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Young Drivers welcome ‘Big Brother’ into their cars with telematics

Telematics on the increase

Also known as Black Box insurance, telematics policies offer personalised insurance based on how YOU drive.

The technology is an increasingly popular choice for young drivers, with many receiving discounts of up to 25 per cent on their premiums, which in many cases can be a barrier to car ownership for many young drivers. Close to half a million motorists in the UK now have a telematics box fitted in their car as part of their insurance policy.

The number of motorists choosing an insurance policy that includes a telematics device to monitor their driving has risen by 40 per cent in the last year alone, a new study by the British Insurance Broker's Association (BIBA) reveals.

There are now almost 455,000 drivers in the UK with a telematics 'black box' fitted in their car, compared to 323,000 motorists at the end of 2014.

So if you're frustrated at having to pay a high premium, telematics could be the answer to your car insurance problems.

What is telematics insurance?

Selected insurance providers can now fit a clever device into your car that measures how well you drive. By having the device installed in your car, it's possible for you to prove that you drive safely.

Your premiums are then based on how safe and conscientious a driver you are instead of paying for insurance based on the average driver.

How does telematics technology work?

By tracking your vehicle's movements through GPS systems, insurance providers can assess your driving ability. The following may be taken into consideration:

All you need to do is have a telematics 'Black Box' installed into your car.

What are the restrictions?

Some providers may specify on your policy that you don't drive between certain hours when serious accidents are most likely to happen (usually late night or early morning). This doesn't mean your car is uninsured during those times, although it may affect your driving score.

All you need to do is have a telematics 'Black Box' installed into your car.

19 May 2016

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