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Teen Drivers Receive Alerts To Fasten Seat Belts With New Tech From Chevy

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Chevy introduces the new Buckle to Drive feature designed to prompt teen drivers to buckle up before hitting the gas
Photo: John F. Martin for Chevrolet

The Buckle to Drive feature from Chevy, designed to help teen drivers remember to fasten their seat belts before hitting the gas, is an innovative technology and a first for the automotive industry. This feature expands the benefits of the automaker’s inventive Teen Driver technology, which allows parents to monitor the driving habits and mistakes of their young, inexperienced drivers. Currently, the advanced Buckle to Drive system is a standard feature on the 2020 Chevy Traverse, Colorado, and Malibu.

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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 Tricia Morrow, Chevrolet safety engineer. “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.”

To activate the Buckle to Drive feature, the Teen Driver system must be on. The feature monitors if the driver hasn’t buckled his or her seat belt and stalls shifting out of park for a maximum of 20 seconds. Visual and audible alerts will activate when the driver presses on the brake pedal before the seat belt is fastened.

“Safety is our number one priority at Chevrolet,” said Morrow, the mother of a teen driver. “I come to work every day with my children in mind because there is nothing more important than their safety. My hope is that Buckle to Drive will help guide more young drivers to wear their seat belts and encourage positive conversations among teens, their peers and parents.”

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