What is the Chevrolet Buckle to Drive feature?
Safe driving for young drivers is a critical issue, with automotive accidents the leading cause of death for people aged 15 – 20. Buckling up the seat belt is the best way that drivers can protect themselves in a car accident, but teens have among the lowest rates of seat belt use. To help address this issue, Chevrolet created the industry-first Buckle to Drive feature, which helps remind young drivers to buckle up before driving.
Chevrolet Buckle to Drive Feature
The Buckle to Drive feature comes standard on the 2020 Chevy Traverse, Malibu, and Colorado. It’s only activated when the vehicle is in Teen Driver Mode. If the vehicle is on and the driver’s seat belt is not buckled, the feature won’t allow the driver to shift out of park for up to 20 seconds. When the brake pedal is pressed, the driver will hear an audible alert and see a message in the driver information center that reads “Buckle seat belt to shift.”
Chevrolet Teen Driver Mode
In addition to the Buckle to Drive feature, the Chevrolet Teen Driver Mode offers several other features to improve safety for young drivers. This includes an in-vehicle report card that that helps encourage safe driving habits, automatically turning on active safety features like Forward Collision Alert, the ability to either mute or turn down the volume of the radio system, and the ability to select a speed warning and a limit on the maximum speed.