Avoiding becoming distracted when you’re driving sounds simple, but a significant number of people struggle with it. It’s sometimes not as easy as saying “don’t do X” or the “law says you shouldn’t do Y” because people still get distracted – despite knowing this information.
What people need is a method to avoid distraction, ways to remove the temptation before it happens. With that in mind, here are some easy to follow tips to avoid distraction when driving:
1. Keep your mobile phone out of reach
Saying “don’t look at your phone while driving” just isn’t good enough. If you’re prone to being distracted by a text message or a Tweet, then having your phone within reach is asking for trouble. Instead, put it somewhere out of reach. This way, even if you feel the temptation, you can’t physically act on it.
If you don’t trust yourself to take this extra step or fear you’ll forget, ask a passenger to help you enforce it on yourself. This way, they’ll remind you when it’s time to hand over your phone and let you know if something significant happens while you’re driving.
Passengers aren’t always available but allocating this task to a spouse or partner and they’ll also be able to frequently remind you, even if they are not coming on the journey with you.
2. Get enough sleep
Simply telling someone not to drive while tired is useless advice. People need to drive when going about their daily lives, such as going to work or picking up their children from school. These are not things we can avoid. If we’re tired, we need to identify why we are, then fix that issue.
If it’s a one-off on a journey, then pull over and rest for a while. Order a coffee, a sugary snack, or get some fresh air. In cases of extreme tiredness, book a hotel room at the service station or have a nap in your car (providing you’re somewhere safe).
But if your tiredness is a recurring issue, it may be due to dietary reasons or a lack of sleep. Try to identify the problem, visit your GP if need be, and take steps to overcome it. This will make you a safer and less distracted driver in the long run.
3. Limit or be more selective with your passengers
Do you often drive with a carload of rowdy friends or kids who frequently distract you? You may not be able to avoid this, but you can take steps to fix the issue. If you’re the designated driver for your work car-pool, and someone often distracts you while driving, ask them to be quiet when you need to concentrate.
Don’t get drawn into conversations that are all-consuming, such as a politically charged debate or something that raises your emotional state. This can easily cause a distraction when driving. Always make sure your primary focus is the road, not a conversation.
If it’s children in the back seat that are distracting you, ask them to be a bit quieter and explain to them why this is important.
4. Plan your route
You have a sat-nav, you tell yourself, so everything will be fine. But then it isn’t; something goes wrong, then you find yourself fiddling with your GPS while going 70mph and swerving between motorway lanes. If this sounds familiar, then make more of an effort to plan your route.
Or pull over and adjust your sat-nav then if you must. But spending some time planning your route online before a big journey is always helpful. Even if you just make a mental note of the main points. This will prevent you from panicking and getting distracted while you drive.
5. Get organised!
We all find ourselves running late every now and then, have you ever taken your morning coffee into the car with you or that slice of toast? We know we shouldn’t do this but the pressures of everyday life have a habit of catching up with us.
The problem here could be organisation. We may need to get up a bit earlier. By working on our timekeeping skills, we can stay organised and not take any unnecessary risks behind the wheel.
6. Install Telematics Software
Installing telematics software like LoopMatics by Bluesona into your car records your habits and personal driving details. It can also save you money on your insurance premiums. The main advantage of this software is it allows you to see what you’re doing well and where you need improvement. It’s a great way of identifying what’s causing a distraction behind the wheel, which then allows you to commit to changing it. This software really is the future of driving safely.
As the world recovers from 2020, a lot has changed, and the motor insurance industry needs to acknowledge this and adapt – or risk being left behind.
Customer habits evolved in 2020 and many of these changes could end up being permanent. Here’s how insurance companies can keep up with new trends.
The Rise of The Remote Worker
This is something every motor insurance company needs to be aware of, as failure to do so could have catastrophic consequences for our industry. People will always need cars and therefore car insurance. But more people are now working from home as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many of them have no plans to return to the office either. Some due to their employers keeping the working from home idea going – it having worked well, while others may now be embarking on a new remote working career. The pandemic having shifted their career aspirations and set them down a new path.
Whatever the case may be, these people will no longer be driving to work every day. This raises the question; will they still need a car or the products we offer? Lots of people will keep their vehicles, needing them for either personal use or occasional work-related trips. But others will decide they no longer need a car.
