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Proof young people are good drivers

An Apple iPhone Drivers aged 17 to 25 are among the best on the road when compared with other age groups, finds a new app that rewards safe driving with cheap car cover.

Young drivers are just as good on the road as their older counterparts, according to new data from Confused.com.

The data also proved that women are better drivers than men – finally settling the debate of which sex is best when it comes to motoring.

This is according to findings from the MotorMate by Confused.com smartphone app which monitors driving behaviour using GPS data.

The app knows what road you're driving on so it monitors how motorists react to real-world driving conditions, taking into account anticipation, pace, acceleration, braking and cornering.

Young drivers come of age

A lack of experience and a gung-ho attitude means young drivers are judged, as a whole, to be the most dangerous drivers.

As a result young drivers face the highest car insurance premiums of all age groups.

Now, it is true that statistics show young drivers are more likely to be involved in a road accident than other drivers.

But our research shows that stereotyping the whole age group as unsafe drivers could be unfair.

Young drivers prove their road skills

These calculations are based on the average overall scores of 500 drivers who have driven more than 250 miles using the MotorMate app.

Once you've driven the 250 miles required to make a fairer assessment of your motoring ability, you receive a score out of 100.

          Age  group        

       Average MotorMate by Confused.com score out of 100 

65+

78

31 - 35

77

46 - 50

77

under 21

76

21 - 25

76

56 - 65

76

26 - 30

75

36 - 40

75

51 - 55

75

41 - 45

71



Drivers aged 25 and under scored higher than all other ages except those in their early 30s, late 40s and the over-65s.

Pensioners topped the list, proving to be the best of any age group using the app, while motorists in their early 40s might want to spend more time honing their driving skills.

Driving out the stereotypes

Joanne Garcia of Confused.com says: "Traditionally, motor insurance prices have been based on the average driver.

"So the youngest or oldest drivers tend to pay more as these groups are more likely to make a claim.

"But there is a definite move towards car insurance policies that give you a price based on your individual driving skills, not that of your age group.

"This means safer drivers are being rewarded, whatever their age."

The app mimics in-car telematics technology, where a black-box device is fitted to a car to monitor driving behaviour such as speed, braking, and cornering.
 
But with the MotorMate by Confused.com smartphone app, there's no need for a black box to be fitted to your car.

Women better than men

In the battle of the sexes, it's women who have shown themselves to be the better motorists, according to the app.

Taking into account anticipation, pace, acceleration, braking and cornering, male drivers returned a lower average overall score than their female counterparts.

Hyundai drivers come out top

Hyundai drivers lead the way when it comes to best motorists by car marque, scoring a total of 85 out of a possible 100 for their driving ability.

Audi, Seat and Skoda drivers all posted average scores below 70.

   Rank   

Car

   Mean score  

1

Hyundai

85

2

Lexus

84

3

   Fiat, Land Rover, Toyota    

81

4

Citroen, Kia, Mazda

80

5

Renault, Suzuku

78

6

Ford

77

7

BMW, Mercedes, Nissan

76

8

Honda, Volkswagen

75

9

Peugeot, Vauxhall

74

10

Volvo

73

11

Audi

69

12

Seat

65

13

Skoda

64

14

Jaguar

58

Good driving rewarded

MotorMate works in a similar way to in-car telematics, but without the need to fit a black box in your car.

Simply download the smartphone app and it will use GPS data to assess your driving skills.

After each journey you'll be given a score out of five, and once you've driven the 250 miles required to make a fairer assessment of your motoring ability, you'll receive a score out of 100.

Once you have an overall score, you can get a discount on your car insurance from participating insurers including Admiral, Elephant, Diamond, Quotemehappy.com and General Accident.

Discounts can be obtained simply by going through the normal Confused.com quote process via the app itself, or online.

How much discount will I get?

Discounts will depend on the individual's Confused.com score and how much their car insurance premium costs.

  • If your car insurance premium is up to £500, you could save up to 10 per cent with MotorMate by Confused.com.
  • If your car insurance costs between £500 and £1,000, you could be looking at a discount of up to 20 per cent.
  • If your car insurance costs more than £1,000 you could get a discount of up to 25 per cent.

Garcia adds: "MotorMate is a great way to prove your driving ability.

"It's a good way to settle that argument with your other half about who's the best driver or challenging your mates to see if they can beat your score."

Download now!

Think you're a good driver? Prove it with MotorMate by Confused.com! Download MotorMate




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Naphtalia Loderick

Naphtalia Loderick

Naphtalia Loderick covers all things consumer for Confused.com. She started out on a weekly newspaper, via a national news agency and a stint in the fun but ‘not as glamorous as it appears on screen’ world of TV at the BBC researching consumer films for The One Show.

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