New 'MyKey' technology helps keep teen drivers safer

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- We're always looking for ways to keep our teenage drivers safer. Now there's new technology that can help teens stay out of trouble behind the wheel.

Thew new Ford "MyKey" technology helps parents encourage teenagers to drive responsibly. Program your key to a restricted driving mode setting that promotes good habits, such as increasing seat belt use, limiting vehicle top speeds and decreasing audio volume.

"You can just set up restrictions to make sure your kids are focused on driving," says Jenny Kester with Sanderson Ford. "You can block incoming calls and text messages so they're not disturbed by that. You can set speed restrictions."

The MyKey system also affords you the option of blocking other drivers from disabling the various driver assist features like traction control, stability control and the new electronic line lock.

D-backs legend Luis Gonzalez is also helping to promote safe driving. His triplets turn 16 on Thursday and their family has teamed up with Sanderson Ford and State Farm to promote safe driving among teenagers.
The D-backs and State Farm are hosting Teen Safe Driving seminars. One teen driver and one parent or guardian will participate in a one-hour interactive driving seminar. Each participant will receive a complimentary D-backs game ticket and be recognized on the field during a pre-game ceremony.

To register, or for more information, visit. Safe Driving Seminars will be held on July 19 & Aug. 2 at 3 p.m. at Chase Field.

You can find out more information about Ford's MyKey online.