Since Chevrolet's Teen Driver system was introduced in 2015, the automaker has proven that it is serious about the safety of young drivers. The newest component of that system, Buckle to Drive, demonstrates the lengths to which Chevrolet will innovate to stay committed to safety.
Standard on the 2020 ChevroletTraverse, 2020 Malibu, and 2020 Colorado, Buckle to Drive marks an industry-first in safety. It can prevent the driver from shifting the vehicle out of park while the driver's seat belt remains unbuckled. This precaution is active when Teen Driver mode is on, and is a powerful and effective reminder for any young driver that safety is more important than anything else when going out on the road.
When the vehicle is in Teen Driver mode, the feature will prevent the driver from shifting out of park for up to 20 seconds if the drive's seat belt is not buckled. If the driver presses their foot on the brake in an attempt to shift, the system will release an audible alert, and the driver will see a message that reads "Buckle seat belt to shift."
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the majority of teenagers involved in fatal crashes are unbuckled, a tragic but telling statistic about the unforgettable importance of basic safety precautions. The CDC also found that teen drivers have the lowest rate of seat belt use among all drivers.
Chevy aims for the Buckle to Drive feature to enable positive, open conversations among families and peers about the realities of responsibility and automobile safety. It effectively shows young drivers that driving without thinking of safety first is quite literally a non-starter.
Find the Teen Driver system on new Chevrolet vehicles here at Wiesner Huntsville.