One way or another, this will impact our industry. Fewer people will be using cars to drive to work every day, and insurers need to be prepared for this. While we stand to lose some business, we can mitigate this by tailoring our products for this new wave of workers.
Or we can create entirely new insurance products that cater to the modern professional. By doing so, we may retain some customers who were considering leaving. This may even be the difference between encouraging some people to keep their car or not.
By offering new car insurance products that appeal to those who no longer need to drive to work every day, insurers can ensure we remain relevant and lessen any blow that may come from fewer cars being on the road this year.
The Opportunities Offered by Mobile Telematic Technology
The big trend in 2021 is mobile telematics. Customers are starting to realise the benefits of this and we are seeing a steep rise in customers adopting the technology. Or should we say, taking out motor insurance premiums that offer it.
Why is this? Because mobile telematics will inevitably lead to two things: safer roads and cheaper insurance premiums. The two main things customers care about. It’s for these reasons why insurance companies need to be offering this service alongside their insurance products.
The simple act of offering mobile telematics will be perceived positively by customers – even if they decide not to use it. It suggests to consumers that any insurance company offering it is actively looking to provide them progressively lower insurance prices year after year. Therefore, it’s likely to attract more customers for that reason alone – even those who have no desire to install the technology or take advantage of it.
But it will also attract motorists who already drive safely and seek to be rewarded for it. So as long as this is something you’re prepared to do, then offering mobile telematic technology could be a real recruitment driver for your business – more importantly, it will attract the right kind of drivers. Those who are most unlikely to cause an accident by driving dangerously.
We’re of the view that mobile telematic technology is mutually beneficial for both insurers and customers. For this reason, any provider not offering it in 2021 risks falling behind their competition. We’d urge all providers to do some market research to see the facts for themselves – then offer this to your customers.
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Distracted driving is becoming a bigger problem than ever before. It’s a menace that has grown steadily as the public have become more reliant on their smartphones. Smartphone addiction is a leading cause of distracted driving, and it’s costing more than just higher premiums.
Some people simply struggle to remain focused through no fault of their own. The problem is that becoming distracted behind the wheel can have fatal consequences – and not just for the person who’s distracted.
Motor insurance companies have a responsibility to their customers. Not only do they need to be there in the wake of an accident, to offer financial and legal support – but they need to play an increasingly active role in the prevention of accidents.
This will allow insurers to keep their prices as low as can be, maintain their profitability, but above all; keep their customers safe. Insurers need to be there when accidents happen. But they also have a duty in making sure they are kept to a minimum.
Tackling Distracted Driving
Insurers can do this by engaging more with their customers, and not just when it comes to renewal time. They need to take steps to help their customers stay safe on the roads, through advice and practical support.
When a danger like distracted driving grows in prominence, they can help raise awareness and put strategies in place to reduce the risk. Ultimately this benefits everyone.
Technology can help them in this endeavour too, especially telematics. The software that enables insurers and policyholders to work together to gain a greater understanding of danger and how to combat it.
There’s lots of telematics technology on the market today, but when it comes to tackling distracted driving Bluesona are in the lead. Their LoopMatic product is an ideal solution for insurers aiming to help their customers overcome distraction when behind the wheel.
How Does LoopMatics Tackle Distracted Driving?
LoopMatics offers all of the benefits associated with telematics technology, but what makes it really shine is its distracted driving prevention measures. As LoopMatics works through an in-car device and a mobile application, the software knows when the user is driving and engaging with their smartphone at the same time.
Fighting the urge to reach for a smartphone is difficult for those suffering from smartphone addiction. But many accept they need to overcome this problem, as not doing so could lead to an accident.
Naturally, LoopMatics requires user cooperation and consent, like all telematics technology does. But those who willingly offer this will reap the rewards in time. Not just through their increased safety, but through savings in their insurance premium too.
How It Works
LoopMatics utilises an infraction system, if a user glances at their smartphone to read a text message while driving, they will earn a minor infraction for taking their eyes off the road. The user will have needed to pick up their phone or reach across to tap the screen in order to do this. Either way, the software will record this engagement and mark the user down for it.
If however, the user picks up their phone and replies to a text message while driving, then they will earn a major infraction. Not only have they taken a dangerous risk, they’ve also broken the law. While the software will not report them to the authorities for such an act, it will record it in its log files.
