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Six in 10 drivers say ‘black box’ insurance has made them safer

Six in 10 (62%) RAC Black Box Car Insurance customers say that having a device fitted in their car to monitor their driving behaviour has made them into better drivers.

The research indicates that drivers feel the ability to monitor their own driving behaviour has made them into safer drivers

The research indicates that drivers feel the ability to monitor their own driving behaviour has made them into safer drivers

The research, carried out with 1,359 RAC Black Box Car Insurance policyholders of varying ages, found that only over a quarter (26%) were not sure whether it had made any difference while only 12% were convinced it had not.

Of the 62% who felt their driving had improved, 69% claimed they had better awareness of what makes a safer driver while 58% said they now rarely exceed the speed limit and 44% stated their braking had become smoother. A total of 39% also said they now accelerate in a smoother way and 30% claimed they are better at keeping to a slower speed around bends.

Analysed by age, the research showed that 71% of drivers aged 17-20 said they’d become safer from using the technology – the highest proportion. The 24-44 age group was the next highest on 57%.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.