I would like to take this month’s editorial to encourage drivers to sign up for a Black Car Fund pilot program featuring a FREE new benefit that can dramatically increase safety, offers chances to win prizes and helps save money on insurance, fuel and auto maintenance.

The new benefit, called Safety Advancement for Excellence in Driving (S.A.F.E. iD), uses telematics technology to help drivers improve their driving habits in ways that will not only save them money, but also helps avoid the hassles and dangers associated with getting in an accident. The technology uses a dashboard camera and/or an on-board diagnostic device to provide drivers with tips and vital statistics key to improving driving habits in ways that help you save money on fuel, reduces the likelihood of an accident and by “driving smarter,” lowers maintenance costs. Drivers can also participate in fun program challenges to earn rewards for their accomplishments and may be eligible for a discount on their insurance.

Telematics – which fuses the sciences of telecommunications and informatics – is widely used in shipment deliveries, emergency warning systems, fleet management software and, of course, GPS.

In the unfortunate event that you are involved in an accident on the job, your S.A.F.E. iD device helps jump-start the claims process and ensures you get the proper healthcare and workers’ compensation, easing your concerns in what is always a stressful situation.

Only 1,000 drivers will be chosen to participate in the S.A.F.E. iD pilot program – and as of early March, more than a quarter of the spots had already been taken. So, I highly recommend signing up for the program ASAP at www.nybcf.org/safeid.

The S.A.F.E. iD program was launched in Feb. It is scheduled to run as a pilot for six months before launching as a permanent free benefit for covered drivers.

If you have any questions or would like to request more information, contact Lionel Morales at lmorales@nybcac.org.

Article by Neil Weiss

Neil Weiss is the Editor/Publisher/Owner of Black Car News and Livery Times. He has been involved in the ground transportation industry since 1991, writing thousands of articles on a wide variety of subjects.

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