AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Zebra, the nation's most most visited car insurance comparison marketplace, today distributed the results of a study exploring the impact of new technology on auto insurance rates, revealing that drivers with new and advanced anti-theft and safety technology features in their cars see little to no reward or discounts from auto insurance companies - despite the proven benefits of the technology. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161101/435227-INFO (See full studywith state-by-state results.) "Consumers are constantly seeking methods to lower their auto insurance rates. Avoiding crashes and maintaining a clean driving record is absolutely one of the best ways to do that," The Zebra COO Joshua Dziabiak said. "But drivers are human. So while we're fortunate that technology exists to help us avoid crashes and stay safer on the roads, shouldn't drivers who seek that help and drive cars with that life-saving technology be rewarded by their auto insurance companies?" Drivers Using Vehicle Safety and Security Tech Save Less Than 1% on Insurance Of nine safety features studied (blind spot warning, driver alertness monitoring, collision preparation systems, lane departure warning, night vision, parking assistance, rear-view cameras, heads-up displays, and electronic stability control), only one - electronic stability control (ESC) - shows any reduction on average national premiums, though it saves just $5 per year. In fact, 17 states show no auto insurance savings at all for any of these safety devices. Auto insurance savings are also largely insignificant for the four anti-theft devices studied:
Passive disabling devices: $11 per year (just 0.83% of national average annual $1,323 premium*)
Tracking devices: $9
Active disabling devices: $7
Audible alarm: $6
Yet Tech Features Proven to Improve Safety and Security In 2015, traffic fatalities in the U.S. reached 35,092. A decade prior, however, they were 25 percent higher. The Department of Transportation (DOT) has cited safety programs and vehicle improvements such as airbags and ESC as having contributed to reducing traffic fatalities so substantially.