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Launch: The ingenie Parent’s Guide to Driving

The ingenie Parent's Guide to Driving

Let's hear it for the parents

We've spent the last 4 years helping young people get on the road safely and affordably. A big part of any young driver's learning to drive experience is the support of their parents - often financially as well as with private practice and well-chosen words of encouragement.

We love parents. In our Young Driver Report we showed that the drivers in our community who share their driving feedback with a parent are 28% less likely to crash than those who don't. Parents are amazing, so we thought it was time to give them a bit more of the support we give to our young drivers.

The ingenie Parent's Guide

We've loved watching our Young Driver's Guide grow, and seeing how much our young drivers interact with it inspired us to build a brand new area for parents. It goes through the whole learning to drive process, with advice on how to help their children become safe and confident drivers.

Honor Clement-Hayes

By Honor Clement-Hayes

Honor joined ingenie in 2014 and is in charge of words on the Young Driver's Guide and blog. Her first car is a Peugeot 206 cabriolet, which is a very sensible choice for the British climate. Follow her on .

  • Trevor Grieve

    My daughter is using Ingenie, my wife is also on the policy, I also have a Motor Vehicle Trader account so that I can also drive the car beyond what my usual 3rd party cover for driving another vehicle handles, I drive Jaguars mostly…

    So I have a question. Recently my daughter told me that the car was pulling to the right when she brakes, so I took it to work for a day to see if I could find the same fault. Unfortunately I’ve been driving so long that I have a fair understanding of a car fitted with good tyres and new brakes with modern suspension is capable of, my daughter has a Clio 1.5 dCi. So I wasn’t as “gentle” should we say? However Rosie was bang on, it did initially pull to the right and then stopped straight and true, classic sympton of a worn bush and indeed that is exactly what it was, to say that this car passed it’s MOT only last June I was somewhat shocked when the rear wishbone bush fell out as I removed the old wishbone.

    So I might well have affected my daughters score for the last few weeks… Oops.

    The question is, how do we keep Ingenie aware that the driving may be being inconsistant because it’s being used by another person (in my case to check a braking fault out) and is not a real reflection on the usual driver?

    I also have to say, I’m sitting in with my daughter and I’m giving her the benefit of my donkeys years of not getting into trouble. I ride motorcycles too, that alone gives you an understanding of just how blind some people are… So I’m “teaching” her to anticipate what may be ahead by for instance checking bus queues out on the other side of the road as this usually means that there is a bus due (which will most likely mean that there will be some fool pulling off unwise overtakes), approaching roundabouts with her brake lights lit all the time so there’s less chance of a rear end incident, approaching slow enough that she might not need to come to a complete stop, smoothness, using the vanishing point technique when she mets a bend she doesn’t know, braking before the corner then applying a little bit of throttle when the bend opens up to stabilise the car, all things I’ve done for years without even thinking about it…

    • Hi Trevor,

      It sounds like you’re giving your daughter a lot of great advice – the one about brake lights on the approach to a roundabout is brilliant as far too many drivers assume you’ll be darting straight out so they don’t have to slow down. Your daughter is getting a brilliant head start and will probably see the results in her feedback – if she keeps an eye on your driving too!

      As the box is fitted to the car, we can only assess how the car is driven, not how an individual might be driving it. We work out our driving score system based on what we know is safe behaviour for a young driver, so your less gentle driving skills are quite likely to affect her score.

      If you need any more help with feedback, you can get in touch with our customer service team at 0330 303 0014. They’re there until 8pm today.

      Thanks, come back and share more tips with us.


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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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