Dangerous driving incidents cut by fifth thanks to smartphone app

Young drivers in Northern Ireland reduced their number of dangerous driving incidents by a fifth using a new smartphone app.

ChilliDrive by Autoline Insurance measures speed, acceleration, braking and cornering during journeys to identify areas for improvement.

After six months, users slashed the average value of claims made by 50%, research by the insurer said.

Suzanne Curtis, from Autoline, said: “As a local insurance broker, we’re passionate about working with young people to make our roads safer.

“The Respect the Road campaign is part of a wider effort to create better driving habits and help raise awareness of the consequences of dangerous driving – particularly the devastating impact of using a mobile phone at the wheel.

“We are especially proud of our ChilliDrive app which is having a positive impact on users, helping them identify areas for improvement and significantly reducing their incidences of dangerous driving.”

The data relates to drivers aged 17-21 and was revealed as part of a road safety initiative which recently brought a car crash simulator to freshers’ weeks at Queen’s University and Belfast Met.

Sixty-eight people died on Northern Ireland’s roads last year. Almost 30% were aged under 25.

The car crash simulator is a specially equipped Ford Focus ST that includes in-car screens, speakers, smoke machines and bespoke hydraulics to recreate a real life fatal crash incident that led to a 17-year old driver being sentenced to prison.

ChilliDrive uses telematics technology to monitor the driving habits of its users and grade drivers on a scale of 1-5 for each recorded trip. The app creates a profile of each user and rewards safer drivers with improved rates and a significant discount on their premium.

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