Chevy cars won't let teen drivers start driving until they buckle up



It'll be launching this year on the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse, Malibu and Colorado with more models likely to follow. Upon pressing the brake pedal, the first step in shifting out of Park, the vehicle will chime and show an alert that reads, "Buckle seat belt to shift".

Chevrolet on Tuesday unveiled Buckle to Drive, the newest addition to the Teen Driver suite of safety features.

Buckle to Drive is one of several features available in Teen Driver, which is linked to a specific keyfob and can also mute the radio when seatbelts are undone, set off an alarm if you break a certain speed and limit the top speed to 85 miles per hour. The system also creates report cards that track metrics like distance driven and the number of times safety systems are activated.

Parents can program the teen's key fob to enable the modified driver settings, so it'll automatically turn on once the teen gets behind the wheel.

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You can't drive without your seat belt.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for US teens and teens have the lowest rates of seat belt use compared with other age groups. Eventually, Chevy could expand the feature to other drivers, but this seemed like the most effective place to start, Morrow said.

Based on Chevy research, more than 70 percent of drivers try to shift the vehicle to drive within 20 seconds of getting in to the auto, so the safety team wanted seat belts on within that initial time period.

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