Updated September 5, 2021 . AmFam Team
With KnowYourDrive®, you can earn a discount on your auto insurance based on how safe a driver you are, and your discount can change based on your distracted driving habits. Many of our customers tell us that knowing their personal distraction habits helps them reduce their distracted driving — and that keeps them safer on the road.
While KnowYourDrive can’t record all types of distraction like applying makeup or eating while driving, it is able to determine distraction that involves your phone. Here are four things KnowYourDrive counts as distracted driving:
The KnowYourDrive app doesn’t record safe, hands-free interactions with your phone when you’re driving. So doing the following won’t lower your discount:
To help drive more safely and maintain the maximum KnowYourDrive discount, here are some tips for how to avoid distracted driving.
If you can connect your phone to your car using Bluetooth or other wireless technology to utilize features like voice commands, consider doing so. That way you won’t need to pick up and hold your phone if you need to answer a call. If your car doesn’t have built-in Bluetooth, consider purchasing a car Bluetooth kit so phone call audio can be routed through your vehicle’s speakers.
If you need to use your phone as a GPS, consider purchasing a phone mount that can hold your phone near your normal line of sight while driving. This location is often above your dashboard, and be sure the mount is securely fastened so your phone doesn’t fall while you’re on the road.
If you don’t need to use your phone for navigation or you can take care of any necessary communication using hands-free features, consider keeping your phone somewhere in your car where you will not be able to access it. Whether your glove box or in the backseat, this can help you avoid the temptation of using your phone while driving.
Check out our resource on how to prevent distracted driving for more tips on staying safe while on the road.