Confused.com Reveals That Drivers Are Unaware Of Rewards For Good Driving

The thought of having a telematics device fitted to their car may worry some drivers, and many drivers have not even heard of Telematics technology. However Confused.com has come up with a solution: the ‘Confused.com MotorMate’ driving app which is now available on Android and launched today on iPhone to coincide with the launch of the iPhone 5.

Confused.com MotorMate app will allow drivers to monitor their driving behaviour by using their mobile phones GPS. The app will assist drivers in finding out about telematics and how they can be rewarded for good driving. The app is free to download from Google Play and Apple’s App Store.

With the introduction of telematics devices safe drivers may no longer have to pay the same high car insurance price as someone who drives like a ‘bat out of hell’. Telematics devices, which monitor a driver’s skill and rewards good driving, are becoming increasingly popular, according to car insurance experts at comparison site, Confused.com, who now have several black box insurance providers on their books and have their own telematics app. However, new research also shows that many drivers remain unaware that they could be rewarded for good driving.

Almost two out of five drivers (38%) say they would consider having a telematics device fitted in their car. However, almost half (47%) of drivers have told Confused.com that they are still unaware of the new telematics, or black box, devices, which can reduce car insurance costs for careful drivers. Once they know about the boxes, saving money is a motivator for 86% of drivers, and deterring theft by using a black box as a tracking device is a motivating factor for 43% of drivers.

Young drivers are most likely to consider having the devices fitted: 40.5% of 17-24 year olds say yes they would consider getting a telematics device fitted, compared to an overall average of 38%.

Regionally, London has the least awareness of telematics. Only 36% of drivers said ‘yes’, they have heard of telematics, black boxes or pay-as-you-drive technology, compared to a national average of 44% and just 34% of London’s drivers say they would consider having one of the boxes installed, as opposed to Northern Ireland where a whopping 54% of drivers say yes to the idea of the devices.

Significantly more men than women (50% v 39%) have heard of this new technology, but interestingly a similar number of men and women would consider having the devices fitted: 38% of women and 39% of men.

Joanne Garcia Head of Emerging Products at Confused.com said: “Telematics offers drivers the chance to save money on car insurance. Although the benefits are there for all drivers, it can be especially welcome to younger drivers considering that 17-20 year olds are paying an average of £2,491 for a comprehensive policy.”

“Also by offering our customers our Confused.com MotorMate app if they are unsure of telematics it allows customers to try the telematics experience before having to commit. The app allows us to reward our customers for being good drivers. By using the app drivers can really understand how they drive and over time they can improve on their driving skills, making them a safer driver and hopefully making our roads safer too.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about telematics can download the free app called Confused.com MotorMate

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Honesty Not The Policy In Sydney Car Parks

Touch parking is on the rise in Sydney suburbs with nearly 70 per cent of drivers having had their car damaged while it was parked, research by NRMA Insurance has found*.

The insurer’s claims data also shows that the Inner City is the place where you’re most likely to return to your parked vehicle and find it damaged with no note, followed by the Inner West and Eastern Suburbs.

“Our research showed that a note is left by the offending driver in less than nine per cent of cases”, said NRMA Insurance spokesperson Andrew Tubb.

“Sometimes people may not realise they’ve hit another vehicle or maybe they think it’s such a gentle hit they haven’t done any damage”.

“Although a lot of drivers do not own up to hitting a parked car, there are a lot of witnesses to touch parking – two in three people have seen a car connect with another car while trying to park in a tight spot.”

And with increased residents and limited parking spots in many Sydney suburbs, touch parking is likely to be an ongoing issue for NSW drivers.

“We think that at times maybe out of frustration, drivers may try to squeeze their car into a tight spot to rush to their destination”.

“No matter what the reason, if drivers do accidently hit a car while parking, we’re encouraging them to do the right thing and leave a note – you never know when you might be on the receiving end and find your car damaged,” Mr Tubb said.

