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Buckle to Drive: Chevrolet has a new way to get teen drivers to wear a seat belt  1 Month ago

Source:   USA Today  

Teen drivers who don't buckle their seat belts in select new Chevy cars won't get very far in a hurry.

Chevrolet announced Tuesday it is rolling out a new Buckle to Drive feature this summer in the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse, Malibu and Colorado "designed to not allow the driver to shift out of park for up to 20 seconds" if the driver's seat belt isn't buckled.

The feature works when the automaker’s Teen Driver mode – first released in 2015 and available in other Chevy models – is active.

"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," said Tricia Morrow, Chevrolet safety engineer, in a statement.

Teen Drive mode already automatically mutes the radio until driver and front passenger seat belts are fastened and also allows parents to set maximum speed and audio volume limits.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teenagers, and teens have the lowest rates of seat belt use compared with other age groups. 

Chevrolet said in the statement that the company conducted extensive research about the risks of not buckling up and said the Buckle to Drive feature in its Teen Driver system was based on a recent internal pilot study of a similar feature offered to select fleet customers.

According to Chevrolet, here is how to use the Teen Driver system and Buckle to Drive: 

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