Angie's List: Monitor Your Driving

Angie's List: Monitor Your Driving

If you think your current car insurance rates are too high; there is another option.
Would you let your insurance company track your driving for a discount?
More than a million drivers across the country are already taking part in pay-as-you-drive or usage-based insurance coverage from large providers, such as Allstate, Progressive and State Farm.

“Technology has come to almost every part of our life and auto insurance is no difference. If you have a safe driving record and you have good driving habits you might consider an insurance company that gives discounts when they monitor your driving behavior through a tracking system,” Angie Hicks said.

Hoping to save some money, Lyndi Cook enrolled in a program offered by her auto insurance company.

“Our next renewal coming up we saved ten percent on one vehicle and five percent on another,” Consumer Lyndi Cook said.

Insurance experts say the majority of drivers enrolled save money by releasing information such as mileage, when they drive, how fast, and how hard they apply the brakes.

“I didn’t get a very good grade in braking (laughs) so I’m trying to be more aware of that now,” Cook said.

Some companies track data through a small device that plugs into a port under the car’s dashboard, while others log basic driving statistics using programs such as OnStar.

“It’s perfect for a young driver. If you have a young driver, a teen driver, and you want them to see how they are driving, what their driving history is, what their habits are - that’s a great way for a teen to look at their driving habits and correct those,” Allstate Insurance Agent Ranjit Puthran said.

Some drivers, however, feel the technology infringes too much on privacy and do not want insurance companies knowing everything about their driving habits.

Angie’s List advises consumers to understand what information the company is tracking and how it will be used before enrolling.

“It does not penalize you for your driving history. It only rewards you, those safe drivers that are driving safe. Right now the average savings for a safe driver is 10 percent,” Puthran said.

There are other ways you can save on your car insurance.
Talk to your agent.
Many providers offer discounts for a safe driving record, low mileage, and bundling insurance plans.

How does it work?

·         Allstate and Progressive track data through a small device that plugs into the car’s onboard diagnostic port under the dashboard. State Farm’s Safe Driver Discount program uses OnStar, In-Drive or SYNC communication service to log basic driving statistics.

·         Allstate’s Drivewise program tracks four main areas to determine discounts: Safe speeds, safe hours, safe stops and low mileage.

·         Progressive’s Snapshot program tracks how often you make hard brakes, daily mileage, and when you drive.

·         State Farm tracks mileage and the rate of insurance is specific to miles driven.

·         Most companies allow access so you can go online and track your driving details and projected savings. Some even offer this information on their mobile app.

·         People who show a good driving history can generally save between 10 and 50 percent.

·         Insurance companies say they do not charge extra for poor driving.

 

Privacy concerns:

·         http://www.angieslist.com/files/gps_tracking.jpgBut some believe the technology infringes too much on privacy and do not want insurance companies knowing everything about their driving habits.

·         ItIt’s It’s important for consumers to understand what information the insurance company is tracking and how it will be used before enrolling.

·         Talk to your agent. There are other ways you can cut your insurance costs. Many providers offer discounts for a safe driving record, low mileage, and bundling insurance plans.





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