Chevrolet's First Buckle to Drive Feature

Chevrolet's First Buckle to Drive Feature

One of the leading causes of road accidents today is unsupervised driving by teenagers who are not yet responsible enough to be driving alone. Accidents are also the number one cause of teen deaths in the United States. 

As a parent, you won’t always be available to supervise your teenager while driving. Most teens won’t recognize the importance of safety until something goes wrong.  

Chevrolet came up with a safety feature that will make sure the driver buckles up before he or she can drive the vehicle.

The National Highway Traffic and Safety Association (NHTSA) has determined the number one thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash is buckling up.  No teenager should ever have to learn this the hard way. 

Chevrolet’s most useful safety feature, the Teen Driver mode, is an important tool that allows parents to set the safety settings according to their needs and in such a way that the driver cannot change them. 

Chevrolet’s industry-first buckle to drive feature is a part of the Teen Driver mode, in which the car doesn’t shift out of park for up to 20 seconds if they do not buckle the seat belt. An audible reminder and a message on the dash asks the driver to “Buckle seat belt to shift” when the brake pedal is pressed

Chevrolet’s Teen Driver mode with the Buckle to Drive feature will be standard on the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse, Malibu, and Colorado. 

A study conducted by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety reported that the feature increased the seat belt use of even adults who seldom wear a seat belt by 16 percent compared to the standard audible chime seat belt reminder in similar Chevrolet vehicles. Chevrolet has always maintained safety as its priority, and that's why it carried out extensive research on the risks of not buckling up while driving. This new safety feature has proven to be useful. 

Source: Chevrolet