Buckle To Drive is a GM-developed safety technology intended to promote safe seatbelt use. If the driver starts the vehicle 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’s seatbelt is fastened, they will be able to put the vehicle into gear.
This safety technology is part of the Teen Driver mode and will only be enabled from startup if Teen Driver mode is activated. The system can also be turned off and on in the Settings or Teen Driver menu via the onboard infotainment system.
On a separate but related note, Teen Driver mode can be enabled by creating a PIN in the settings menu that will register the teen’s specific key fob. As such, the system will only activate when that specific key fob is used to start the vehicle. This also prevents teenaged drivers from being able to deactivate Teen Driver mode after they get in, which would also de-activate Buckle To Drive.
In addition to its inclusion with the 2022 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban, this feature was also recently added to the Cadillac Escalade SUV, as well as the Cadillac CT4 and Cadillac CT5 sedans. Buckle To Drive initially launched on select Chevy vehicles for the 2020 model year, including the Chevy Traverse, Malibu, and Colorado.
GM has applied a number of minor changes and updates to the Tahoe and Suburban for the 2022 model year. For starters, the SUVs will offer three new exterior colors, Auburn Metallic, Dark Ash Metallic, and Evergreen Gray Metallic, which will indirectly replace Shadow Gray Metallic and Graywood Metallic. The SUVs will also introduce a new electronic limited-slip differential as an option and see the addition of a new Sport Performance Package, among other small changes.
Production of the 2022 Chevy Tahoe and Chevy Suburban will take place at the GM Arlington Assembly plant in Texas.