was a 1975 Cordoba, yes, a 1975. The picuture I've added to this blog is of a 1975 Cordoba, but it's not the one I had. I wasn't lucky enough to have a pretty blue one, you have to imagine it with a chocolate brown bottom and a banana yellow top. The car was 15 years old when it was given to me. It had been my grandfather TMs car, it was a TANK and I loved it.

I now have a teenaged nephew who is more responsible then most teens. He TMs bought himself his first, second and third vehicle. Each time it was because he wanted to upgrade. Even with how responsible he is, I couldn TMt see him driving a brand new car.

I think that unless you TMre a very well off family, you TMre not going to be able to afford a new car for your teen, and even then I don TMt believe they should have a brand new car. Cars are a way to learn responsibility, if you TMre handed something shiny and new, how are you learning anything?

The idea that Ford has for the My Key option will work great if the teenager takes out the family vehicle, but what about when they drive their own? If they really wanted to make a difference in teen driving safety, then this should be made into a device that could be added to any car. Sort of like a remote starter is now, you should be able to go into a shop and ask them to install the car baby-sitter for your teenager. Of course, that TMs just my 2 cents.