NRMA Car Insurance offers some tips to try and avoid touch parking:
– If you hit a parked car, do the right thing and leave a note with your details;
– If you witness a collision, pass on any information you have to the innocent party;
– When looking for a parking spot, consider the size of the park and if there is adequate space for your vehicle; and
– If you have a passenger, ask them to get out and guide you into the parking spot.

* Based on a survey of 450 NSW drivers by Pure Profile Research & on NRMA Insurance car claims data for the financial years 2008-2011.

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Europcar’s Lost Property Reveals The Secret Life Of Its Hire Cars

Europcar the leader in car hire services in Europe for business and leisure users, hires out thousands of vehicles every day. But the variety of weird and wonderful items left by customers never fails to puzzle Europcar staff.

Unsurprisingly, sunglasses, CDs and loose change are the most common items left in Europcar vehicles. However, some customers carry more intriguing cargo when they travel, as Europcar’s lost property department has recently reported. Some of the more unusual items found in Europcar vehicles include 30 plants, two 6×10 ft. oil paintings, a live mouse in a cage, hedge trimmer and ashes in an urn.

The urn of ashes was found when a vehicle was returned by a car hire at Belfast airportcustomer. The ashes of the customer’s mother had been brought over from South Africa and the customer was relieved to have them back so that she could scatter them at her mother’s birth place.

And all the glasses that go unclaimed are recycled as part of Europcar’s ‘Go Green’ pledge.

Perhaps the best item was left behind by a car hire in Blackpool customer. It was a life-size dummy, dressed as an old lady and left in the boot of a Ford Focus. The Europcar driver had the fright of his life when he thought he’d found a body.

“Judging from our lost property, our vehicles have a tale to tell,” said Ken McCall, Managing Director, Europcar UK Group. “But our staff always go out of their way to reunite our customers with their forgotten items, no matter how bizarre.”

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SEAT Brings in Dual Vocation Training System

SEAT has announced it will replace the current training system in its Apprentices School with a dual one, based on the German system. This will combine theory and practice, and provide students with solid professional experience. The new syllabus will increase the number of hours by 57% (from 2,950 to 4,625) in comparison to the current system, and gives equal importance to training and work in terms of hours.

The new dual training model at SEAT’s Apprentices School will be a three-year course of study. Students will sign a training and apprenticeship contract, and all will receive a monthly payment. First-year apprentices will receive 250 Euros, second-year students 420 Euros, and third-year students 530 Euros.

Josef Schelchshorn, SEAT’s Vice-president for Human Resources, expressed his great satisfaction at the introduction in Spain of a system similar to the German one. “The project means a quantum leap in quality for our School. We are broadening and improving the training of apprentices before they join SEAT, while at the same time forging closer links with the world of work”.

Schelchshorn added that, “it is a matter of great pride for SEAT to be able to contribute to Spanish society in the form of quality training and employment.”

To date SEAT has been offering two years of Middle Grade vocational training cycle, completed with an additional one-year training course to provide students with better qualifications before joining SEAT. The syllabus now becomes broader: 1,700 work-hours are included in one of the company’s production plants, whereas to date 600 hours had been devoted to practical work in workshops. Productive practical work is also introduced in the training centre itself in order to respond to the needs of some company technical departments, allowing students to put their theoretical knowledge to practical use.

Also, first-year students will be provided with 160 hours of hands-on in-factory training in July, to which a total number of 200 hours for English language training will be added in the second and third years, as well as the continuous specialised training offered to those workers already on the SEAT workforce. Each apprentice will also have a personal tutor for the duration of the apprenticeship.

For the current academic year 2012-2013, SEAT will have an intake of 61 new first-year student apprentices, chosen from a record number of 400 applicants for the centre. As has been the case to date, once the apprentices have successfully concluded their three-year course of study, they will be entitled to join SEAT on a long-term contract. Thanks to the new contractual relationship provided by dual training, the students’ links and identification with the company will be strengthened, while at the same time increasing the attractiveness of both the centre itself and of SEAT as an employer.

