Telematics insurance has helped cut young driver casualties by a third

New research has revealed that the number of 17 to 19 year olds killed or seriously injured on UK roads in the last six years has declined by over a third.

Road casualties in this age group have fallen by 35 per cent since 2011, which is more than twice as much as the entire driving population as a whole, which fell by 16 per cent.

This marked reduction in the youngest of driving casualties was dubbed 'compelling evidence' that telematics black box insurance policies - of which four in five young motorists have today - are improving road safety standards.

Black box safety benefits: New analysis of road casualty rates has shown that deaths and serious injuries involving the youngest drivers have declined by 35% since 2011. The fall is being linked to greater adoption of telematics insurance among 17 to 19 year old drivers

The analysis of road casualty statistics was conducted by LexisNexis Risk Solutions, which said black box insurance policies had played a role in 'cutting road casualties among the youngest and most vulnerable drivers'.

According to the British Insurance Brokers' Association, almost 1million motorists had a telematics policy in place in the UK.

This requires the motorist to have a black box fitted to their car that monitors their actions behind the wheel and not only relays the information to their insurance provider but also affects their driving score - thus impacting their premiums when it comes time to renew - but also gives insurers to opportunity to educate new drivers about being safer on the road.

In return, young drivers are rewarded with lower insurance costs, which can be astronomically high for this age group.

Telematics provider Marmalade said earlier this year that its young drivers are three times safer than the UK average with only one in 15 having an accident within the first six months of passing their test compared to the UK figure of one in five.  

The 35 per cent reduction in road casualty rates in 17 to 19 year olds reported by LexisNexis is also despite the 10 per cent increase in the number of vehicles on the road between 2011 and 2016 and a seven per cent increase in the number of driving licences held across all ages since 2012.

As more drivers take up telematics insurance policies (blue line) the casualty rates (orange line) have generally declined

Graham Gordon, director of global telematics at LexisNexis Risk Solutions, said the insurance sector 'deserves a great deal of credit' for developing products that promote safe driving

Graham Gordon, director of global telematics at the business said: 'Our analysis of road casualty statistics factors for key road safety advances such as improved roads, better junction design and new car safety technology - but the patent downward trend in the 17 to 19 age bracket points to an additional factor at play, the increasing availability and adoption of telematics insurance.

'Young drivers remain the riskiest drivers on our roads but the insurance sector deserves a great deal of credit for developing an insurance product that encourages safer driving and delivers fairer pricing to young drivers based on their road behaviour.'

The research comes at a time when policy analysis shows a decline in the cost of telematics policies.

LexisNexis claims they have dropped by as much as 50 per cent since 2013, meaning they frequently turn out to be the most affordable policies when young drivers search for motor cover on comparison sites. 

Reginald Pitcairn, 77, is one older driver using a telematics policy. Despite losing his no claims discount in a minor crash last year, his premiums rose by just £3 because black box data showed he's a safe motorist

Tim Marlow, head of autonomous and connected vehicle research at insurer Ageas said telematics could now play an important role in reducing UK road casualties, which have flat-lined in recent years.

'It’s good to see that telematics are both giving young drivers access to insurance products designed to meet their needs and reducing the number of young drivers who become casualties,' he said.

'Future developments of this technology offer the potential to reduce casualties amongst other age groups, making a welcome contribution to our stagnated casualty reduction targets.'

That was one more fatality than recorded in 2016, the Department for Transport said, though 1,153 fewer than a decade before in 2007. 

Crispin Moger, ceo for Marmalade, celebrated the study, saying: 'The reduction in the number of claims is one thing, but the impact on road deaths is phenomenal. 

'Being a provider of telematics insurance, it’s hard not to be frustrated when you see there is a perception that telematics is used to 'track' and present limitations for the young driver because this couldn’t be further from the truth.' 

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  • Sanlam's list of the 14 best income UK funds yields 5.6%

    Sanlam's list of the 14 best income UK funds yields 5.6%

    ld but when it comes to long-term returns they are among the most reliable.</p><p>The Barclays Equity Gilt study shows £100 invested in the UK stock market in 1899 would have been worth £16,004 by 2017 - but would have reached £2,635,984 with dividends taken into account and reinvested.</p><p>The tricky part for investors is navigating their way through the stock market and spotting the companies that can deliver over time – or the fund managers who are good at unearthing them.</p><p>If you can find an investment that pays out dividends as reliable as clockwork then the returns will build up over time</p><p>For the latter, there are a few handy reports that come out each year and the latest edition of one of them Sanlam’s White List has just landed.</p><p>It looks at total income, capital growth and volatility over the past five years in an attempt to name the best prospects for investors. The top 14 fund on it have an average yield of 5.6 per cent.</p><p>Sanlam names Troy Trojan Income, Axa Framlington Monthly Income and Miton UK Multi Cap as its top three UK income funds.</p><p>The Sanlam study is worth a look for some pointers, but there is, of course, the question of why would you even use a fund manager?</p><p>Plenty of investors choose to research and buy individual shares themselves, but the reality is that many people don’t have the time to do that properly.</p><p>For those who would rather outsource the hard work to someone whose job it is and has greater resources to do it, a fund or investment trust is a wise move.  </p><p>You could pick a tracker that simply follows the stock market and picks up the dividends along the way – the broad UK stock market index, the FTSE All-Share, currently yields a chunky 4.29 per cent.</p><p>However, that does mean relying heavily on a fairly limited number of companies to do the dividend heavy lifting – and these tend to be big, mature firms with limited opportunities for growth, such as Shell, BP, HSBC and GlaxoSmithKline.</p><p>Alternatively, you could find a fund or investment trust manager who goes looking for dividend prospects among smaller and medium-sized companies with headroom to grow.</p><p>This is something that is well worth bearing in mind when weighing up funds or investment trusts and Sam Lees, at Fund Expert argues that ‘the consistency of growth in the income a fund pays out’ is as important as any of the measures in the Sanlam study.</p><p>This is one of the reasons why I favour funds and particularly investment trusts that look for dividends lower down the company scale than among the giants of the FTSE 100.</p><p>What’s also important is avoiding the dividend traps.</p><p>These are the companies that look like they pack a hefty payout, but only have a big eye-catching yield due to a collapse in their share price - and a dividend cut or worse is on the way.</p><p>In my early days of investing, my first experience of a dividend trap was HMV. I was lured into its shares by an 8 per cent yield, thinking that as the last remaining music store on the High Street the firm couldn’t possible fail. I was wrong and it went bust (and recently did so again).</p><p>I imagine there were more than a few income fund managers who also made that HMV mistake, but the advantage of a fund or trust is that your money is spread around, so at least you are not too heavily affected by such a collapse.</p><p>Investing for income through an investment trust carries an extra advantage too, they are able to hold over some of their payouts in the good years to help cover the bad.</p><p>Investing has proven to be the best way to beat inflation and grow your wealth over the long-term, but how do you get started?</p><p>And if you do already invest but feel you’ve lost track of your goals or ended up with a jumble of investments, how can you improve things?</p><p>In this podcast, Simon Lambert and Georgie Frost dive into how to be a smarter investor.</p><p>They bust the jargon and look at why people should invest, how to get started, what investments you can choose and how to find the right ones for you.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday &amp; Metro Media Group</p>

    1 February 07, 2019

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