The software will later provide a report for the user, advising them what they did well and what they did wrong. Including the infractions. It will then offer some practical tips on what the user can do to avoid making the mistake again. For example, the software will offer to mute and not display notifications while the user is driving in future journeys.
The user can refuse this help, or tailor it to suit their needs. For example, the customer will earn no infractions if they receive a phone call and answer it through their car’s hands-free system. But text messages or social media notifications can still be paused while driving.
How This Helps Insurers
Insurers will also have access to this data, and customers will know this. They will also know that their infractions can influence their insurance premium in the long term. Something that will motivate them to become less distracted while driving.
More and more customers are realising that going with an insurance company who offers LoopMatics ultimately benefits their wallets, not to mention their road safety. They therefore factor this in when shopping for a new premium.
Insurers would do well to take advantage of this too, as investing in LoopMatics technology not only attracts new customers – It attracts the right customers. Those who want to drive responsibly and are prepared to accept your help in doing so.
Telematics: Using Technology To Offer Better Premiums To Your Customers Whilst Keeping You Profitable
All insurance companies want to offer the lowest premiums. After all, offering low prices helps them attract more customers and stay ahead of the competition. But it’s not that simple.
Lowering their prices too much risks driving down profits, which hurts the company in the long run. Putting their business into financial difficulty helps nobody. Employees risk losing their jobs, and they can no longer offer competitive rates to policyholders.
Instead, they aim to strike a careful balance between value for money and growth. Growth allows them to create more jobs, but increased profitability means they can justify keeping prices low too.
Why Driving Safely Is So Important
In an ideal world, all road users would drive as safely as possible. They’d never speed, take risks, or make mistakes. But that’s simply not realistic; accidents happen, and when they do it drives up premiums. Insurers need their customers to understand that reckless driving is one of the things that force them to raise their prices. Road users need to play their part.
Many accidents are avoidable, and drivers who maintain a cautious and safe driving style tend to have less of them. This means safer driving is within both the interest of the insurer and the customer. Therefore, making the roads a safer place needs to be a team effort.
But how can insurance companies help their customers to become safer drivers?
Investing in telematics technology may be the answer. This hardware/software keeps track of your customer’s driving habits, be they good or bad. The software advises customers how they could have made their journey safer through practical tips, backed up by hard data.
Drivers who are committed to improving their road safety will take this advice on board and strive to improve. But as telematics technology is offered through their insurance company, customers have another significant motivator – reduced premiums.
They will be well aware that their driving habits are scrutinised by the very people who set their annual premiums. Therefore, they’ll be keen to drive safely to pay less when their premium is up for renewal.
Some customers will be uncomfortable with being monitored this way, so they will resist telematics technology. But savvy customers will see the benefit to them. For the first time, they have more control over what they pay and can influence it through their own actions.
Their safe driving habits will be backed up by demonstrable data. They can point to this and make their case for a lower premium. This way, safe drivers earn the rewards they deserve.
As insurers, we can rest easy in the knowledge that such customers are less of a risk and grant them what they deserve.
We can gladly offer them lower premiums as we trust the data the technology has provided. Of course, accidents can still happen. But with these drivers, the likelihood of them is significantly reduced. It offers us a fantastic opportunity to treat customers fairly, honestly, and based on their history as a safe driver.
The benefits don’t end there though. Other drivers will recognise the rewards associated with telematics technology, or at least with the insurers that offer it. They will
want to join such companies and will be prepared to improve their driving just to save money.
Careful drivers will be drawn by the possibility of lower premiums, while other motorists will seek to become safer drivers to also take advantage too. Ultimately this technology will attract a greater number of conscientious customers, those who are keen to drive safer and work with an insurer who helps them do so.
While we don’t expect these changes to happen overnight but introducing and offering telematics technology to your customers now will begin this process. Then through technology, your insurance company can start to offer lower premiums, but enough of them to remain profitable all year round.
Where Do I Start?
The technology helps customers become aware of the things distracting them, then works proactively to eliminate these threats to their safety. But it also offers so much more.
Telematics offers a practical way for customers and insurers to work together to make the roads a safer environment. And all make savings at the same time.
Saving money on our car insurance is something we all want to do. But when the time comes to switch providers, we look at who’s offering the lowest price and base our decision on that alone.
This can be a false economy, because 12 months later, when it comes time to shop around again, we do this exact same dance. While we might save a few pound, it’s more work on our part, and we don’t really gain much else.
