Teens have among the lowest rates of seat belt use. It is estimated by the CDC that the majority of teenagers involved in fatal crashes are unbuckled. Fortunately, Chevrolet is working hard to combat this statistic. One of their latest features, buckle to drive, is designed with young drivers in mind. Buckle to drive is part of Chevrolet’s Teen Driver system aimed at helping teens develop safe driving habits from the start.

Chevrolet’s Research

Extensive research was conducted by Chevrolet to combat drivers who don’t buckle. Chevrolet rolled out a similar feature and offered it to select customers for an internal pilot study. A study conducted by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety later found that the feature increased the seatbelt use of adults who occasionally use a seat belt by 16 percent. This was compared to the standard audible chime seat belt reminder in similar Chevrolet vehicles.

How Buckle to Drive Works

The Buckle to Drive feature is only functional when the vehicle is in Teen Driver mode. If the vehicle is on and the driver’s seat belt is not buckled, the feature will prevent the driver from shifting out of park for up to twenty seconds. When the brake pedal is pressed, the driver will hear an audible alert along with a visual message on the infotainment system that reads “Buckle Seat Belt to Shift.” This Teen Driver feature will be available on the standard 2020 Chevrolet Traverse, Malibu and Colorado. The vehicles are set to arrive in the summer of 2019.

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About Chevrolet’s Teen Driver

A parent can enable the Teen Driver feature by creating a PIN in the setting menu allowing them to register their teen’s key fob. The Teen Driver settings will only turn on when that specific key is used to start the vehicle. The following are a few other features that Teen Driver offers when it’s activated.

  • Parents can view how their teen drove their vehicle. The report card tracks distance driven, maximum speed traveled and over-speed warnings issued.
  • Option to mute the radio until the driver and front passenger seat belts are fastened.
  • The radio system’s maximum volume can be set to a lower level.
  • Active safety features are turned on if the vehicle is equipped with them like the Forward Collision Alert.
  • Speed warnings can be selected between 40-75 MPH. If a teen exceeds those speeds, a visual warning will appear along with an audible chime.
  • Parents can choose to limit the maximum speed of the vehicle to 85 MPH.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, buckling your seatbelt is the number one action drivers can take to protect themselves in the event of a crash. The Teen Driver mode accompanied by the Buckle to Drive feature are both great initiatives to keep our highways safe and our teenagers secure. If you want to learn more about this technology, and what it’s doing to keep teens safe, read Chevrolet’s Teen Driver technology helped combat “100 Deadliest Days” of driving.

Chevrolet’s industry-first Buckle to Drive

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