New technology can now reassure worried parents after they hand over the keys to car-sharing children.

Skoda's 'geofencing' can send alerts if their child is speeding - and even dictate exactly where they can take their car.

For most young drivers the prospect of buying their own motor after passing their test is slim and many only manage to stay on the road thanks to mum and dad loaning them the family car.

However much they trust their children, it doesn't stop most parents worrying about their children when they are out on the road.

But the clever geofencing technology sets a predetermined area parents would like their children to remain in. Once activated owners can set a 'green' area in which the car can travel freely without notifying the owner.

If a teenage driver strays into a 'no-go' zone the owner receives an alert from the Skoda Connect mobile app. Alternatively, the owner can set up a 'red’ zone in which they don’t want the car to go.

Skoda Ireland's Raymond Leddy said: "The system is ideal for parents who may be concerned about their newly-qualified children’s use of the family car.

"Geofencing and Skoda Connect gives parents peace of mind when it comes to their children borrowing the car.

"In addition to geofencing we have Skoda speeding alert technology built into our vehicles to warn parents of excessive speeds."

They are not the only features available. The Skoda Connect system can also link an owner's phone to the car allowing them to remotely lock and unlock the vehicle, locate their parking position, see live consumption data and other driving stats.

They can also honk the horn and flash the lights from their mobile phone to help them locate the vehicle in a car park.

'Geofencing' is now available as standard in the vast majority of the manufacturer's vehicles.