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Telematics 'could boost safety among young drivers'

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A new report has found that the introduction of telematics technology has improved the safety of Britain's younger drivers, whether in new or used cars.

Research published by the Co-operative Banking Group has found that more than a third of current drivers are showing excellent driving skills, while only five per cent are displaying poor driving habits.

The scheme involves measuring driver speed, braking and cornering skills and rating these on a scale tying in to the insurance premium that the motorists will need to pay.

David Neave, director of general insurance for the bank, said the "vast majority" of customers are responding well to the carrot rather than the stick approach to insurance.

He said: "Our scheme is only in its infancy but it is clear that if telematics was taken up on a larger scale it could be a major step forward in improving the safety on Britain's roads."

Simon Elstow, head of training at the Institute of Advanced Motorists, recently warned used car owners to make thorough preparations when getting ready to go driving in foggy conditions.ADNFCR-2576-ID-801219317-ADNFCR

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