Have you heard the term telematics and wondered what it is? Telematics is just a fancy term for the technology of using telecommunication devices such as satellites and GPS to send, receive or store data.
Vehicle telematics is a method of monitoring a car, or truck by either using a smartphone with GPS or by plugging a device directly into your vehicle’s diagnostic port (OBD-II port) and use the vehicle’s onboard diagnostics to record the vehicle movements. Your car’s OBD-II Port is typically located under the dashboard on the driver’s side. Multiple websites offer help in finding your vehicle’s OBD-II Port Location.
The telematics data captured can include location, speed, idling time, harsh acceleration, braking, fuel consumption, and more.
Why consider telematics?
You are a safe driver. Policyholders are often disgruntled to learn that their auto insurance rates are increasing because the overall losses an insurance company is experiencing have increased in a specific region. It doesn’t seem fair to have to pay more due to other drivers causing accidents. Have you ever said or thought,” But I didn’t have any claims or accidents and I am a safe driver. I don’t even drive that much!”?
You want to be rewarded for being a good driver. Telematics can empower you to earn better pricing and be rewarded for your safe driving behaviors. It is a great way to offset what feels like unfairness in paying more or being penalized for other drivers’ poor driving habits.
You don’t drive much. All the telematics plans charge less for drivers that don’t drive many miles. Pay-Per-Mile type of telematics plan is designed specifically to charge for the miles you drive.
What are your Telematics options?
More and more companies are offering telematics. One of the reasons insurance companies are so excited about telematics is that they are finding that it actually improves participants driving behaviors for the long term. This means those that participate will have fewer future losses which will benefit everyone.
If you do not like the idea of being monitored then do consider that most of the mobile app programs are temporary and the participation periods range from only 85 days to the full policy term with some carriers.
Our current carrier telematics programs are:
RightTrack is Safeco’s Mobile App Telematics plan. How does RightTrack work? First, you need to ask your Safeco agent to sign you up for RightTrack. You will then receive a request to agree to the enrollment and a link to download the RightTrack app onto all participating driver’s smartphones. Make sure to forward the activation […]
SmartRide. Nationwide’s mobile app telematics plan. How Does SmartRide Work? Once your agent has signed you up you are sent a link by text to download the free SmartRide app to all driver’s smartphones. Every driver then activates the app by completing a trip and confirming that they were the driver. This starts your 85 […]
SmartMile. Nationwide’s Pay-Per-Mile Program A Pay-Per-Mile program is ideal for consumers who drive less than the average driver. Such as people who live close to work, work from home, use public transportation, or have an extra car that is rarely driven. This program offers the same coverage as a traditional auto policy but with a […]
Progressive’s Snapshot Snapshot can be a great way for Progressive customers to save and be empowered to earn a discount based on safe driving. Snapshot uses a mobile app or plug-in device to observe a customer’s driving to calculate a personalized rate based on how, how much, and when a vehicle is driven. They measure […]
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