How do I improve my driver score?

You can improve your driver score by working on our four monitored driving behaviours:

Speed rating

There is a strong relationship between speed and accidents, so slow down when driving.

Going over the speed limit means you’ll have less time to react to hazards and your stopping distance is increased. If the worst happens and you do have an accident, the damage -  or worse, the injuries - will be more severe.

Remember – the speed limit is the legal maximum speed for that road. It doesn’t necessarily mean it’s safe to drive at that speed, so you’ll need to judge the conditions.

You can improve your speeding score by making sure you are within the legal speed limit for the road which you’re driving on, while considering other factors, such as:

  • Whether the road layout or conditions present hazards, such as bends. Even if the road is a 60mph limit, it may not be safe to take a sharp bend at this speed.
  • Whether you are sharing the road with pedestrians, cyclists, horse riders and motorcyclists. Reduce speed to give yourself enough time to look at what's around you and be able to react to anything unexpected.
  • Whether there are harsh or severe weather conditions. Stopping distances will be greater and you may have less control of the car so you will drive more safely if you slow down
  • Whether it is dark - driving at night makes it more difficult to see other road users, so slowing down gives you more time to react to what's around you.

Acceleration rating

When it comes to accelerating, easy does it! It’s widely accepted that many accidents are a result of dangerous or risky driving manoeuvres, and driving aggressively.

You can help to improve your acceleration score by accelerating gently and driving smoothly. This could save you money by improving your score, and you’ll use less fuel too.

When you need to stop or slow down, decelerate smoothly to allow yourself more time to think about what’s coming up on the road ahead.

You can also change gear earlier: try changing up at an engine speed of around 2,000 rpm in a diesel car or around 2,500 rpm in a petrol car. This will help you think about your speed and also cut your fuel bill.

Braking rating

Don’t leave braking to the last minute. Give yourself enough time to think about what’s coming up on the road ahead. The safest way to brake is early and lightly, then gradually braking more firmly until you stop.

Only a fool breaks the 2 second rule! In dry, clear and non-hazardous conditions you should allow at least 2 seconds between your car and the car in front as this will allow time for you to brake safely.

Think about the weather conditions too: on wet roads you should double the usual distance and even more on icy or snow covered roads.

Time of driving

At WiseDriving, we don’t place a curfew on your driving. However, there are certain times of the day when accidents are more likely to occur, such as at night, which we take into account. You aren’t restricted to day time driving – however, if you drive between 11pm and 5am this could lower your overall score, so avoid driving at these times where possible.

 

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