It’s frustrating because it would be easier for us, and insurers, if we could form a long-lasting relationship with one company instead. One in which our policy decreased in price every year instead of increased – which is so often the case.
Why Do Our Policies Go Up In Price?
In truth, our policies go up in price based on economic factors beyond our and our insurers control. But prices are also influenced by accident statistics and risk calculation. Those of us who’ve claimed our motor insurance tend to understand and accept that our policies will go up in price – especially if the claim was our fault in part.
This is frustrating for those of us who’ve never claimed or been involved in an accident. We feel a sense of injustice when we drive carefully; but then end up paying more money due to other people’s negligence or mistakes.
If only there were another option and a solution to this problem. Well, now, due to advances in technology; there is.
Telematics Technology Can Offer The Solution
While still somewhat obscure, telematics technology is growing in popularity and importance. We think it’s intrinsically linked with the future of car insurance, as more and more people discover the benefits.
The technology records motorists’ habits and offers them scores after each car journey. As well as practical feedback and tips on how they could improve their driving skills in general. But based on their individual actions and backed up by real-life data.
Telematics software collects this data over time, including each driver’s improvements, and feeds it back to their insurer. Then, when it comes time to renew their policy, the insurer will be able to calculate their new premium based on their actual driving behaviours.
If that driver has steadily improved or achieved consistently high driving scores, the insurer will struggle to justify increasing the policy price. This gives the customer a degree of control over their own policy – for the first time ever.
Of course, the policy may go up in price for other reasons. But for once, a customer can legitimately challenge a price hike and use actual data to reasonably argue for a discount. This way, both insurers and customers can work together to make their premiums more affordable instead of jumping ship every year or two.
Careful Drivers Stand To Make The Most Savings
Not all motorists will be comfortable with being monitored by their insurance company in this way. They may have reservations about possible surveillance, but it isn’t really that. It’s merely a way to improve road safety, so insurers can justify offering the best prices to the safest drivers. Instead of all motorists being punished because of a few bad drivers.
Drivers that are already careful when behind the wheel have nothing to lose and everything to gain. They won’t need to change a thing and can just look forward to the savings they’re going to make. Drivers who are concerned with their own and their family’s safety will also feel the benefit.
Only those most resistant to change would consider not to use this technology. Many of us are attached to our bad habits and have no desire to stop indulging them. Using or not using mobile telematics is entirely our choice, but should our premium increase, we only have ourselves to answer to.
The current UK market leaders are Bluesona, who offer their LoopMatics software to customers through various insurance companies. LoopMatics helps motorists overcome distracted driving, as well as offering other excellent methods to improve safety behind the wheel. The company is partnering with an increasing number of insurers and is well on its way to becoming a household name.
To get involved, once your car insurance comes ready for renewal, ask your insurer if they use this technology. If not, find one that does to take full advantage of telematics.
Mobile telematics refers to a range of products that keep track of the driver’s data. This is recorded in an effort to identify trends that can then be turned into practical advice to encourage safer driving.
Motor insurance companies usually offer it through expert third-party organisations that supply them. This helps insurers provide more accurate premiums and essentially reward good drivers through monetary savings. Which along with improved safety, is the other main benefit of installing mobile telematics.
Not only does mobile telematics enable safe drivers to save money on their car insurance, but it also helps all motorists develop their skills and awareness behind the wheel. The software shows their insurance provider how much they are improving, allowing them to apply for a better deal over time.
How Mobile Telematics Works
Mobile telematics is used through a plug-in car device connected to software installed on a smartphone via an app. This software monitors the driver’s behaviour, be it their everyday driving habits or their phone usage while they drive. So, if they decide to read a text message, the app will know.
The app tracks infringements such as texting behind the wheel and offers some practical methods to avoid this. Reading a text message as they drive would represent one infraction but replying would represent a bigger one – as this takes far more engagement and represents a more significant distraction.
The software would alert the driver to their infraction and offer support to encourage them not to do it again. For example, the app can silence all notifications automatically when driving starts to resist future temptation of distraction.
The software also provides feedback after each journey, giving users a score. The app then provides insight into what they did well and where they could do better. The goal is to help them become safer drivers and save money by doing so.
As mobile telematics is provided through the insurance company, they too will have access to this data, and it will influence their coverage – the cost of it in particular. Of course, drivers who want to continue doing things like texting behind the wheel will avoid such insurance companies and resist innovations like this.
