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Honda, Acura would like to give you feedback on your driving habits, free of charge

Honda and Acura are giving customers the opportunity to get feedback on their driving habits.

Photo courtesy of Acura

Vehicles enabled with AcuraLink and HondaLink are now able to give owners feedback on their driving habits - free of charge. In fact, it may actually save you some money.

The new Driver Feedback app-based feature can provide vehicle sensor-based driving score. The scores are designed to encourage better, more fuel-efficient driving techniques by giving drivers insights into their behind-the-wheel behaviors that have a proven correlation with insurance claims, including crash occurrences.

2020 Acura RDX Drivers of the current-generation Acura RDX are eligible to participate in the program. Photo courtesy of Acura

Components of the drive experience that are analyzed include smooth driving (smooth accelerations and gentle braking), speed responsibility (speed and fuel economy), consistent driving (time of driving each day - commuters are less likely to crash when they travel at the same time each day), driving time (what hours driving takes place, avoiding risky driving hours), and time behind the wheel (there is a correlation between time behind-the-wheel and the average likelihood of being involved in a crash).

The feature is powered by Verisk Analytics. When customers agree to the program's terms, Verisk will analyze the data the vehicle's sensors provides and push a driving score to the owner's app.

According to Verisk's analysis of driving behaviors and insurance risk, the lowest scoring drivers are seven times more likely to be involved in a crash or have an insurance claim than those with the highest scores.

Those who are eligible for the program include owners who have ever signed up for a complementary trial trial or subscribed to any AcuraLink or HondaLink package.

Eligible Acura models include:

Eligible Honda models include:

Discounts are available on insurance rates in 42 U.S. states. The amount of discounts and ability to apply for them varies by states and insurance companies.

Some participants may receive score-based offers for insurance discounts after three months of participating in the program.

Participation in Driver Feedback is optional at all times, and no specific vehicle or personal information is shared with any third parties, including insurance providers, without authorization from the subscriber.

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Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon Package The package can be ordered for Wrangler Willys models later this year. Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon Package

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The package's 35-inch tires make the Willys Jeep's third Wrangler model with hardcore rolling stock. It joins the Wrangler Rubicon and Wrangler Rubicon 392 in the 35-inch club, all of which can be equipped with the tires directly from the factory.

Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon Package A factory lift helps improve ground clearance and capability.Jeep

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2022 Infiniti Q50 Exterior styling has not changed for 2022.Infiniti

Headline updates for the 2022 Q50 are wireless Apple CarPlay and newly standard Bose Performance Series Audio. There's now leather for every trim, but in the ways that count, the car is the same as the one we saw last year, the year before, and so on.

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2022 Infiniti Q50 All-wheel drive is available for all models.Infiniti

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2022 Infiniti Q50 Wireless Apple CarPlay and Bose audio are standard.Infiniti

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