What Chevy Vehicles Have Teen Driver?
The Teen Driver feature has previously been available on several Chevy vehicles, like the 2016 Chevy Malibu. However, for 2017 this safe-driving advantage will be available on ten models in North America: the 2017 Chevy Camaro, Chevy Silverado and Silverado HD, Chevy Suburban, Chevy Tahoe, Chevy Colorado, Chevy Cruze, Chevy Volt, Chevy Malibu, and Chevy Bolt EV. We’re not sure yet if all these models will be available with this feature in Canada, but we are hoping that they will!
Teen Driver Feature on Chevy Vehicles
But what is involved in the Teen Driver feature? Parents interested in using this features with their learning driver must first register their teen’s key fob with their Chevy’s system settings. After that, whenever that key fob is in use certain safety practices will be in place. Some of these include:
- Muting the vehicle sound system if seat belts are not being used
- Visual and audible warnings when the car goes over pre-set speeds
- Limits on maximum sound system volume
- Limits on maximum speed
- Automatic activation of advanced safety features
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Chevrolet’s industry-first Buckle to Drive feature is available when the vehicle is in Teen Driver mode. If the vehicle is on and the driver’s seat belt is not buckled, the feature is designed to not allow the driver to shift out of park for up to 20 seconds. When the brake pedal is pressed, the driver will hear an audible alert and see a message in the driver information center that reads “Buckle seat belt to shift.
Because Chevrolet is concerned about the risks of not buckling up, it has conducted extensive research in the area. The Buckle to Drive feature in Chevrolet’s Teen Driver system was based on a recent internal pilot study of a similar feature that Chevrolet offered to select fleet customers. In fact, a study conducted by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety found that the feature increased the seat belt use of adults who occasionally use a seat belt by 16 percent compared to the standard audible chime seat belt reminder in a similar Chevrolet vehicle.
“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.”
How Buckle to Drive Works:
- The Buckle to Drive feature is available only when the vehicle is in Teen Driver mode.
- If the vehicle is on and the driver’s seat belt is not buckled, the feature is designed to not allow the driver to shift out of park for up to 20 seconds. When the brake pedal is pressed, the driver will hear an audible alert and see a message in the driver information center that reads “Buckle seat belt to shift.”
- Chevrolet’s Teen Driver system with the Buckle to Drive feature will be standard on the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse, Malibu and Colorado, all arriving this summer.
Today, Chevrolet introduced an industry-first Buckle to Drive feature that can help remind young drivers to buckle up before driving. Buckle to Drive is standard in the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse, and when active can prevent the driver from shifting the vehicle out of park if the driver’s seat belt is not buckled.
Chevrolet has introduced a new safety system called Teen Driver which should drastically reduce the number of deaths and injuries among young drivers. What is does is combine all the onboard safety systems and allows parents to view, on the vehicle’s in-car display, how their teen(s) drove the car with regard to maximum speed reached, distance driven and number of times active safety features were engaged.
Handing over the keys to teenagers for their first drive can be worrisome for parents but new technology is hoping to make it a bit easier. General Motors is introducing ‘Teen Driver’ system at the New York auto show this week.