But those who are more open to mobile telematics will ultimately reap the rewards. Some people are naturally safe drivers, and they will benefit the most from this technology. They will finally earn the insurance premiums they’ve always wanted and be able to back up why they deserve the lowest prices.
Bluesona’s aim is simple; we want to help reduce distracted driving. In doing so, we hope to make the roads a safer place and help motorists continuously polish their skills.
Of course, increased safety is its own reward, but Bluesona’s products finally offer safe drivers the best path to savings on their insurance premiums. But arguably more importantly, it will help drivers improve keeping themselves, their families and other road users safe.
The good news is using their software/products is free to customers. All they need to do is go with an insurance company that offers the Bluesona product range. Bluesona get paid by the insurers, not through the insurer’s customers.
More and more insurance companies are embracing mobile telematics, and Bluesona is leading the charge in the UK and Ireland. If you’d like to improve your driving skills, improve your road safety, and save money simultaneously, we’d highly recommend their telematics technology.
Every good insurance company knows the key to success is making sure their customers are safe and road accidents are kept to a minimum. This way they can continue to offer the best coverage for the most affordable price.
However, they need their customers to also play their part, and drive as safely as they can. Many customers are already incredibly careful drivers, but others may need our support in improving their skills.
Here are five ways we can help them achieve this:
1. Stress the importance of obeying the law
Laws exist for a reason. Even if your customers disagree with some of them, laws still must be obeyed. Not following them does nothing to help your customers from a safety or financial point of view.
The more laws they break, they are at more risk of having an accident. Make customers aware of the consequences if they are found to be responsible for an accident. Especially if they were breaking the law when it happened.
It benefits them and you for them to understand this. Accidents happen, but they can be minimised by obeying the law.
2. Encourage regular car maintenance
A clean and well-maintained car is a safer car. Wear and tear can be kept to a minimum, and problems can be spotted and resolved before becoming a danger.
The longer people have a car, the less pride they tend to take in it. This means everything except legally mandatory maintenance, like MOT and servicing, often falls by the wayside.
Always encourage customers to keep their cars clean and maintained. Ultimately this will make their vehicle safer to drive, helping keep their premiums down. That is what they care about.
3. Offer regular tips on current trends
As a motor insurance company, you’ll naturally keep up to date on current trends and threats to road safety. Make an effort to inform your customers of this information.
Consider creating and advertising an informative blog or running text and email campaigns geared around road safety. You could even create monthly questionnaires about these topics and reward participation through discounts or prizes.
This will encourage engagement and make sure your customers go out of their way to learn information that will keep them safe. People love chasing a bargain, so help them do so in an educational way.
You can also share real data with them. This way your customers can see that your efforts are motivated by a genuine desire to keep them safe rather than just another marketing ploy.
4. Incentivise your customers
Many customers will roll their eyes at or ignore data and other efforts to encourage them to drive safely. Many will just go back to doing what they always do and resist your methods.
But incentivising your customers through monetary gain (or savings) is always a reliable motivator. Even if your customers don’t seem to value their own safety, appealing to their wallets may get their attention more.
Always try to incentivise anything you do that is customer-facing. Human beings are often guided by a ‘what’s in it for me?’ approach, so make sure there is something in it for them.
Also reward customer loyalty and safe driving. Make these customers know they are valued and that they are your best drivers. If the safest drivers are treated like VIPs and have access to the best premiums, more customers will drive more carefully to attain these same rewards.
5. Offer the latest innovations
Look to technology and the latest trends when adjusting your products. Right now, distracted driving is a major threat to road safety. Smartphone addiction while driving is a legitimate killer, but help is available.
Consider offering telematics technology to your customers, such as Bluesona’s LoopMatics software.
The technology helps drivers overcome distractions behind the wheel and aims to improve their skills with each journey. This d1dddata can be viewed by them on a daily basis, as well as being available to you as their insurer. The safest drivers can then use this information to justify why they deserve the best premiums.
In time other customers will also want to earn similar rewards, so your customers who have LoopMatics technology installed (in their car and phone) will work hard to become safer drivers. In doing so, reducing their risk of having an accident. Also reduces your risk as an insurer greatly.
Installing this technology benefits both the driver and insurer in the long run and represents a worthwhile investment.