Summer goes hand-in-hand with being outdoors. We are all over the place and choosing a car is as important as where you’re heading to. That’s why we at MSZ have partnered with Chevrolet to bring you one of its finest cars. I was provided with a Chevrolet Equinox 2018 for a couple of days to test drive. All pictures and opinions are 100 percent my own.

Test driving Chevrolet Equinox 2018 and sharing some tips on having peace of mind when your teenager is driving. Find more at #carreview

Summer is the best time of the year for road-trips, vacationing; being on the road. That includes our teenagers driving around for some summer fun with us (the family) or with their friends. As a mom of a teenager and an almost teenager I want to feel good about handing them the car keys. Chevrolet is sharing some technology features that I, as a mom, and my daughter both love. Perfect to give you peace of mind when your teenager is driving!

Test driving Chevrolet Equinox 2018 and sharing some tips on having peace of mind when your teenager is driving. Find more at #carreview

My teenage daughter is taking driving lessons. Which means she’ll soon be taking the driver’s license test and be added into the large list of drivers in America. A happy moment for her and proud moment for me. But, also as a parent I can’t help but be concerned about her safety on the road. Can you relate? As we can’t be responsible of other peoples driving skills or lack off, we can do something about our car choice. You know, the one you are planning on letting your teenager drive!

Chevrolet knows parents with driving-age children need a little added peace of mind.

1.     Create awareness: Take the time to sit down with your loved ones and make sure they’re aware that car tragedies peak during the summer. Knowledge is key, so be sure the whole family knows the statistics and takes the time to get to know their rides, maintenance needs and in-vehicle technology.

2.     Remember the basics: While newer vehicles offer advanced safety technologies, recent research from NHTSA shows that deaths resulting from speeding and lack of seatbelt use are on the rise. Just these two incredibly simple things – observing speed limits and always making sure everyone is wearing a seat belt – will help you and your family stay safe.

3.     Remind your family to speak up: Encourage your children to speak up if they are in a situation where safe driving practices are not being demonstrated. Summer often means your kids will be in the car with friends and family without you. No matter what age your children are, they must know it’s OK to remove themselves from dangerous driving situations.

4.     Put your phone away: We know it can be tempting to pick up your mobile device while in your vehicle, but don’t do it. Make use of your vehicle’s available connectivity features like Bluetooth and hands-free calling and keep your eyes on the road. And remember your kids are watching everything you do, so modeling good behavior helps them develop good driving behaviors, too.

5.     Take advantage of all the tech available: Having a teen driver today can be extremely stressful, but thanks to some of the latest technology, it’s also filled with less uncertainty than it used to be. Vehicles today have the ability to provide a report card of your driving’s behaviors and send text alerts when your teen’s vehicle has gone outside of a pre-determined area. Vehicles also have features to help remind parents that they may have left something in the back seat. Making sure you’re aware of everything your car can do to help you keep your family safe is key.

Test driving a Chevrolet Equinox 2018, How to have peace of mind when your teenager is driving

Don’t you just love this feature? I do. And if you have an adult son or daughter that’s a driver, don’t you just wish you knew about this feature or had it available? I hear you! My daughter loves it too. She loves feeling held accountable and that she’s not entirely alone going through her driving experience. We can sit down and use the Teen Driver report and discuss things like; the distance driven, maximum speed reached, over speeding, stability control and other safety concerns she may be having. Let’s get the conversation started and help our teenagers feel in control while driving with tools already available for us to take advantage of.

Test driving Chevrolet Equinox 2018 and sharing some tips on having peace of mind when your teenager is driving. Find more at #carreview

When I was a teenager starting to drive my Chevy I wish I had that extra set of eyes to help me learn more about what I was doing (good or bad) and how to become a better, more confident driver. Come and share with me about your first car and if you; like me, love the features Chevrolet offers on their newer models. Leave a comment on the section below! Can’t wait to know more about you and your first car!