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Warm weather sees increase in dangerous driving

Last weekend was the first sunny weekend of the year and here at ingenie we noticed it triggered a dramatic increase in poor driving among a minority of our policyholders.

ingenie customers receive regular feedback on their driving, and if they are sent a ‘black message’ they’ve done what would be considered a ‘licence losing event’, such as driving 30mph over the speed limit.

Our data showed a sudden increase in dangerous driving, with a 120% increase in the number of black messages issued last weekend.

Getting a black message means you will miss out on the chance to earn discounts on your insurance until next quarter, but more importantly you’re probably putting yourself in a dangerous situation.

We’ve all been there – it’s the first sunny day of the year, you’ve washed the car and are out on the road with the windows down, the open road in front of you and before you know it you look down and you’re over the speed limit
Richard King, founder and CEO of ingenie

“But with 1 in 5 young drivers having a crash in their first six months, it’s really important that young drives stay focused and don’t get carried away with the good feeling the weather brings us. This weekend there’s more great weather on the roads, but we want to remind our customers to stay safe.”

Despite the rise last weekend, fewer than 5% of the young drivers we insure ever receive a black message. Even then, two-thirds of those drivers will then slow down and improve their driving, showing that reckless behaviour is in the minority.

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ingenie is a car insurance brand for young drivers aged 17-25. We fit a black box in your car to assess your driving style. We'll review your policy 3 times a year and those who drive well could receive a discount.

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