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SA L-platers the first to test drive new learner app


South Australia is the first state to recognise the new app

Learning to drive in South Australia is about to get a whole lot easier, with the introduction of a new app, giving L-platers an alternative to the traditional logbook.

The AAMI SmartPlates app allows users to track their driving hours digitally, while also recording useful information such as the route taken, weather, road and traffic conditions.

Suncorp Chief Customer Experience Officer Mark Reinke said AAMI SmartPlates aims to better meet the needs of young drivers, who tend to rely more heavily on apps, than pens and paper.

“It’s no secret that millennials use technology to manage almost every aspect of their lives. This is an innovative way to help make learning to drive easier, while meeting the requirements of the South Australian government,” Mr Reinke said.

“Our latest AAMI Crash Index revealed young drivers aged 18 to 24 are more likely to be involved in car accidents than any other age group. The data also highlighted, only 25 per cent feel completely confident in their abilities when they begin driving alone.

“This is just some of the research that was taken into account when developing and piloting the app. As a result, we have included features such as the ‘Road Block’ function, which blocks incoming phone calls while a session is active on Android smartphones.”

Learner drivers using the app will also be exposed to an evolving database of over 40 driving tips, written by qualified driving instructors.

South Australia is the first state to accept AAMI SmartPlates as an official record of completed learner driver hours.

AAMI SmartPlates is available for free download now on the App Store and Google Play. 

Additional AAMI Crash Index 2016 statistics around young drivers aged 18 to 24 and their habits, include:

  • Fifty-five per cent admitted to having been distracted by a passenger while driving.
  • A third admitted they read or send text messages while driving;
  • Over half admitted they drive with their phones on their lap or seat;
  • Seven per cent admitted to posting social media updates while driving;
  • Seventy-two per cent have been unsure of what the speed limit is;
  • Forty-three per cent opened their car doors without first checking for cyclists.

Disclaimer: AAMI SmartPlates is a product of AAI Limited ABN 48 005 297 807 trading as AAMI. AAMI SmartPlates Driving Log is only accepted in SA. In all other states, the AAMI SmartPlates Driving Log may not be accepted by the regulator, and a learner may need to transcribe their Driving Log into their Official Log Book.