How does Chevrolet help teen drivers stay safe on the road?


Raising a child presents many joys along with unique challenges. You teach them every step of the way and you want to keep them safe. As they grow, the lessons change, but keeping them from harm remains a paramount concern. As such, you may feel both excitement and concern when your teenager gets behind the wheel for the first time.

Fortunately, Chevrolet understands your teen driver concerns and equips your Chevy with technology to help teach teen drivers the proper techniques to keep them safe on the road. At the same time, Chevy’s teen driver systems allow parents to monitor performance, set operational parameters, and even offer programs to help coach teens when improper driving behaviors arise. Let’s take a closer look at how Chevy’s teen driver technology allows parents breathe just a little easier.

Buckle to Drive Technology

Available on select new Chevrolet models, Buckle to Drive technology provides peace of mind to parents. This industry-first technology prevents teens from driving without their seatbelts buckled. The system, when activated, allows your teen to turn on the vehicle. Then, the system alerts your teen driver to buckle up.

If your teenager tries to shift into gear, the system won’t allow it, flashing the warning and initiating a 20-second wait period. Your teen must then buckle their seatbelt, and after the 20 seconds have elapsed, the system will allow them to shift into drive or reverse.

In addition to these drive limitations, the Buckle to Drive system automatically mutes the audio system until all front passengers have buckled their seatbelts. According to a CDC Transportation Safety report, 43.1% of high school students don’t buckle their seatbelts when riding with others, so this added function helps you protect your child’s friends as well.

Speed Warnings

In that same CDC report, statistics show that young drivers between 15 and 20 years old are more likely to speed and allow shorter following distances between vehicles. The more prevalent this behavior became, the more Chevrolet recognized it could help. As a result, Chevrolet introduced a speed warning alert to combat this bad habit.

You can set a speed limit for your vehicle before your teen gets behind the wheel. When your teenager exceeds this speed limit, the system gives them visual and audio alerts. The system won’t automatically slow them down, but the alert warns them of their behavior and encourages them to slow down. It also sends the alert to your report card — more on that feature later.

Speed Limiter

In addition to providing alerts when speeding, parents can also activate a speed limiter function. This system won’t let your child travel any faster than 85 mph. This limit prevents reckless behavior such as drag racing and driving for thrills.

Audio Limit

Chevy’s Audio Limit technology allows parents to set a maximum volume on their car’s stereo. Because many teen drivers play loud music, this can distract them as they’re learning the rules of the road. The audio limit feature offers a compromise: Rather than eliminating music entirely, it allows music to be played at a reasonable volume so it doesn’t take the driver’s mind off of traffic.

Automatic Driver-Assist Activation

Vehicles equipped with teen driver technology automatically activate all driver-assist systems when your teenager gets behind the wheel. Distractions happen to us all, but new drivers are more vulnerable to them. You’ll worry less knowing that automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, blind-spot alerts, and rear cross-traffic alerts actively help lessen the chances of a collision.

Report Cards

New report card technology built into this system enables you to pull up actual data that provides you with knowledge of your child’s driving behavior. Having a report card to review with your teenager gives you actionable and teachable data to discuss with them. In addition, this report card helps parents speak intelligently about their child’s habits and provides them an opportunity to discuss more appropriate driving techniques.

Data on the report card includes the distance the teen driver has traveled, which can help parents identify how far afield their children range. You can see their maximum speed over their time behind the wheel, which can help identify speeding habits. The system tracks warnings and alerts such as how many times your teenager was warned about speeding and how many times the forward collision alert system was activated.

You also receive data on how many times the traction and stability control systems are activated. These systems activate when your Chevrolet detects possible control issues to adjust throttle, suspension, and braking to keep the vehicle under control. Parents can counsel their children on proper driving techniques that keep them in control of the vehicle. The report card even tells you how many times the throttle was wide open, indicating dangerous driving behavior.

Chevy Safety Assist

Most new Chevrolet vehicles come equipped with Chevy Safety Assist, a suite of driver-assist technologies designed to help keep you safe. These systems use radar and optical sensors to monitor your Chevy’s surroundings. Then, when a potential hazard or dangerous situation occurs, the systems send visual and audio cues to help drivers mitigate or avoid a possible accident.

Chevy includes a forward-collision warning system with automatic emergency braking with the suite. The FCW can detect vehicles, objects, and even pedestrians. You also get a lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist, the following distance indicator, and automatic high-beam headlights.

You can add blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and an advanced camera system. In addition, Chevy offers a safety alert seat that provides vibrational alerts through the seat that indicate the direction of possible hazards.

When it’s time to let your teenager get behind the wheel, we hope you consider the benefits of Chevy’s teen driver technologies. This technology provides you the perfect coaching opportunity to help your teen learn. If you’re interested in learning more about this innovative technology, please contact us. Or, if you prefer a personal demonstration of these systems, you can stop by our dealership at any time. One of our friendly, knowledgeable staff will show you how they all work.