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I’ve been test driving the Progressive Snapshot device. It’s supposed to analyze your driving and determine if you’re eligible for a discount on your insurance.
I am going to preface this by saying a few things. I live in an area where high school students don’t take Driver’s Ed. It’s not only not mandatory, as far as I can tell, it’s not even offered. Thusly, people here cannot drive. At all. We have freeways, but we can’t actually get where we need to go on them, as they border the town. Consequently, everywhere you want to go has to be on surface streets, zigging and zagging back and forth. And leading back to the Driver’s Ed thing, signals seem to be a mere suggestion – both the traffic and the turn variety.
I’m sure you can see where this is going. I keep getting dinged for hard braking. Well, that and that I drive a lot of miles. I kind of do drive a lot of miles, but not that many. I live about 20 miles from my office, and add in a couple of errands, and voila. Too many miles being driven! Every time you commit an infraction, the Progressive Snapshot device beeps three times. It’s almost become a joke in our house that every time you turn a corner or someone’s in front of you that it’s gonna beep.
Anyway, I’d rather have to brake hard because someone decided not to signal that they’re turning into Sonic (true story!) than rear-end them. I mean, that is preferable, right? In my 13 years of driving (that looks like a lot when written out) I’ve never had an accident or a moving violation.