Back in May of 2019, General Motors rolled out its new Buckle To Drive feature, which can lock a vehicle in Park and not allow the driver to shift until he or she has fastened their seat belt. The feature was included as part of the Teen Driver system, with the goal of encouraging seat belt use. Now, the Buckle To Drive feature is headed to additional General Motors vehicles for the 2021 model year.
The Buckle To Drive feature initially launched on select Chevy vehicles for the 2020 model year, namely the Chevrolet Traverse, Chevrolet Malibu, and Chevrolet Colorado. Now, the feature heads into the 2021 model year for additional models, such as the Cadillac CT4, Cadillac CT5, and several others.
The system works like this. If the driver starts the vehicles and attempts to shift out of Park without their seatbelt fastened, the system will display a message that reads “Buckle Seat Belt to Shift” in the gauge cluster display. Once the driver has fastened their seatbelt, they will be able to shift out of Park.
The General Motors Buckle To Drive feature only works if Teen Driver mode is activated. This drive mode provides several other benefits as well, such as setting speed limits, setting specific geofenced driving area constraints, and setting maximum audio volume levels.
The General Motors Buckle To Drive feature will time out after 20 seconds. What’s more, the feature can be turned off completely using the infotainment system Settings, or in the Teen Driver menu.
For those vehicle owners with new or inexperienced drivers, the General Motors Buckle To Drive feature undoubtedly provides some added peace of mind that the driver will indeed wear their seatbelt as intended.