Today we start an interesting experiment here at EFTM. Trevor and myself are going to measure our driving skills, or lack of. We’re doing this via a new mobile app called UbiCar.
The app uses advanced mobile telematics technology to keep a check on how safe you are as a driver. It measures all the important data including phone distraction, speeding, acceleration, braking and cornering.
Better still based on your results UbiCar can find you a cheaper insurance deal.
Carolyn Batterton, an UbiCar spokesperson says, “Surprisingly reckless cornering is a major problem, where a motorist takes a corner too quickly. UbiCar data revealed this is more common than phone distraction and speeding,”
She added, “Our data shows that 16% of UbiCar users are rated at lower than 50 out of 100 when it comes to their cornering, compared to just 2% for phone distraction and 0% for speeding.
“Around a fifth of all fatal accidents take place on or around corners, similar numbers to fatal accidents caused by speeding and driver fatigue.
“To address this, UbiCar aims to reward good driving behaviour within the app. Australia has relied heavily on penalties to try to improve driver behaviour for far too long so a positive approach is long overdue.”
Trends in the US have shown a reduction by 35 per cent in smartphone use and 20 per cent less hard braking and speeding within a month of using the app.
Today is day one, I can faithfully report that Trevor is already rated as an appalling driver. We, or I will keep you posted.
Chris is EFTM’s Motoring Editor, driving everything from your entry level hatch to the latest Luxury cars through to the Rolls Royce.
He has been in the media for 20 years, produced three Olympic games broadcasts, attending Beijing 2008 & London 2012.
Strangely he owns a Toyota Camry Hybrid, he defiantly rejects the knockers.
Chris is married to Gillian and resides in Sydney’s North West. They have Sam the English Springer Spaniel and Felix the Burmese cat to keep them company, and recently welcomed baby Henry to the family.