Chevrolet Is Making Sure Teen Drivers Will Always Buckle Up

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.

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“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.


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  • Jay

    Why just in teen mode, if the law is to buckle up no matter the distance of the drive why not enforce it at all times.

  • Howfarr

    If you die from not buckling your seat belt its just natural selection.

  • Stephen G

    Oh yeah, the old “do as I say not as I do” trick.

  • Porkopolis

    Approx. 50% of traffic accident deaths are unbuckled occupants and only around 10-15% of people don’t buckle up regularly. Always wear your seatbelt.

    Cue the toughguy comment: My grandma’s cousin saved his life because he didn’t wear a seat belt when he crashed in a rainstorm and got thrown into a pasture, but the lady he was with died of a broken collar bone from the seat belt and drowned from the rain. You’ll never convince me to wear one.

    • Jay

      Yea I’ve heard horror stories, car on fire and the seatbelt wouldn’t unbuckle. Two deaths from that. I’ll admit I don’t wear mine all the time but I’m worried getting stuck when it’s on…

  • dll1183

    In the mid 70’s there was a system that was briefly mandated that required a buckled seat belt to engage the starter. It was so unpopular that the law was rescinded very quickly and contemporary repair manuals have instructions for how to disable this interlock system.
    This feels like a “what’s old is new again” feature, though I don’t disagree with it, especially for teenagers.



  • bxniels0

    I thought the seatbelt was also supposed to protect you from the supplementary restraint system via the the electronic tension retractors.

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