What do I need to know about my driver score?
It is important for you to understand each of the scoring behaviors. Here are the definitions of each behavior and how the scoring scale works.
• Phone – measures how much the driver is moving the phone around while driving, including picking it up or fiddling around with it.
• Jerk – measures harsh or frequent speed changes.
• Swerve – measures harsh or frequent direction or lane changes.
• Turn – measures the driver’s tendency to turn rapidly around curves or turns.
• Brake – measures the driver’s tendency to brake hard relative to other drivers.
• Accel – measures the driver’s tendency to accelerate hard relative to other drivers.
• Speed – measures speeding related to the speed limits and surrounding drivers.
• Eco – measures how the driver’s behavior affects fuel economy. Overall acceleration, speeding, etc. also affects this score.
• Focus – measures the driver’s reaction time to driving situations by analyzing how much attention the driver is paying while driving. Phone usage, jerking the wheel, and swerve also affect this score.
• Handling – measures the driver’s voluntary choices by analyzing how smoothly and calmly he/she handles the vehicle. The brake, swerve, turn, and jerk scores are factors when determining this score.
• Total – the driver’s overall driving score calculated from his/her comprehensive driving behavior.
The score uses a grading system of zero to one hundred (0-100). Zero being the worst score, and one hundred being the best. The harsher the behavior, the lower the score. In Figure A below, the driver had a mild speeding event that lower his overall speeding score. Since it was mild, it didn’t affect it by much. In Figure B below, the driver had a harsher event that did affect his overall score for that trip significantly.
Our patented technology applies other outside factors when scoring the driver, so that all drivers are scored fairly. This would include things like road types, weather, elevation, etc. that will inadvertently affect the driver’s behavior. Depending on the situation, certain behaviors could further hurt your scoring or not affect it at all.
A driver located in a mountainous region will have to use his/her brakes way more than a driver in a flat area. Because our solution creates a fair environment for everyone, it will not flag the driver in the mountains for braking while going down them as it’s a necessity.
A driver on an on-ramp will not get flagged for harsh acceleration, because it’s essential to merge into the fast flow of traffic on an interstate.
In poor weather conditions, a driver should be more cautious. While driving 5 mph (8 kph) over the speed limit might be acceptable in normal weather, it wouldn’t be while the roads are wet or icy. In these cases, it would be safer to drive slower than the speed limit. As an example, the driver would receive a harsher score for speeding in these poor conditions.