How scores are calculated?

Your total score is calculated from all your journeys which have been recorded on TripMate. The score for a single journey is based on your driving skills, such as smooth driving (how you accelerate and brake), the time of day, the length of your journey by hours driven and phone usage. All scores range from 0 - 100 with 100 being a perfect score and very hard to achieve.

  • Smooth Driving – This measures your level of anticipation of traffic flow, taking into account how hard you accelerate and brake. A good score indicates that you are driving smoothly and safely throughout your journeys.

  • Speed – This measures the safety of the speed your car is travelling at throughout your journey. In general, if you are flowing with the traffic at an appropriate speed you will get a better score than if you are driving too fast or weaving through other traffic. TripMate does not use road speed limits to calculate the Speed score because we recognise these sometimes change and variable limits can apply.

  • Mobile Use – This measures mobile phone usage when you are behind the wheel, tracking all instances of phone calls and any physical use of the phone that took place throughout your journey. It is a combination of the mental distraction caused by being on a phone call whilst driving and physical distraction measured by how much you physically interact with your phone during your journey. Remember, use of a phone while driving is often illegal, and if you have to use your phone it should be through a hands-free device. Be sure to always comply with the law when you are driving.

  • Fatigue – This assesses the additional risk you may be exposing yourself to by driving for an extended period of time. This score does not in any way measure how physically tired you are personally. To reduce the risk it is advised that drivers take breaks during long journeys to avoid losing concentration or becoming fatigued.

  • Time of Day – This considers the time of day or night that you are completing your journey. This score has nothing to do with how you drive; instead it relates to the risk posed by driving at that particular time of the day. Be aware that late-night journeys are up to 10 times riskier than driving during the daytime so driving during the night will impact your score.

Why don’t I see my score when a journey is finished?

The app itself doesn’t calculate the score. Your driving data is sent to our server where your scores are calculated. Depending on the length of your journey, this may take several seconds or a little longer. You will receive your score sooner if you allow TripMate to use your mobile data in order to transmit your driving data. Using Wi-Fi delays transmission of your data until the next time you are connected to a Wi-Fi source. You can choose to use mobile data or Wi-Fi in the Settings menu of this app.