Driver Telematics

The use of driver telematics will become much more widespread over the next few years.

The technology, which includes "black boxes" fitted to cars, has also been rolled out via mobile apps, helps to monitor real driving behaviour.

""Telematics can potentially help people to significantly improve their driving and reduce their risk of crashing by identifying risky types of driving - such as sharp acceleration or braking, speeding and sharp cornering - and then providing advice to drivers on how to drive more smoothly and safely."

Kevin Clinton, RoSPA's head of road safety

Using telematics within an insurance policy that rewards drivers for safer driving provides a powerful incentive for people to improve their driving skills.

""With help, most people can improve their driving, and given the information on where they are falling short of safer driving, coupled with the incentive of a dramatically lower insurance premium, people can adapt their style with the benefit of reducing the accident rate. For too long, the insurance industry has had no real data to help them differentiate premium levels on the basis of safer driving skill. Telematics can help to remedy this and help us to fulfil our mission of saving lives and reducing injuries."

Frances Richardson, RoSPA's operations director

What is RoSPA doing?

RoSPA has published a policy paper, Road Safety and In-vehicle Monitoring (Black Box) Technology in 2013.

We also conducted a pilot project to identify how employers in Scotland could best make use of black boxes to help keep their staff and other road users safe, to meet part of their responsibility to manage occupational road risk, and to improve the efficiency of the business by reducing accidents, fuel and other costs. This was the first research of its kind in Scotland and the results were used to promote the benefits of the technology and to encourage other employers to adopt it.

"By monitoring driving every second, we can develop a detailed picture of the real-life driving habits of young at-work drivers. This black box technology then allows the risk to be assessed very easily and accurately. Information gathered can not only help to motivate drivers and encourage better driving, but also to improve the reputation of the company and help reduce costs."

RoSPA Scotland road safety officer

The report of the Young Drivers at Work (Scotland) Black Box Pilot and the Good Practice Guide based in the project, Using Telematics to Improve Driving for Work Safety: A Good Practice Guide, are published on RoSPA’s website.

We have also published a guide for employers: Driving for Work: Using Telematics.


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