5-step guide to getting your driving feedback in the green
Understand how your feedback works
The black box is measuring 4 main areas of your driving:
- Acceleration - how suddenly you're pressing on the gas
- Braking - how gently you're coming to a stop
- Cornering - how smoothly you're taking bends
- Speed - how well you're keeping within the speed limits
Depending on how you're driving in each of these categories, you'll get a colour category for each, along with a driving score out of 100.
Good - no harsh driving has been picked up. Zilch. Nada. Nothing. You're amazing.
Okay - for the majority of the time your driving is smooth, but there's been a few occasions where it's been a bit harsh.
Needs Improvement - your driving is a little bit hit and miss and some areas need more focus.
Unsafe - the box is always picking up harsh driving from you and you're taking risks on the road.
Dangerous - your driving is a big concern and could lead to your insurance being cancelled.
Highly Dangerous - there has been a serious occasion of reckless driving or you're ignoring our safety warnings.
Download the ingenie app
Tonnes of driving data is sent through to ingenie every day from the box in your car. Then LOADS of clever systems process that data, which is all personal to you, to show you where you can improve to get the top discount. But if you're not seeing that info - you're not going to know how far off the green you are.
You can view your feedback online via your My Account or to check your feedback quickly and easily you can download the ingenie app.
Check it every 10 days
Drivers who check their feedback are less likely to have a crash too, so it's SO important you don't just download the app and forget about it.
Everyone likes getting top marks, right? By checking your feedback when it comes through every 10 days, you're going to be thinking about those weaker areas in you driving more, making improvements and focusing on getting those messages green.
Spend time working on areas for improvement
Getting better at something doesn't happen overnight. It relys on a conscious decision to change something - and keep at it. If the same feedback categories are flagging up for improvement again and again, you'll need to change something about your driving style.
You know you can drive safely. You know what smooth driving looks and feels like, and you also know when you've pushed your luck on the road by overdoing the gas or letting yourself get distracted.
It's simple: drive how you were taught by your instructor and you'll be laughing all the way to the bank.
Get in touch for help
There's nothing wrong with reaching out for a bit of help if you're struggling. With anything.
We've got a team of driving experts and road safety heads working for ingenie, so if you just can't figure out why you're not reaching the green zone - get in touch. We can take a closer look at the data from your box to pinpoint any problem areas for you.
Your route to work, that tricky slip lane by the shopping centre, that stretch of motorway on your way home. It's usually the regular trips we make that catch us out and if that's the case - that's the easiest thing to fix.
Trust us. Follow these steps and you'll be in the green in no time. 😉
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.
In all the excitement to get out on the open road, you can sometimes forget to read all the information about the insurance you're signing up to. "If I drive well, I pay less, yep, yep, got it - can I drive now?"
We're all guilty of skimming over the detail, but a big part of your insurance with ingenie is being able to earn some sweet discounts back. And if you're happily plodding along with yellowy-okayish driving feedback, you're not going to be earning the top cash back.
If this sounds a bit like you, here's a recap on some of the basics so you can ramp-up the rewards of your safe driving.