Research by the RAC has found that more than 60% of black box policyholders believe the device makes them safer on the roads.
Black box, or ‘telematics’ insurance, sees a small black box device installed into a vehicle which records information on speed, acceleration, braking and cornering – which is sent back to the insurer.
62% of RAC black box car insurance policyholders believe the device – and its ‘driver score’ feature – makes them safer on the roads, compared to just 12% who think it makes no difference to their driving.
58% claim they now rarely exceed the speed limit, while 30% say that they drive more slowly around bends as a result of the device.
The RAC says the figures support its long-held view that telematics devices help create safer drivers, and illustrate the influence they can have on in-car behaviour.
Mark Godfrey, RAC Insurance managing director, said: “It is very encouraging to hear first-hand from motorists we surveyed that they feel the boxes and the ability to monitor their own driving behaviour has made them into safer drivers.
“We have worked hard to make RAC black box car insurance appeal to a cross-section of motorists by not restricting them with mileage limits or curfews, and it seems this is appreciated by many of our policyholders.”