Do you know all the ways your car keeps you safe?
When you sit behind the wheel of a modern car, it's easy to feel confused by the mass of buttons and lights in front of you. At Coverbox we try and make driving with telematics as simple as possible, so you get all the benefits and none of the worries, because in a technologically advanced world, driving can get really complicated.
£2,500 Fines for Speeding But Will it Make Our Roads Safer?
Effective immediately, new rules will ensure speeding drivers face tougher penalties, with maximum fines of up to £2,500.
You don't need us to tell you that speeding is one of the most dangerous acts a driver can commit, and now, the government has introduced a new set of penalties to crack down on those who ignore speed limits.
Of course, if you remain safe and responsible while behind the wheel, you won't have to worry about the new speeding fines.
This man was saved from a £100 fine by GPS tracker insurance
You may already know that GPS telematics can help you become a better driver, but did you also know the data could be used to prove your compliance with driving laws if you ever find yourself unfairly faced with a fine?
Is this a safer way to open your car door?
Campaigners are pushing for UK drivers to take up a new technique that could see drivers save lives based on how they reach for their door handle.
Responsible drivers stay aware of their surroundings at all times, even when parked. They understand that a lack of awareness could result in serious injury, perhaps even the death, of a fellow road user. For instance, "dooring" incidents, when the opening of a car door clashes with a passing cyclist, have the potential to be very serious, but some people are worried that not enough is being done to prevent such accidents occurring.
The new VED tax rules
The rate of annual tax on new cars (known as Vehicle Excise Duty, or VED) will change from 1 April 2017, affecting new cars bought after this date. However, if you already own your car, then this change won't affect you, but you'd probably still like to save money, here's how Coverbox could help.
Sandboxes and road safety - the evolution of virtual reality
Can virtual reality gaming technology be a realistic tool in the evolution of the safe driving experience? While it's capabilities for turning childhood dreams in a virtual reality are being heavily utilised, road safety campaigners are also putting its capabilities to the test.
Fly me to the shops!
"Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads".
Back in 1989, when the makers of Back to the Future Part II put their vison of a futuristic 2015 onto the big screen, the result brought us hover boards, self-lacing trainers, and a really bad CGI shark effect.
But the main technological advancement Doc Brown and Marty McFly encountered was the flying car. Now that 2015 has been and gone, the reality turned out to be a stark contrast to the fantasy (although the rise of self-driving cars does now seem more of a reality than science fiction).
New study tells engine-idlers to "think of yourself"
Leaving your engine running while stationary for long periods of time can cause significant problems for the environment, not to mention the wasted fuel. Whenever you're at a standstill in your car, you should switch off the engine, but many drivers don't.
So, researchers from the Universities of East Anglia, Kent, and Lincoln set up a test to see if they could influence the behaviour of drivers and cause them to be more aware of their engines. The study was published in the journal "Environment and Behaviour".
Struggling to find a space? You're not alone
Going around a busy car park while trying to find a free space is a pure motoring nuisance that almost all drivers will face at some point. But how much time do we actually spend on our search for somewhere to stop?
New research from the British Parking Association (BPA) has revealed how long the average UK motorist spends looking for a parking space.
Their findings showed that drivers spend 91 hours – nearly four days – trying to find somewhere to park every year.
Telematics - Overcoming stigma for all drivers
Despite most media attention being on the high cost of car insurance for young drivers, new research has shown that older drivers have experienced the largest rise in the cost of cover over recent years.
Young drivers generally have to put up with a lot of bad press, but, unfortunately, accident statistics show their age group is more likely to be involved in serious or fatal collisions, so the cost of their insurance premiums reflect this.