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With blind-spot monitoring devices, rear-view cameras, collision warning systems, and lane departure warnings, technology is everywhere, including under your hood. But what this technology doesn’t do is give you feedback on the quality of your driving.
Let's be honest. Once you pass your driving test, opportunities are few and far between to sharpen your driving skills and correct your bad habits. But it’s something everyone should be doing, whether you’ve been driving for years or you’re new to the road. With the Ajusto app, you can use your smartphone to evaluate your own driving skills and make adjustments as needed.
Four ways to improve your driving habits
1. Take frequent breaks on long trips
Long road trips are a major risk factor for accidents. Frequent breaks are a great way to stay attentive and reduce fatigue. In the end, you come out ahead because you’ll be more alert—and you’ll get a better Ajusto score, too!
2. Drive more smoothly
The app gives you an idea of how sharply you accelerate, brake and turn corners when you drive. In addition to wearing out your car, these bad habits are dangerous for others sharing the road, like pedestrians. Do everyone a favour and ditch this habit—you’ll get a better score while you’re at it!
3. Follow the speed limit
Do we even need to explain this one? Crashing your car at 100 km/h has the same impact as falling from a 13-storey building. In addition, staying within the speed limit will greatly improve your Ajusto score.
4. Choose when you drive
Driving after dark means you have to constantly adjust your vision. Consequently, you start feeling tired and become less attentive to the road. Good vision is critical to safe driving. Your Ajusto score will increase the more you avoid driving at night.
Available in the Desjardins Insurance Home-Auto app, Ajusto uses your smartphone's sensors to analyze your driving behaviour and habits to offer you a more personalized premium.
Signing up for the Ajusto program and download the app:
These tips are provided for information and prevention purposes only. They are general in nature, and Desjardins Insurance cannot be held liable for them. We recommend using caution and consulting an expert for comprehensive, tailored advice.
In Quebec, Desjardins Insurance refers to Desjardins General Insurance Inc. In Ontario and Alberta, Desjardins Insurance refers to Certas Direct Insurance Company, underwriter of automobile and property insurance.