Chevrolet is offering further peace of mind to parents of teen drivers by introducing the ‘Buckle to Drive’ system, which will be standard on the 2020 Traverse, Malibu and Colorado, from this summer.
Part of the Teen Driver mode, it prevents shifting out of Park for up to 20 seconds if the driver isn’t wearing the seatbelt. During this time, the driver will see a message in the information center and hear an audible alert, reminding them to buckle up.
“Buckle to Drive is Chevrolet’s latest feature designed to encourage young drivers to develop safe driving habits right from the start”, said safety engineer Tricia Morrow. “Buckle to Drive is embedded in Chevrolet’s Teen Driver system and is aimed at helping remind teens to buckle up every time they get behind the wheel.”
Introduced in 2015, the brand’s Teen Driver system allows parents of teen drivers to register a different key fob which, when used, limits some of the functions of the vehicle. For example, it automatically mutes the radio until the driver and front passengers fasten their seatbelts. It can limit the maximum volume to a lower level, as well, and will automatically activate certain safety functions such as Forward Collision Alert, where available.
Additionally, parents can set a speed warning between 40 and 75 mph (64-121 km/h). Exceeding it will activate visual and audible warnings. Moreover, they can also limit the top speed of the car to 85 mph (137 km/h).
When the young driver gets back home, parents can view how they drove on the report card that tracks different features, including the maximum speed traveled, over-speed warnings issued and distance driven. They can also see how many times safety systems such as ABS, traction control and stability control, kicked in.