The AA is launching Drivesafe, the Drivesafe Box is around the size of a packet of playing cards and is installed in vehicles and measures speed, types of road travelled on, time of day and night plus braking and cornering. Drivers are then able to log on to the internet to find out how they are performing.
Simon Douglas, director of AA Insurance said "it is likely to appeal to inexperienced drivers as well as parents, whose youngsters have their first car. Parents know driving behaviour is being tracked by a system that also provides crash, breakdown and theft alerts. Most people can improve their driving standard and Drivesafe can help them to do that." I believe that in time, systems of this type will become increasingly widely used by drivers of all ages."
From the end of this year, insurers will not be allowed to give women driver’s cheaper policies than men, meaning that many people will see their premiums soar. At the present time young women can expect to pay up to 40 per cent less than their male peers for car insurance. Although young men are statistically more likely to have a serious crash than women, that doesn't mean that all men drive aggressively. Similarly, some young women also take risks when they're behind the wheel. The new AA Drivesafe will identify the safest drivers and reward them.