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Europcar Announces Winner Of Social Media Caraoke Competition

Europcar the leader in car hire services in Europe for leisure and business users, has crowned David Sodergren, from Edinburgh, the winner of its highly successful social media campaign.

The Europcar Caraoke Competition, which ran across both YouTube and Facebook, encouraged consumers to show off their star quality in a bid to find the UK’s best in-car karaoke performer.

With weekly prizes up for grabs and the grand prize of the Fiat 500, 148 videos were submitted which were watched by 79,578 members of the public via YouTube, as Europcar tapped into the consumer appetite for TV talent shows. David was chosen, based on hundreds of votes by the general public on the Europcar Facebook page, winning with their rendition of The Final Countdown by Europe.

Commenting on the success of the Caraoke Competition, Ken McCall, Managing Director, Europcar UK Group said: “We are absolutely delighted for our winner, David, and want to thank everyone who took part in this very successful competition. It was another example of Europcar’s focus on engaging with consumers, using social media to create a buzz around our brand by reaching out to a new audience. We had a 33% increase in Facebook likes since the start of the competition so we’re very pleased with the results achieved.

“As market leader, Europcar continues to look at new ways to communicate with our customers. We continue to harness the power of social media to raise brand awareness and encourage consumers to explore Europcar’s innovative range of car hire services.”

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Ticket Relief Is Now Social!

Ticket Reliefannounced today the launch of its official social media platform, including the company’s presence on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Ticket Relief’s first-ever Facebook page (http://www.Facebook.com/TicketRelief) will focus on developing direct connections to the mainstream audience, making this the ideal destination online for those who utilize the services of the preferred choice for satisfying traffic school on the Internet.

Following Ticket Relief on Twitter (http://www.Twitter.com/TicketRelief) will give the opportunity for people to instantly connect to breaking news on Ticket Relief services, promotions, forthcoming contests, prize giveaways, and also chat (via the #TicketRelief hashtag) about what they enjoy about the Ticket Relief experience.

Ticket Relief’s YouTube channel (http://www.YouTube.com/TicketReliefTV) will allow people to have the access to see up close and personal what Ticket Relief is all about and connect 24/7 with an expanded audience on one of the most exciting and popular online platforms. Ticket Relief’s first two YouTube videos are now available for download, with new ones coming later this fall.

Through this innovative approach in online expansion, Ticket Relief hopes to earn the attention and trust of its future customers, while satisfying the needs of its current clientele by putting their information needs at the center of its business model.

The right content through the interactive channels of Ticket Relief is the next step toward bringing tomorrow’s socially-led media world into today.

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Diamond Reveals Young Women Unprepared For Change In Gender Law

In just over three months’ time a new law comes into force which will prevent insurance companies from pricing premiums based on gender. This is likely to mean higher car insurance premiums for young women, but new research reveals the majority of those who will be most affected by the change are completely unaware of it.

The EU Gender Directive becomes law on 21st December. Diamond, a specialist in car insurance for women, surveyed 1,000 women motorists aged under 30 about the Directive, and found that many of them don’t realise how much it will affect them.

More than half (51%) of those surveyed were unaware of the Directive at all. When asked when they thought the Directive was coming into force only 16% correctly knew that it was later this year. More than a third (36%) thought it was already the law with 16% saying they thought it came in last year and 20% that it came in earlier this year.

Dave Halliday, Diamond managing director, said: “The EU announced it was changing the law regarding gender back in March 2011, which might explain why so many women think it is already in place. However insurance companies have been given until December this year to make the necessary changes to how they price premiums.

“Unfortunately the change is likely to result in higher insurance premiums for young women. This is because from a risk point of view women will have to be treated the same as men, and young men in particular have the worst driving record and are the highest risk. Young women, particularly those aged under 22 should be aware that their premiums will probably be higher when they come to get insurance from 21st December onwards.”

