Monitoring Driving Habits Utilizing Your GPS

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Drivers have, for a lot of years now, added sure after-market units to their vehicles to assist drive down the value of their insurance coverage premiums. These units are added primarily to forestall theft, e.g. monitoring units, immobilisers and different after-market locks, however now GPS firms have teamed up with insurance coverage firms in Europe to trace the driving habits of drivers.Insurance coverage firms have at all times categorised their shoppers in response to “risk factors” like the world the place you reside, your age, your gender and the kind of automotive that you just need to insure. That is the business customary, however it may be irritating for drivers who’re paying excessive premiums merely attributable to these components. Properly now you may show to your insurer that you’re a low threat consumer regardless that chances are you’ll be a younger male who drives a high-powered automotive, which is normally seen as excessive threat.

Such a expertise has been round for a lot of years already in monitoring programs utilized by fleet managers, logistics firms and transport suppliers to trace the driving habits of their drivers. This expertise has now been integrated in (PND’s) private navigation units for mild autos. The suppliers of those PND’s have launched these new options to try to counter the stiff competitors for cellular GPS’s and GPS purposes discovered on most cellular units and app shops.These new units observe the braking, pace, acceleration and distance travelled to present insurers helpful knowledge of how the automotive is pushed. Should you brake gently more often than not, drive only a few kilometres each month and take-off gently from cease indicators or visitors lights then you may count on to get a reduction in your insurance coverage premium as you’d be profiled as a “safer driver”. The machine can even observe the quantity of instances that the driving force exceeds the pace restrict of the precise street that they’re on and put this into usable knowledge to be despatched to insurers. The one slight downfall of that is that you’d must hold your GPS machine on each time you drive with a purpose to produce correct knowledge.

That is simply one other small method that drivers can save on their insurance coverage premiums. This expertise successfully places you in charge of your premium so long as you obey the visitors guidelines and drive in a protected method. PNDs with this expertise are anticipated to succeed in South Africa in early 2013, however no SA insurance coverage firms have talked about that they may endorse this expertise as but.

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