Accurately recording and then claiming for mileage incurred for work can be a headache. But now there’s a simple and quick solution that allows drivers to download business vs personal miles directly from the car and straight into their expense form. It’s called ‘Business Miles’ and it’s one of a number of time and money saving features from – Smartdriverclub – the UK’s first connected car service.
Smartdriverclub gets cars connected via a simple plug-in device behind the steering column. Costing just £6.60 per month* Smartdriverclub also supports driver safety along with their employer’s duty of care responsibilities by offering safety features such as crash alerts which can speed up the response of emergency services, breakdown recovery support and warnings of any emerging problems in the car. All the drivers’ information and services are viewable via a secure online portal or the Smartdriverclub app called Viewpoint.
Business Miles allows drivers to tag journeys as Business or Personal, and even to set business hours into the app to ensure automatic tagging of any miles driven. This results in an accurate and full report of all miles driven for business, which can be loaded directly into an expenses claim. The tracking feature also enables the driver to provide ‘evidence of trip’ to validate any claims.
Penny Searles, CEO of Smartdriverclub says, “We’ve worked out drivers can easily waste *5 days a year working out mileage claims equating to at least **£500 in the cost of their time, and that’s not factoring in loss of money through inaccurate mileage information.
“Business Miles cuts the time it can take to complete expenses forms, improves the accuracy so that drivers don’t miss out and guarantees all information necessary for HMRC is provided in full. This is the first in a number of enhancements we are making to give drivers much greater control over their car costs and their safety through connectivity.”
Smartdriverclub comprises the following services in one package:
My Mechanic – This will alert a motorist if a car problem crops up, suggest what they can do about it and find a local dealer they can talk to.
Crash Assistance – If the customer is in a collision and Smartdriverclub can’t reach the customer on their mobile phone, they will contact the emergency services and direct them to the location.
Stolen Car – An in-car tracker activated by the customer means that if it’s stolen, the Police should know exactly where to look.
Breakdown Help – Smartdriverclub will inform roadside assistance so they know where the customer is and have useful information about their car.
My Driving – Motorists can save money on fuel costs by seeing how efficiently their car performs on each journey with a smart driving history that helps them manage fuel use.
My Deals – Customers can save money on everything from servicing to new tyres. Just tap through the app for the latest deal from their dealership.
Value My Car – Smartdriverclub provides a valuation of the customer’s car that’s actually based on their car so that they can use this instant price for better deals and finance.
Where’s my car? – A handy little map is provided to show where the car is located, any time of the day or night – providing great peace of mind for family members
Business Miles – Business drivers can accurately record their business vs personal miles and download the information directly into their expense forms, confident that it is validated information for mileage claims
Club Insurance – Preferential rates for good drivers based on their driving behaviour, to ensure customers are not paying for the poor behaviour of others.
Car WiFi optional – Family car journeys are always a challenge especially with teenagers in the back seat desperate to upload the latest selfie or to connect with their friends on chat. A connected road trip could also mean a blissful journey with everyone occupied in the car.