Years of data clearly shows that young men have a far worse driving record than young women. Diamond’s own statistics show men under 21 are four times more likely to have a dangerous driving conviction than women the same age, and the cost of the accidents they have is worse, on average accidents involving men under 21 cost 48% more than those involving women under 21.

Despite the EU’s assertion that men and women are the same, Diamond asked the women surveyed their thoughts on the issue. 72% said they believe men and women drive differently, while a massive 83% believe men and women think differently. Not surprisingly only 7% of them believe men are safer drivers compared with 56% who think women are safer. 37% believe they are the same.

Diamond is looking for the thoughts and comments of young women on the EU Gender Directive and will enter any women who leave a comment on its website into a draw to win an iPad. Diamond has also produced a fun video with comedian Sy Thomas to show the difference between men and women. It can be found at www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mshm3Wzk8Eo&feature=plcp.

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SEAT Sets Its Sights on Russia

SEAT has announced the reinforcement of its presence in Russia while strengthening its international expansion plans. The Spanish company, participating in the Moscow Motor Show, has opened a new chapter hand-in-hand with the Volkswagen Group importer to profit from the experience of the company in this market.

So far this year SEAT has doubled the size of its network in Russia, and already has 22 dealerships there, located in Moscow and St. Petersburg, plus other major cities such as Yekaterinburg, Chelyabinsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan and Rostov-on-Don. SEAT will open three new dealerships before the year’s end, bringing the total number to 25. The aim of opening further dealerships is to cover most of the regions of the European part of the country.

SEAT President and Executive Committee Chairman James Muir stated Russia is yet another example of company’s strategy to open up new markets. He said: “We see great potential for SEAT in markets like Russia. Great design, high quality, outstanding engineering and innovative technology bring something new and fresh to the dynamic Russian automotive market.”

“The Moscow Motor Show represents a key stepping stone in the ambitions of SEAT in Russia,” Muir concluded.

At the Moscow Motor Show – the country’s most important annual automotive industry event – SEAT has announced the growth of the product range in Russia with the start of sales of the Alhambra MPV this autumn. The Alhambra is in addition to the three models currently marketed in Russia: three versions of the Ibiza (3-door SC, 5-door, and ST estate), the Leon hatchback, and the crossover SEAT Altea Freetrack, all of which are built at the Martorell plant on the outskirts of Barcelona.

Besides these four models, SEAT is also displaying the IBX, a hybrid crossover concept car than won accolades from the press and public at last year’s Geneva Motor Show for its winning combination of design and outstanding versatility.

Since Russia is a priority market for SEAT in both the short- and long-term, it has its own infrastructure in Moscow in charge of rolling out the development plan. Russia is a country with strong growth potential, and which aspires to make itself the largest car market in Europe over the next few years. In 2011 more than 2.6 million cars were sold – a figure beaten only by Germany (almost 3.2 million units) – and sales have grown 14.3% during the first half of 2012, exceeding 1.4 million vehicles.

SEAT exports about four of every five cars it manufactures to 75 different countries. One of its aims is to increase this percentage by opening up new markets, including China, where marketing activities began last April. During the first half of 2012 SEAT has achieved strong growth in Mexico (10,214 cars sold, +20.5%), Algeria (5,191, +150.0%) and Israel (3,787, 85.7%). The company has also improved its deliveries over the same period in such competitive European markets as Germany (28,404, +8.0%), the United Kingdom (19,763, +6.8%) and Switzerland (4,159, +19.4%).

In parallel, this year the Spanish brand finds itself in the full flood of an unprecedented product offensive. Over the next few months the return of the Toledo and the new Leon will be added to the Mii and the new Ibiza, already on sale. Growth in the number of models will enable SEAT to broaden its market coverage and provide it with the optimal basis for continued growth in its export markets.

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