For many young drivers, having their driving licence is a rite of passage and getting their first car a sweet reward, the key to achieving independence. One thing that can stand in the way of this, however, is the cost of insurance. Insurance companies base their quotes on general statistical evidence, which isn’t particularly favourable to young drivers.
According to a BBC report, one in five drivers are involved in an accident within the first 12 months of being on the road. Statistically, an 18-year-old driver is three times more likely to crash than a 48-year-old driver. In addition, more than one in four motor-related injury claims costing over £500,000 involve drivers aged under 25. All these figures add up to one thing: high insurance premiums for young drivers.
This doesn’t always seem fair, especially for those who consider themselves safe and considerate drivers, who are probably more up to speed on the laws of the road having most recently learnt them for their theory test. Because of this, many new drivers are looking for ways to reduce the cost of insurance and, in turn, lessen the total cost.
This is where telematics, or more commonly known as black box technology, comes in. The use of telematics in auto insurance is growing in popularity because it can knock up to 30 per cent off policies, helping young drivers save up to £1,000 in the process.
How does it work?
Black box insurance aims to offer young drivers a less expensive alternative by basing premiums on the actual driving style instead of relying on those statistics. In black box insurance, the car is fitted with a small device that’s close to the size of a smartphone. This device records the time of day the car is driven, the number of miles travelled and the average speeds on different types of roads.
In addition to the basics, the black box also evaluates the driving style by monitoring acceleration, cornering, and braking. The collected information allows the device to build up a comprehensive profile of a driver and come up with a driver score.
How can it help lower premiums?
Drivers who have a black box installed are given access to a secure website where they can see how they are performing, and if they need to make improvements to the way they drive. There are also tips to improve their driver score and ultimately decrease the cost of insurance. Insurance policies linked to black boxes charge premiums on a monthly or quarterly basis, so the insurer can lower the cost to reward safe driving while setting a higher premium for risky drivers. If you don’t travel too far you might also find yourself paying less.
In a sense, black box insurance not only helps young drivers with the cost of car insurance but also makes them safer drivers. The feedback and messages sent to insured drivers show the areas in which they’re driving well as well as where they can improve.
Black box insurance is an excellent choice for young drivers, especially those who can’t afford the cost of traditional, statistics-based policies and who can benefit from safe driving tips.
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