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Black boxes doing a good job keeping everyone safe

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Did you see anything about black boxes in the news recently? A headline in The Times saying ‘100 lives saved by black box’?

Well, if you didn't, the article shone a light on the effect black boxes have had on the number of deaths and injuries on our roads.

Of course, with many other road safety measures in place it would be impossible to say that black boxes alone are responsible here, but official numbers show that since 2010, the number of deaths and serious injuries among 17 to 24-year-olds has fallen by 25%. Even more impressive was that drivers aged 17 (who make up the majority of black box policyholders) had the largest reduction, with the number of deaths and serious injuries having more than halved.

Did you hear that? More than HALVED.

Now, we've never shouted from the rooftops that what we're doing saves lives, but we do know that black boxes help young drivers to be safer - and evidently the statistics are backing this up.

While we would never directly attribute the significant reduction in road deaths among young drivers to telematics, the incentives to drive more safely offered through black box technology must have positively influenced the rate of serious crashes.

Mike Ketteringham
Chief Executive at ingenie


One of the main focuses at ingenie to help get crash rates down is talking to our drivers. Our Driver Behaviour Unit speak to hundreds of drivers every month, highlighting areas of their driving that may be slipping, like speeding and harsh cornering, and coaching them on how to improve their driving style.

As a result of these conversations, we see a 90% improvement rate from those drivers, meaning they can go on to earn discounts on their insurance but more importantly - lower their risk of crashing.

But it's not enough. The Department for Transport figures showed last year 1,810 people died on the roads - an increase from 2012. So while telematics is doing its bit for young drivers, there's still a lot of work to do to get these numbers down and keep them down for good.

You can read the full story here.

Katey Gregory

By Katey Gregory

Katey Joined ingenie in 2014 and is in charge of all things social and content. She passed her driving test in 2015 and her first car is a Toyota Yaris T3 named Tyrone.