21 July 2016

Want to be a Better Driver? Car doesn’t have Bluetooth? No problemo!

If you and your friends, workmates or family have ever argued over who is the best driver, Better Driver from Carrot Insurance is the perfect way to prove it. Created after the success of our original ‘New Driver’ black box ‘telematics’ and app package for young and newly-qualified drivers with 2 years’ driving experience or less, Better Driver is for people who have been driving for a little longer. This time there’s no telematics box fitted to the car, as Better Driver works over Bluetooth using an Apple iOS or Android smartphone app.

We totally get that modern life isn’t exactly cheap and not everyone can afford a newer car which has built-in Bluetooth, so to allow people who own older cars or just models without Bluetooth to still enjoy Better Driver’s many benefits, we came up with an ingenious solution called Wingman, also known as the ‘Carrot Beacon’.

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In simple terms, it’s an orange gadget approximately the size of a computer mouse, which Better Driver customers stick to the inside of their windscreens. It acts as a kind of tag associated with your car. Each time the Better Driver app on your phone detects the presence of Wingman using Bluetooth and also detects movement from your car, the app will start recording your journey.

It’s an absolute doddle to stick the Wingman dongle inside your car and pair it with Bluetooth on your smartphone. Just make sure you’re confident about exactly where you want to position the beacon and attempt it in daylight when you’re sitting comfortably, as the glue used is similar to that used on Eurofighter airplanes, so is really tough. If you’re wondering how much Wingman costs, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. That’s right, we provide it free of charge – Zero. Zilch. Nada.

As a Better Driver policyholder, you’ll have the chance to prove that you really are more skilled behind the wheel than your mates, colleagues or relatives, as the app records each journey and scores how well you’ve been driving. Keep the needle in the green for a week and you’ll earn one of a range of fantastic treats, from a free slice of takeaway pizza or a slab of heavenly chocolate, to a cinema ticket or music download.

If you’ve got any questions or comments about Wingman, the Carrot Beacon, you can get in touch with us using Twitter, Facebook, phone or email.

Oliver Hammond

Written by Oliver Hammond

Oliver is an established freelance motoring writer, published journalist and automotive copywriter based in Manchester. He regularly reviews cars and covers events and launches as editor of petroleumvitae.com and his articles appear in various magazines each month. No relation to Richard from Top Gear, he’s got a weakness for luxo-barges, proper 4x4s and oddball cars.