The 2022 GMC Yukon arrives as the second model year of the latest fifth-generation SUV, introducing a few updates and changes over the initial 2021 model year. Among these is the addition of the Buckle To Drive safety feature.
For those readers who may not know, Buckle To Drive encourages seat belt use by preventing the vehicle from being shifted out of park until the driver has fastened their seat belt. If the driver attempts to shift out of Park without their seat belt fastened, the system will issue a display message in the gauge cluster reading “Buckle Seat Belt to Shift.” Once the driver has fastened their seat belt, the vehicle can be shifted out of Park. The system will also time out after 20 seconds regardless of whether the driver’s seat belt has been fastened.
The Buckle To Drive feature is offered as part of onboard Teen Driver mode, and can be turned off or on via the settings or Teen Driver menu. Teen Driver mode can be enabled using a PIN in the Settings menu to register the teen’s specific key fob, while also preventing the Buckle To Drive feature from being disabled when the teen is in the driver’s seat.
The system also included on the 2022 Chevy Tahoe, 2022 Chevy Suburban, and 2022 Cadillac Escalade, as well as the Cadillac CT4 and Cadillac CT5. The feature originally launched on certain Chevy models for the 2020 model year, including the Traverse, Malibu, and Colorado.
Further safety features onboard the 2022 GMC Yukon include Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Following Distance Indicator, Front Pedestrian Braking, Rear Park Assist, and IntelliBeam automatic headlamp control.