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New telematics app cuts insurance costs by 15% for van drivers

Direct Line for Business (DL4B) has launched a new free telematics app for van drivers to enable them to monitor driving behaviours and save money on their insurance.

Van drivers (prospective and existing Direct Line customers) can save up to 15% on their van insurance by tracking 300 miles of driving using the DrivePlus Van app, which is available on iPhone, iOS 6 and above, and Android 2.2 Froyo or later.

Once 300 miles are logged, users will be provided with a driving score out of 100 (with 100 being the safest) and a promotion code to redeem the discount via telephone or the DL4B website.

The DrivePlus Van App allows users to untag journeys that are not applicable (e.g. passenger in another car, on train, bus etc.), and records journey time, distance travelled and driving score which enables the user to  monitor their journey.

It will also indicate which journey events impacted the overall score.

Jasvinder Gakhal at Direct Line for Business said: “Telematics has been used for a number of years by fleet managers in order to track their vehicles and optimise productivity. 

"Here at Direct Line for Business we're bringing that technology to owners of single vans in an easy to use app. 

"With capital still stretched for many small businesses, owners of commercial vans are understandably concerned about the cost and risks of operating their vehicle.

"Telematics encourages responsible driving and through our app this can earn drivers a significant discount on their van insurance.”



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